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This is an interesting (if slow-moving) development in the recognition of credentials. While currently, institutional accreditation is the gold standard underpinning formal education, it is centralized, complex and time-consuming. People are looking for alternatives. According to this article, "Certifications provide one such avenue. Their value is inherently tied to the individuals or organization doing the certification. These people or institutions are vouching for the students they are vetting through the process of endorsing their learning." And, as Konrad Glogowski, the chair of Teachers Without Borders, argues, "this certificate is often the difference between being hired or not hired for educators in sub-Saharan Africa." Though TWB courses are not accredited, they provide, as the article notes, "a measure of competence."

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