When listening to Gary Kayye talk, it’s hard not to feel his enthusiasm for new technologies and how they will impact the next generation of learners.
Today, many of the language center’s technological capabilities today can be housed in handheld devices and in the cloud. So have the times finally rendered these physical learning spaces obsolete?
There are efforts underway to position colleges and universities to recognize “prior learning” in ways that go beyond today’s standard approaches.
The evolving state of credentialing will make room for the emergence of new players, who can hold badges or service blockchains between students, campuses and employers.
In fact, Blockchain-based technologies are already being leveraged.
Institutions such as The University of Texas are developing blockchain-based transcript services that can ease the process with which credentials are stored and communicated.
The Lumina Foundation has been pursuing the goal of recognizing and accepting for-credit microcredentials and learning experiences for several years, through their Connecting Credentials effort and the proposed framework they launched back in 2015 (http://connectingcredentials.org/).