How might we capture learning beyond the traditional transcript in ways that are meaningful to employers?
Over the past three years, the Education Design Lab has engaged a wide range of school administrators and faculty, students, employers, entrepreneurs, technologists and subject matter experts in designing and piloting 21st century skills badges that could be meaningful within the complex and rapidly changing hiring ecosystem.
To date, the work has yielded a transparent, replicable framework of competencies, learning outcomes as well a set of student-tested practices that are focused on learner growth and transformation.
As the Lab continues piloting 21st century skills badges with schools this upcoming academic year, we will also expand our reach to employers—testing the efficacy of the digital badges and understanding how they can be a valuable signal at all stages of the hiring process.
Phase III: Prototyping and Piloting Multiple Badges
The Lab and 11 partner universities designed core language of badge frameworks and conducted several unique student pilots that combined knowledge, assessment, and experience/reflection modules and were focused on learner growth and transformation.
This year, the Lab’s cohort of national and international colleges and universities completed our suite of 21st century skills digital badges, which are now live on Credly.
Upcoming: Testing One Expression of a ||Universal Skills|| Translation System
The Resilience Badge is unique…I have left with a greater understanding of myself and my abilities. I am mindful to the fact that I need to discuss this experience to other peers and employers. I feel that I can use the badge as a talking-point on my next interview. I can expand on the details, and even share my narrative of how I embody resilience.Junior
21st Century Skills Badges
What’s behind the badges?
The badge earning processes are customized to each institution’s resources and learner population, but the suite of badges shares important criteria and components.
What We've Learned
Now that 300+ learners have been through our pilots, and 50+ employers have weighed in, we are more convinced than ever that the intentional development and assessment of 21st century skills can be a game changer…
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