Near-Future Watch: Digital Merit Badges for Job Seekers

The New York Times has another look at the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Merit Badge Project:

The MacArthur Foundation is putting millions of dollars into a competition to spur interest in a new type of badge — one that people can display not on their clothing but on a Web site, blog or Facebook page while they are looking for a job.

The badges will not replace résumés or transcripts, but they may be a convenient supplement, putting the spotlight on skills that do not necessarily show up in traditional documents — highly specialized computer knowledge, say, or skills learned in the military, in online courses or in after-school programs at museums or libraries.

Brilliant idea. One can easily imagine that the online learning community will rally around this. Authenticity will be verified by the issuer. A crucial feature.

This will be very helpful in job searches, helping people find job positions that align closely with their official credentials.


Christopher Wofford is Digital Media Producer and host of WebSeries at eCornell.
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