Handbook of Research on Innovations in the Use of Alternative Digital Credentials
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Handbook of Research on Innovations in the Use of Alternative Digital Credentials

Daniel Piedra (McMaster University, Canada)
Pages: 450|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7697-7
ISBN13: 9781799876977|ISBN10: 1799876977|EISBN13: 9781799876991|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799876984
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The world of academic credentials is going through a rapid change that has seen the emergence of alternate digital credentials (ADCs). Among these are micro-certificates, digital diplomas, and open digital badges; all of which provide a digital record of learning and which have the possibility of not only altering the landscape of academic credentials, but transforming the relationship between institutions of higher education, their learners, and society.

ADCs are a validated indicator of a specific accomplishment, skill, and quality that can be earned in various learning environments and can be added to a digital portfolio or a professional networking site such as LinkedIn for others to see. Because they contain meta data about what was accomplished in order to earn the badge, they provide more detailed information about what the recipient learned than traditional paper credentials. The use of these digital credentials can provide an information-rich record of career relevant skills and competencies, which could in time, render traditional university transcripts increasingly irrelevant and obsolete. While traditional degrees will remain somewhat important to employers, alternative forms of learning verifications are quickly creating a new system of skill and knowledge validation for the marketplace. ADC's can be used to not only validate knowledge and skills related to skills typically associated with careers, but also to the many soft or transversal skills which are key in succeeding in today's workplace.

Our world has placed greater emphasis on competency-based learning. In some academic institutions, it has come to play a greater role than the mere acquisition of degrees and standard academic credentials. If the post-secondary education industry is going to truly transform from industrial age institutions to digital age compliant, it will be necessary to re-evaluate how learning is assessed. This includes not only a transformation of how academic institutions assess, but also, how they recognize learning.

This publication aims to identify innovative examples of the use of ADCs to validate specific skills within an existing academic program or on their own. ADCs may be the means by which specific skills (hard or soft) are validated with an emphasis on their relationship to enhanced employability and recognition within an industry.

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