In Thursday’s Webinar, we’ll explore flipping, microcredentials, and MOOCs—trends that are getting a lot of attention, if not application, in the association world. Sign up at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/456445550 to be one of the first to get access to the companion white paper, “Exploring the Fringe: Flipping, Microcredentials, and MOOCs.”
In addition to talking what each of these trends is (e.g., distinguishing between digital badges and microcredentials), we’ll look at when and why each could make sense for your associations. For example, why are microcredentials so compelling today?
When to Consider Going Micro
We see three facts combining to make now a moment ripe for the potential of microcredentials.
- Today’s half-life of knowledge is short. The skills gained through a college degree may only be valid for five years (http://blogs.hbr.org/2012/09/mind-the-skills-gap).
- Employment is precarious, and frequent job changes are common. Millennials average only two years in a job (http://www.payscale.com/gen-y-at-work).
- We expect to live longer. The average life span is now almost 79 years in the U.S. (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lifexpec.htm) and 70 years globally (http://www.who.int/gho/mortality_burden_disease/life_tables/situation_trends/en).
Join us Thursday for a discussion of three applications for microcredentials.
And lots more.
In the meantime, please take a few minutes (10 or less) to help us with our survey of associations’ use (or non-use) of social technologies for learning. The results of the survey will form the basis for our upcoming free white paper on the use of social technologies for learning among associations, due out in June.