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Badging: Yes or No? Why? How? Future or Fad?

45 minutes
Micro-Credentialing/Badging and the Platforms that Support It
Higher Education
Oral Presentation

Alternative Credentials, badging microcredentialing, stackable credentials, portability of credentials—what's this all about? What happened to just getting a degree? The multiple reasons for and results of embarking on an Alternative Credentials initiative at your school range from enhancing and documenting student career readiness to marketing your programs to a whole new audience. If employers like Amazon and IBM are saying they don't look for college degrees, understanding the alternative ways students are gaining skills is critical. The session's objectives include understanding basic terminology, the five-step process to launch an initiative, and four university examples of different types of credentials. We will share the highs and lows of what we have learned through MSUM's badging initiative. Attend this session to make a more educated decision on joining this movement


Pamela McGee, Denise Gorsline, Joshua Behl, Minnesota State University, Moorhead