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Why digital credentials?

Why digital credentials?

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In my opinion, interviews are a very poor way of judging whether someone will perform well in a job. Some people have figured out the game – how to interview well. And why not? But standing in the shoes of as employer, I want to employ the person who’ll do the best job (and even that’s not so straightforward to define).

I once employed a young person on his ability to solve a Rubik’s cube. There were other factors too of course, but I took his Rubik’s cube abilities as clues to various aspects of his character, as I can also solve a Rubik’s cube – but nowhere near as fast as him. However, this is exactly the sort of thing that you would never emerge in an interview.

So when it comes to digital credentials, who knows what value someone else see in them?

Thought: Kerry North, O2ThinkBig at DigitalMe’s BadgeSkills workshop.

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A fishy business model…

A fishy business model

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The next time you bump into Graham Brown-Martin, ask him to tell you about what’s happening in Africa with regard to commercially-focused education interests. He’s got some fairly shocking insights to what’s going on and why…

The boardroom purpose of an organisation fundamentally dictates what that organisation does and the compromises it will be willing to make in order to achieve it’s goals. 

Oh – and if it’s purpose is dollars, the business model to work at scale…

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An oppressive education

Oppressive Education

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To love learning. Is this not the very purpose of life? But this is the stuff you need to know — just get on with knowing it.

My worry is that the purpose of our current system is not to engender a love of learning (and the enjoyment of the hard work that it requires) — but the gaining of certain privileged credentials, whatever the cost.

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