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A new paper explores the shifting landscape in which new forms of credentials (shorter, offered by many types of providers) and assessments (built on mastery of competencies) are emerging to serve a needy audience of what it calls "working learners" and "learning workers."

The paper, "Shift Happens 2, was written by Jamai Blivin, founder and CEO of Innovate+Educate, and Merrilea Mayo, founder of Mayo Enterprises.

They examine the movement toward a learning-to-employment ecosystem in which a broad array of colleges, companies and other organizations offer a much wider array of credentials that are based largely on proven "know" and "do" competencies.