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Columbaro, N. L., Monaghan, C. H. (Unpublished).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 traditional forms of credentialing.  Columbaro and Monaghan discuss how employers factor these considerations into their hiring decisions. They summed up their findings by highlighting common views of online credentials as they relate to distance learning contexts and the existing options in the ecosystem of credentials. This presents interesting implications for the role of digital badges in the evolving learning ecosystem.

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