Digital Badges? Is This Higher Education or the Wild, Wild West?

From via Justin Marquis:

This community-based model also provides an excellent avenue for engaging in mentorship as a way of building a workforce and networking for future employment. In order to achieve a digital badge, a learner would have to be an active participant in their own learning in conjunction with an experienced member of the group they ultimately want to join. This is an excellent example of Lave and Wenger’s concept of legitimate peripheral participation or communities of practice, a model that has worked throughout human history (as informal learning and apprenticeship) and that is deserving of a revival in the virtual world.

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