We don't need no stinkin' badges (continued)

More on badges to certify online learning from The New York Times.  Maybe we should give out badges for attending professional conferences.  I could see an ACHE badge, something akin to a Boy Scout merit badge, that could be ironed on to a shirt.  Hmmmm. If matched with kerchief, that look could be fabulous.

Mozilla, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and others are working to devise a system of online educational “badges” certifying exactly which skills had been learned. Some companies, like Microsoft, already offer their own certificates for trained computer technicians.

Some educators doubt that such credentials will ever command as much respect as a diploma from a well-known college. And of course, to be trustworthy, alternative credentials would have to be at least as cheat-proof as traditional ones. And that is not so simple.


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