Learn About Digital Badging with Continuing and Professional Education

Learn About Digital Badging with Continuing and Professional Education

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– As individuals work
longer in their careers, as technology and the
dimensions around the workplace changes at a much more rapid
pace than in prior years, we’ve recognized that individuals
will be working longer. They’ll be working in maybe
five or six different careers, not jobs. And in order to make these transitions, individuals will need to
display that they have the competencies, the skills, and the capabilities to succeed. So what we have adopted here at our Continuing and Professional Education Unit at Montclair State
University is the concept of electronic badges. Electronic badges are a credential. They have the same level of integrity that one would expect getting from a traditional higher
education institution. However, they’re not as
rigorous as an academic. They’re not meant to be as rigorous. But they’re more
practical skills oriented. What an individual would be
able to do with the badge, and what employers are
looking for from individuals as they look to see what
skills an individual professional might be able to
bring to a particular position is a very descriptive list
of capabilities and skills. The electronic badges that we have will have listed very clearly
the skills and competencies that an individual will have developed in our certificate programs, such that an employer in looking
at an individual’s resume will have extra information that shows what an individual’s capable of doing. Especially if an individual
may have received an undergraduate degree
in one particular area, and now has moved three careers away. What it also does for
an employer is it shows that an individual is making
an investment in themselves, and as an employer I certainly
would be much more prone to hire an individual who
has taken the initiative to make an investment
in themself as somebody who I think would be willing
to come to my organization and do the same thing for me. So they really are a great way to, for the individual to help them
to skill up rather quickly, and for an organization
who is looking to hire individuals a way to see
what particular and specific skills and capabilities an
individual has, number one, and number two, in a less
direct way it shows employers that those individuals
who are willing to invest in their own skills and
development of their skills as an employee is probably
gonna have the grit, the motivation, and the initiative to work well for them as well.

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