October 1st, 2012
article in the Chronicle today, Oct. 1, 2012, confirms, in case you were
wondering, that the MOOC and badges movement (or "mania”) continues
to the article -- http://chronicle.com/article/Massive-Excitement-About/134678/
-- written by Katherine Mangan – "led by some of the nation's most prestigious
research universities, new players are signing on each month to teach free,
online courses that have drawn tens of thousands of students worldwide.”
have written a couple of blogs about the advent of alternative learning opportunities
and the challenge of credentialing learning out of sight of teachers or mentors
and outside of a standard curriculum. The popular answer is badges and
certificates. My question is, Where do you put those badges and
certificates and how do you show evidence of their value?
a recent article I published in Campus Technology -- http://campustechnology.com/articles/2012/09/19/12-important-trends-in-the-eportfolio-industry.aspx
-- I mentioned that a number of eportfolio providers are strategizing about how
to incorporate badges and certificates into eportfolios. They are also
looking at the "DIY learner” who may or may not be affiliated with a learning
would seem that the burgeoning trend toward alternate learning, either within
or without institutions, should be ideal for eportfolios. Yet, as in the
article, and others about MOOCs and badges and certificates, no author mentions
eportfolios. How do we get the word out? It seems those pushing
MOOCs and badges have a problem – credibility – and we in the eportfolio
community have the answer. How to let them know?
Randall Rode of Yale, I’m co-leading a NERCOMP workshop on "Alternative
Credentialing: Badges and ePortfolios” on November 1. See: http://nercomp.org/index.php?section=events&evtid=194.
Join us if you are interested. This is one effort to get the word
out that the eportfolio movement and the MOOCs-badges-certificates movement are
on parallel tracks but should be on the same track. How can we do more?