Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Millennial demand drives higher ed badging expansion - Matt Zalaznick, University Business

Stony Brook University on Long Island in New York has awarded 130 badges in its school of professional development since launching them just over a year ago. Stony Brook University on Long Island in New York has awarded 130 badges in its school of professional development since launching them just over a year ago. Almost all U.S. colleges and universities now award certificates, digital badges and other forms of microcredentials so students can quickly show an employer specialized skills they’ve acquired. Driving this fast-growing trend are workforce millennials who want to learn, for instance, how to operate an Amazon delivery drone or repair a self-driving car without having to earn another degree, says James Fong, director of the Center for Research and Marketing Strategy at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. A generation immersed in social media, millennials are also drawn to the gamified aspect of collecting and displaying digital badges, says Fong, who recently completed a study on the growing influence of microcredentials in higher ed. https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/millennial-demand-drives-higher-ed-badging-expansion

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