At MBS Direct, a provider of digital and print educational resources, one challenge is to stay current with a constantly evolving industry. There is always something new to learn, and in order to grow alongside the industry, everybody needs to keep up and remain on the same page. That line of thinking is what led to the MBS Direct digital badging program, headed by Senior Digital Consultant Carrie Watkins.
Credly is teaming up with three of the nation’s leading organizations to sponsor a $10,000 “ideation challenge” geared towards generating innovations that use digital credentials as part of an effort to train individuals in high-demand skills and match qualified workers with great opportunities.
Danielle Sadighi of the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) saw digital badges as a way for nationally certified allied health professionals to share their achievements with prospective employers in a manner that was visual, verified and accessible. She soon discovered her strategy also generated significant savings for the association.
PBS NewsHour covers the rise of digital credentials, featuring Credly partners Georgetown University and The Education Design Lab. Credly board member Ryan Craig explains, “what microcredentials are signaling is the shift from degree-based hiring to competency-based hiring.” Student Alexis Oni-Eseleh earns “Catalyst” badge … and gets the job!
The very technologies that would threaten the historic value proposition of associations may pave the way for their tech-enabled second act. In an Op-Ed appearing in TheHill.com blog, Credly CEO Jonathan Finkelstein and Practice CEO Paul Freedman describe how three trends – the unbundling of the degree, the rise of social networks and the shift from content provision to assessment – are impacting the association marketplace.
The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) was looking for a way to engage young professionals in the association, provide additional membership benefits and showcase the unique skills of its membership to a larger audience. It turned to digital credentials.
The AICPA is using digital credentials to help its 412,000 members secure a competitive advantage and stand out from the crowd.
Credly and Wonderlic announced a partnership to grant digital credentials to students and graduates in allied health fields who complete competency-based assessments as part of Wonderlic’s Career Education Talent Showcase.
Destiny Solutions announced plans to create a powerful integration with Credly, adding digital credentials to the offerings available at some of North America’s top colleges and universities. The seamless connection will allow education institutions using the Destiny One platform to validate the skills, competencies and achievements of their students.
What started as a redesign of the ISU Honors Program grew to a constellation of skillsets, experiences, and opportunities for students, fueled by the use of digital badges.