An Alternative to the College Degree | Scott

Scott, A. (2012). An alternative to the college degree. Marketplace. Retrieved from http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/alternative-college-degree American Public Media released the piece “An Alternative to the College Degree?” in which Scott (2012) detailed the function of a college degree and the information or

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An interview on badge system design with DPD Project Coordinator Nate Otto

DPD Project Coordinator Nate Otto was recently recorded in an interview by Verena Roberts, who is working with the University of British Columbia to implement badges in some learning programs. The discussion covered the DPD Project’s approach to studying badge systems

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Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce |Conference Board

Conference Board, The. (2006). Are they really ready to work? Employers’ perspectives on the basic knowledge and applied skills of new entrants to the 21st century U.S. workforce. Retrieved from http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/FINAL_REPORT_PDF09-29-06.pdf. The report provides a look at employers’ views on

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Badge System Design: What We Talk About When We Talk About Validity | Casilli

Casilli, C. (2012). Badge system design: What we talk about when we talk about validity. Persona. Retrieved from http://carlacasilli.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/badge-system-design-what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-validity/. In her article “Badge System Design: What We Talk About When We Talk About Validity,” Casilli (2012) addressed questions and assumptions

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Charter Building and Labor Market Contacts in Two-Year Colleges | Deil-Amen and Rosenbaum

Deil-Amen, R., and Rosenbaum, J. E. (2004). Charter building and labor market contacts in two-year colleges. Sociology of Education, 77, 245-265. Retrieved from https://www.coe.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/charterbuilding.pdf Deil-Amen and Rosenbaum (2004) showed how colleges that serve disadvantaged students work to build relationships of

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Credentials, Signals, and Screens: Explaining the Relationship Between Schooling and Job Assignment | Bills

Bills, D. B. (2003). Credentials, signals, and screens: Explaining the relationship between schooling and job assignment. Review of Educational Review, 73(4), 441-449. Retrieved from http://rer.sagepub.com/content/73/4/441.abstract#cited-by Bills (2003) presented and examined a set of theories that explain the relationship between credentials

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Education and Social Stratification Processes in Comparative Perspective | Kerckhoff

Kerckhoff, A. C. (2001). Education and social stratification processes in comparative perspective. Sociology of Education Extra Issue, 74, 3-18. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2673250uid=3739560&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104408455123 In “Education and Social Stratification Processes in Comparative Perspective,” Kerckhoff (2001,pdf) discussed the transition from full-time schooling to joining the

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Educational Impostors and Fake Degrees | Atwell & Domina

Atwell, P. & Domina, T. (2011). Educational imposters and fake degrees. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 29(1), 57-69. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0276562410000685 In “Educational Impostors and Fake Degrees,” Atwell & Domina (2011) described a social phenomenon of false claims made

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Employer Perceptions of Online Degrees: A Literature Review | Columbaro & Monaghan

Columbaro, N. L., Monaghan, C. H. (Unpublished). Employer perceptions of online degrees: A literature review. Cleveland State University, n.d. Retrieved from http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring121/columbaro121.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter This article provides a broad overview on the literature pertaining to the perceptions of online credentials compared with

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Employers, Quality and Standards in Higher Education: Shared Values and Vocabularies or Elitism and Inequalities? | Morley and Aynsley

Morley, L. and Aynsley, S. “Employers, Quality and Standards in Higher Education: Shared Values and Vocabularies or Elitism and Inequalities?” Higher Education Quarterly 61 (2007): 229–249. This paper examined employers’ use of quality and standards in higher education to recruit

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Mozilla Open Badges
Digital Badges are web-enabled credentials of learning or accomplishment. -Erin Knight, director of the Badge Alliance
Badges contain detailed claims about learning, links to actual evidence of learning, and they're shareable over the web. -Dan Hickey, DPD Project Lead Investigator
To me, digital badges represent the bridge between formal learning & informal structures. -Alex Halavais, DML research competition winner
Open Badges can help people tell a verifiable story about their accomplishments. -Nate Otto, DPD Project coordinator
Regardless of where you start, it’s more than likely you’ll end up somewhere other than your intended destination. That’s okay. Systems are living things, and your badge system needs to be flexible. You must embrace a bit of chaos in its design. -Carla Casilli, Director of Design + Practice at the Badge Alliance