Eight Challenges for the Future of Education, Credentials and Recognition

The 2016 EPIC conference just ended last week, and I walked away with: forty pages of notes, new friends and colleagues, and swirling thoughts about the role and possibility of Continue Reading →

The Future of Education Credentials: 5 Potential Influencers

What is the future of education credentials? Is the diploma worth the cost of college tuition? Why are certificates programs increasing in enrollment? Are nano-degrees the new associate’s degree or Continue Reading →

4 Reasons Why Credits & Credentials are Killing College

“Killing” is too strong of a word, but credits and credentials are not, nor have they have ever been, the greatest value of a higher education. That ¬†comes from the Continue Reading →

Workforce Development, the Skills Gap, & the Limits of the College Solution

I am starting to turn a corner in my thinking about workforce development and equipping people for many of their life callings. I’m still an academic, and I’m not ready Continue Reading →

Badges as Verified Brand Affiliations?

I attended the mid-year graduation ceremony recently at the University where I’m honored to work, teach and serve. At the beginning, the President shared a few opening remarks. He said Continue Reading →

A Plea to Education Vendors: Please Don’t Throw Out the Badges With the Biscuits

The conversation started on the top floor of a trendy refurbished building in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. It was an evening dedicated to celebrating the growing startup community in Milwaukee, and Continue Reading →