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Stephen Downes

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The only time I think I have ever used an academic transcript when when I was applying for admission to an academic program (specifically, PhD studies at the University of Alberta). Beyond that, the most my employers ever wanted from my school was confirmation that I actually did earn the degree I said I earned. They were more interested in my extracurricular activities - things like summer jobs, working on the student newspaper, or my terms as graduate student president. I don't think anyone other than I and a few U of A professors ever actually saw my final undergrad year grade point average (and I imagine they were probably more interested in the reference letters). So it's hard for me to be convinced by the case being made in this article that there is a need for a transcript containing word clouds, assignment totals, and skills inventories. I mean, from my perspective, the most such a transcript could do is harm me.

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