digital-badging

Partnership highlights increasing use of digital credentials


DeakinDigital, Credly team up to offer digital credentials for professional skills.

digital-badgingDeakinDigital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deakin University, is partnering with Credly in the delivery of its new credentialing program, which it touts as an alternative to traditional education models.

The move could drastically reduce the time it takes to attain certain degrees, university representatives said.

Credly, which offers platforms for managing lifelong credentials, will enable DeakinDigital users to manage and share the digital badges they earn in places where they want to be recognized for the full spectrum of their skills and knowledge.

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“We believe Credentials are the new currency for careers, and are delighted to be partnering with Credly to promote the recognition and adoption of badges and credentialing as an alternative to traditional education models,” said Allyn Radford, DeakinDigital CEO.

Through Credly, Credentials can be easily displayed across a range of platforms, such as searchable LinkedIn profiles, employer talent management systems, e-portfolios, social networks, online communities and websites.

“The true value of digital badges emanates from their relevance to the needs of real-world employers and the credibility of the organisation from which they are issued,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, CEO of Credly.

“By creating a formal pathway between Credentials and the Deakin University Master of Professional Practice (IT) via a single capstone unit, DeakinDigital has achieved a world-first and firmly established itself as Australia’s market leader in credentialing.”

“This type of pioneering innovation will go a long way in setting up DeakinDigital-issued badges to be one of the most trusted and respected Credentials in the employment market,” Mr Finkelstein said.

The capstone unit will be made available through Deakin University from 2016 and could potentially halve the time and cost of earning a Masters Degree.

DeakinDigital’s model enables career and life experience to be converted into independently verified and validated Credentials – showcased as digital badges – that are able to demonstrate a range of professional skills to potential employers.

Digital badges allow professionals to take control and manage how they share or display their capabilities in any setting where their qualifications matter, to demonstrate their suitability for a role or task.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione