Five Myths of Micro-Credentialing

“Wow, you have so many digital badges,” a colleague remarked a few years ago. This came after another colleague challenged me. “You know a lot. Why don’t you earn a badge to show others?” At the time, I laughed badging off. “Why waste time earning a badge,” I thought, “when I already know what I need to know for the job I’m doing?”

Then I achieved enlightenment. Digital badging and micro-credentialing weren’t for me. They were for all the other people who wanted to see if I had deep knowledge of what I showed I did. For a time, I decided to earn various certifications. Festooned with digital badges and certificates, I stopped getting questions. Instead, admiration and kudos resulted. But to what end?

Now, I’m facing re-certification opportunities for Google Educator Level 1. How many times in a row do I need to pass a test to show I know my stuff? Does any of it matter? I’m not sure. To explore my faulty thinking, I’m writing this blog entry on the myths of micro-credentialing.

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