“Jailbreaking the degree”

If you’re interested in micro-credentialing, capturing tacit/explicit knowledge and interests of potential team members,  and the future of tertiary education and lifelong learning – read on:

Whilst listening to a podcast called “Disrupt Yourself”, I heard of a micro-credentialing platform called “Degreed” (David Blake #77).

According to the Degreed site, the system works by individuals submitting statements, evidence and endorsement of their skills. The system awards a Skill Level Certification based on the evidence you submit. An RPL process with a badge/micro credential at the end of it.

Big name companies – NASA, CISCO, KIA, Mastercard, Bank of America, JPL, DELL EMC, Intel, GitHub –  use Degreed, so I thought it worth bringing to the attention of those of you interested in micro credentialling as well as all of us considering the future of tertiary education and how to make it relevant to industry and useful for students.

Degreed has the mission of “jailbreaking the degree”. Not only can you show what you know – but you can add what you’re doing to learn to show you’re advancing and you can follow others to see what they’re learning and how they’re building their skills and knowledge. The platform is also trying to index the world’s learning resources and then can use algorithms to make suggestions to you to help you achieve your goals.

It makes sense to me for those people who are not prepared to/can’t afford to/don’t want to get additional formal qualifications in their professional lives but do want recognition for what they know and can do. Another problem this sort of platform solves (in my humble opinion) is the bullshitting that goes on when people apply for jobs. A third is the ability to see what people you admire are doing to further their skills and abilities so you can follow in their footsteps.

Skills recognition, credentialling, suggested learning pathways, peer to peer connections and advice — could this be the disrupter that the tertiary education sector has been fearing?