From Credits to Microcredentials

Make the value of the courses in school based on a microcredential that can be applied/transferred in the world beyond school, vs a credit.

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To provide students with a better chance at sharing what they know and can do, while also promoting digital literacy, citizenship, and connections of learning, what if we eliminated credits and changed them into Microcredentials (digital badges) that, using the Open Badge credential system, would manage and maintain evidence of earned credentials to share with potential employers and/or admissions offices?  This way, marketable and discernible skills are easily transferred and understood.

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Hey Matthew (Matt or Matthew?), you are all over the guild! I love it! I like how this would give a fuller picture of the student as a whole person, not just classes they take. I'm thinking about my 10 year old nephew who has been obsessed with the periodic table of elements since he was 4.  He's also now made 4 educational videos on particle physics.  How cool would it be if students could receive credits for their passions?

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Call me Matt.  Believe me... I've been called worse. ;)

its time one we stopped thinking about credits in antiquated fashion and started thinking about credits as being useful beyond the classroom.  I'd love to see a scenario where a student could earn multiple Microcredentials in a class and take those to a job interview, or to a college admissions office, or to a bank to get startup money.  Someone needs to start this and push this necessity... So why not us?  Why not now?  

"It has to happen somewhere; it has to happen sometime.  What better place than here; what better time than now." -Rage Against The Machine

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Okay... not very "coach-like," but just gotta say... I LOVE that you just quoted Rage Against the Machine!! 

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Love the power of that band!

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