Work remains for digital badges in college admissions

By | July 19, 2018
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The use of digital credentials in college admissions holds the promise of helping universities assemble a class of more diverse and prepared students, but more work needs to be done to make them useful across higher education. To understand the potential for using digital badges for admissions and what is needed to get colleges and universities to a place of universal use, School of Information researchers Barry Fishman and Stephanie Teasley and graduate Steven Cederquist conducted a two-day NSF-funded workshop involving leaders from informal STEM organizations that award micro-credentials, college admissions officers, and experts in the assessment of learning. Fishman and Teasley explain takeaways from the workshop that reveal what is needed before digital credentials become a common part of the admissions process.