Purely Digital for Distinct Skills, Knowledge and Competencies

Spencer Ideas, Jan 24, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In my email today was this press release (useless adjectives excised): "Professional Examination Service today introduced the credentialing industry’s first  comprehensive system to create, deliver and display digital 'badges,' the ProExam Digital Micro-Credential solution. The new service is being shown for the first time at the Association of Test Publishers’ annual Innovations in Testing Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 3-6, 2013. The ProExam Digital Micro-Credential adds psychometric soundness, exacting assessment and one-click secure verification to the emerging open badges environment, which is being driven by efforts and organizations such as the Mozilla Open Badges project and the MacArthur Foundation." What's most interesting in this to me is the recasting of 'badges' as 'micro-credentials'. This makes them seem much more adult and, hence, credible. As for all the claims to be 'first', well, I have my doubts.

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