Educators and administrators at Colorado Community College System recognized that local advanced manufacturing jobs were going unfilled despite the presence of qualified candidates graduating from their schools. In response, they developed a digital credential system focused on making key skills and competencies transparent and known to employers. It’s working.
Credly CEO Jonathan Finkelstein and Celisa Steele of the Leading Learning podcast discuss digital credentials and their applications, including how digital credentials are helping associations recruit, engage and empower their membership.
The American Council on Education (ACE) and Credly announced that participants in ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) will now be able to issue digital credentials through Credly, making it easier for working professionals to request academic credit for workplace training and to share evidence of their achievements online.
Credly CEO Jonathan Finkelstein was joined by Kara Gwaltney (Director, CREDIT Evaluations – American Council on Education) and Gary Brahm (Chancellor, Brandman University) on the TransformingEDU stage at CES 2017 to discuss the current impact and future potential of digital credentials in both academic and workforce settings.
Wonderlic builds on the potential of digital credentials through innovative assessments in allied health and soft skills. New research and early returns suggest employers are taking note.
Canvas’ integration with Credly’s new rules engine allows digital credentials to be triggered by completion of Canvas modules, assignments or other important achievement milestones.
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!