Learning Machine and Credly Team Up for Competency-Based College Admissions
Applicants can now add digital credentials to their college and scholarship applications
Cambridge, MA, May 3, 2016 (Newswire.com) - Learning Machine today announced the integration of Credly digital credentials across their enrollment management and portfolio platforms, currently in use by hundreds of colleges and universities, including The Common Application member schools. Digital credentials are secure, portable, and data-rich representations of demonstrated skills and earned certifications. Credly is a leading digital credential service provider, used by thousands of educational institutions, training providers, employers, and associations.
Chris Jagers, founder and CEO of Learning Machine, explained, “As project-based learning and computational thinking become increasingly important, the limits of standardized tests are becoming clear. While useful to gauge broad measures, they can’t capture the essence of an education. The emerging standards around badges and digital credentials have begun to bring trusted evidence of skill and achievement to enrollment management and other competitive environments like hiring, residencies, and grant management.”
"As project-based learning and computational thinking become increasingly important, the limits of standardized tests are becoming clear. While useful to gauge broad measures, they can't capture the essence of an education."
“Digital credentials, when paired with examples of real work, jumpstart high bandwidth conversations with the right applicants,” said Dan Hughes, Learning Machine’s President and COO. “The world’s most creative schools are already asking applicants to demonstrate what they can do. Digital credentials are quickly becoming a standard part of the college admissions process and will increasingly be the common currency of a global job market.”
“As verified evidence of competencies and skills, digital credentials are an efficient way for individuals to communicate their true capabilities,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly. “The Learning Machine integration brings the value and trust behind digital credentials to scale in the admissions process. It’s also the first direct connection of badges to the Common App, and one that empowers students to present the full mosaic of who they are as validated in diverse contexts.”
Source: Learning Machine