Against mass consumption of ‘already certified’ credentials

Doug Belshaw, Open Educational Thinkering, Feb 04, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Doug Belshaw bemoans the unsurprising co-option of digital badges by established institutions. "Even though the tools to do something radically different are available, people seem content to do as they’re told, going cap in hand to the existing powers that be." Sure, there were alternative credentials, but these were swept away by the mainstream. "If we have a landscape full of ‘alternative credentials’ provided by the incumbents," writes Belshaw, "then, I’m sad to say, this may all have been for naught." I don't think you can disrupt certificate-granting institutions with more certificates. I think you need an approach that makes certification superfluous.

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