Most of the skills acquisition happens outside of the regulated education world. From watching a video on Youtube to taking a course, people are always learning. The problem comes when someone needs to claim some skills in a hiring process. How can the candidate show evidences? Can the employer be sure that this person knows what claims to know?
Digital badges can be the answer. They include all the necessary information and can certify any kind of learning. Plus, everyone can issue badges. Of course, it doesn’t mean all the badges value the same. It will depend on who issues them, the badge issuing criteria and the needs of the employer.
But there is a problem: digital badges are not very popular yet. Employers can’t consider what they don’t know and candidates often don’t think a badge will make any difference when applying for a position.
Things start moving, though.
MJ Bishop tells us about an IMS Global Learning Consortium initiative aiming the creation of a Digital Credentials Currency Framework. You can read all the details on The Open Badges for Education Extensions (OBEE) Initiative.
Another good action is the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration (bord). It was approved in 2016 and wants to be a call for a universal open architecture for the recognition of lifelong and lifewide learning achievements.
The declaration is open for support, by the way. We have already shown ours! And about the DCCF, we will keep an eye on it.