Proponents of digital badges and alternative credentials have valuable goals, writes Colin Mathews, but are pushing a universal language of credentialing that is unnecessary and unfair.
Traditional colleges including Northeastern University and Bellevue College are entering the coding boot camp market by partnering with boot camp providers or by creating their own programs.
More colleges are issuing digital badges to help their students display skills to employers or graduate programs, and colleges are tapping vendor platforms to create a verified form of the alternative credentials.
Creating a new competency-based degree program isn't easy, writes Cathy Sandeen, who shares lessons she learned from helping to develop the UW Flexible Option.
Southern New Hampshire U's College for America releases a promising early snapshot of the general-education learning and skills of students who are enrolled in a new form of competency-based education.
A public university group is backing adaptive learning, with grants to encourage universities to use the personalized digital courseware across multiple introductory courses.
Skills Fund wants to be both a private lender and new form of accreditor for the rapidly expanding boot camp sector, with a heavy focus on students' return on investment.
Lynn University will issue a semester's worth of college credits for Lynn students who complete a 16-week program at General Assembly, a nonaccredited skills boot camp. Will other colleges follow?
Colleges are searching for new ways to communicate with students electronically. Could texting be the answer?
Coding academies and boot camps are growing fast. State agencies started paying attention to short-term training programs last year, in a move that may have helped the industry.