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Sep 2017

Democratic digital badges reach out to unrecognised majority


At LearnX 2015 Kineo’s Matt Johnson picked up on how “advances in technology have continued to democratise learning.” 

Another great example of the democratisation of learning is the growth of digital badges - ’a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest … easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display across the web’.

Digital credentialing is here

DigitalMe is successfully working with businesses and third party accreditors such as City & Guilds and ILM’s leadership qualifications and apprenticeships. As they themselves say, “Whether you're looking to digitise certifications like degrees, vocational qualifications and licences to practice so they are instantly shareable online, or just want to create a more reliable record of behaviours, CPD and human skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication - we can help you use digital credentialing to grow careers and your business.”

So digital badges have been embraced by awarding bodies as an extension of their formal offering. But what about the more informal constituency of all those people at work who may have been working for years with no formal qualifications? How can digital badges be used to validate their experience, wisdom, know-how and skill?

All inclusive credentials

Existing systems and traditions make it hard to provide trusted evidence of achievements and prevent employers from seeing non-formal qualifications, such as attributes, behaviours, time served, mastery or excellence.

These human skills are ever increasingly important in the professional world. Digital badges can be created, awarded, earned and achieved to create a lifelong richer picture of an individual's achievements and skills, and it is all backed by evidence.

A credentialing success story

Worldchefs is a global network of chefs representing over 10 million chefs worldwide. Global cuisine is a fast growing, with a highly mobile and very diverse workforce.  For many years it has been seeking common industry standards to help employers and major recruitment consultancies seek out the right talent online.  

As Steven Rick of DigitalMe explains “Most learning for cooks and chefs takes place in the kitchen, rather than in organised training centres, the majority of the skills developed are invisible to potential employers and recruiters.

Cooks and chefs are busy but tend to document things and take pictures already, they realised they needed to be able to capitalise on this working with a solution that meant an individual could showcase their skills, whilst not having leave the kitchen. It was also important to accredit skills already learnt so a ‘fast track’ system was set-up to frame, capture and communicate these with Worldchefs Global Culinary Certifications.”

A simple but robust assessment process was put in place, which saw assessors, located across the world, reviewing the evidence uploaded by cooks and chefs.  This was then seamlessly integrated with existing quality assurance systems to make sure every outcome was valid, and reliable.   

Worldchefs having internationally recognised standards that are earned online will allow chefs to travel wherever their talents are in demand and help employers across the globe access the skilled workforces they need.

So here at Kineo we’re working with DigitalMe to explore how we lift the digital badge away from gamification into digital credentials and enable the recognition of skills and behavior beyond formal qualifications. If you missed our recent joint webinar on credentialing, you can still get hold of the recording here.