In a recent meeting with Amanda Opperman, a blogger for Wonderlic, James Willis and Dan Hickey discussed the implications of awarding competency-based, open digital badges in the evolving workplace. Wonderlic is a private company that has been offering businesses and schools with a comprehensive library of assessments and surveys for each phase of the hiring and student selection process for the last 75 years. Wonderlic is beginning to explore the potential of competency-based, open digital badges associated with their assessments of vocational competencies, starting with criminal justice and health care.
In her most recent blog post, How badging by competency promotes the college-to-career path, Amanda Opperman identifies three reasons competency badging can, “provide more precise, robust, and useful data concerning the job readiness of a recent graduate.” She begins with addressing the generality of transcripts and certificates, arguing that they are written in academic terms and may not represent the job skills an employer seeks. Next she looks at potential grade inflation and how GPA’s may not be an accurate indicator of competence. Finally, she writes about the personal connections badges provide as they are specific to the recipient and provide detailed information on their competencies.
Amanda writes for the Wonderlic blog and is an institutional and program effectiveness specialist. She leads initiatives to help institutions improve the efficiency and utility of effectiveness planning and reporting.
The Open Badges in Higher Education Project is looking forward to working them to help address the challenges and share out solutions. For example, how do you present the evidence of competencies demonstrated with scenario-based performance assessment without risking the security of those same assessments? This is because scores on performance assessments are not themselves very convincing unless they are accompanied by information about those assessments.