How Well Do Soft-skill Badges Work for Job Seekers? New Study Aims to Find Out.

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That’s the kind of deeply human attribute employers say they’re looking for in job candidates as companies try to adapt to modern changes in technology and business strategy. Companies want skilled employees, and talented students want jobs.

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What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

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The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

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The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study.

3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

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Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. But the rules and norms for handling digital information generated by students are far from clear. Few were predicting, however, that new certifications or badges would eliminate the value of a college degree.

As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

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The university offers digital badges rather than degrees or certificates for the completion of some courses. He was also curious about the credential being offered for successfully completing the course: not a conventional degree or a certificate, but a “badge.”. “I

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BloomBoard Appoints New CEO, Restructures Focus Around Micro-Credentials

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In some cases, results are simply nonexistent—or a “mirage” according to the TNTP study, which “found no evidence that any particular kind or amount of professional development consistently helps teachers improve.” To tackle this major problem, Digital Promise , a nonprofit founded in 2008 with authorization from Congress, has been steadfastly working on a framework for “ micro-credentials.” The company also downsized personnel but Kenyon did not share further details.

OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

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Related: Apprenticeships could provide a path to the middle class for millions of workers, new study says. That’s why employers and prospective employees will need to get more comfortable with alternative credentialing like specialized certifications, micro degrees and digital badges.

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

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And lately, the topic has made its way into discussions around digital credentials in higher education. Komarny, formerly the Chief Digital Office at the University of Texas, kicked off the event explaining why some higher-ed leaders are thinking of applying blockchain technology to credentialing. Now with blockchain and the tokenization of different initiatives, he thinks there’s an opportunity to pay people to learn and offer students financial incentives for their studies.

Sony Vows to Bring “Blockchain” Tech to Education. Will It Take Hold in K-12?

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Blockchain is known today primarily for its use in the world of finance, most notably for Bitcoin , a digital payment system or type of “crypto-currency,” meant to be powered by users, rather than a central authority. company, then graduated from a Japanese university, he said.

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” Bible study, I’m guessing. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Two sports apparel company executives and an aspiring sports agent were found guilty Wednesday of wire fraud charges in connection with the most significant sports scandal in recent National Collegiate Athletic Association history – a scheme to pay off the families of men’s basketball recruits and secure their commitment to teams at Adidas-sponsored universities.”

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Is the college degree outdated?

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The credentials come from many sources: traditional universities, online platforms like edX, trade organizations like the American Hotel and Lodging Institute and companies like Jiffy Lube and IBM. Adam Braun started the company as “an alternative for those looking for more career focus.”

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” (Related: “Theranos investor Tim Draper blames the company’s downfall on an investigative journalist,” Business Insider reports.). ” ECOT is the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online charter school company. a Florida-based breakfast chain, has joined a growing number of companies offering employee education benefits.” ” Via Education Week : “How (and Why) Ed-Tech Companies Are Tracking Students’ Feelings.”

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product.

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Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.” “This Machine Learning-Powered Software Teaches Kids To Be Better Writers,” Fast Company claims. The company, which helps corporations run education programs for their employees, has raised $31.5

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” A follow-up from Cory Doctorow : “Deluded billionaire gives UC Irvine $200M to study homeopathy and ‘alternative’ therapies.” Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” Edsurge profiles the latest from Degreed : “This Company Wants to Help You Hire for Skills, Not Credentials.”

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In her consulting life, she has led CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans and content for companies, provided professional Gray is the recipient of ISTE’s Making It Happen award and the Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator distinctions.

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Via Edsurge : “As LinkedIn ’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges.” “ Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction,” according to MIndwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Related, via Doug Belshaw : “Some thoughts on the future of the Open Badges backpack.” Google has launched a curriculum called “ Be Internet Awesome ” to encourage digital safety and citizenship.

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” The company – funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Pearson, Learn Capital, and others – says it will remain open. ” “The Indiana Department of Education is seeking $4 million in damages from the company that created last year’s problem-plagued ISTEP test. The state blames the California-based CTB company for the scoring problems and technical glitches that led to delays in releasing last year’s test results,” says Chalkbeat.

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” Via Buzzfeed : “ Michael Katze , famous for his studies of Ebola and the flu, ran a lab at the University of Washington where intoxication and sexual harassment went unchecked, and where he misused public resources for personal gain.” Conference of Mayors Resolves to Support Digital Badging ,” says Edsurge. There’s some more research on badges and alternative credentials in the research section below. Education Politics.

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'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. Code.org is backed by a long list of technology companies – from AT&T to Amazon to Facebook to Google to Verizon. (I’ll For a complete look at who funded learn-to-code companies this year, visit funding.hackeducation.com.). MIT will issue digital diplomas on the blockchain.