- Micro-credentialing in general, with digital badging as one example, is a trend that may change the landscape of education by destabilizing the economics of traditional degrees. In the process, it creates new economic opportunities in the educational ecosystem, opportunities that museums may be particularly well-suited to exploit.
- Museum professionals and professionals-in-training are struggling with how to obtain and maintain relevant, credible training in a manner that is affordable and gives a good return on investment. Our members have been telling AAM for years that they want us to provide credentialing for individuals, not just institutions (i.e., accreditation). To respond to this need, we have to find a way to provide training in a way that can be scaled to serve the entire museum field in the US, and potentially an international audience. Digital badging might fill the bill.
- If you are looking for your first job in a museum, you need credible ways to distinguish your c.v. from those of the other 300 people applying for any given position;
- If you are a current museum professional, you need ways to keep your resume fresh and up to date, even though you may not have the time or money to go “back to school” for yet another degree;
- If you are a manager or HR specialist, you need to learn how to assess the resumes of candidates who are embracing new forms of training;
- If you are an independent professional or work for a consulting firm, you can benefit from adding to the suite of knowledge and services you can offer clients.
This trend is important to museums because micro-credentialing programs are hungry for content, and museums are all about content. The resources your museum provides—face-to-face training programs, including workshops and internships; digital learning assets including images, video, fact sheets, study guides or curricula—are ripe for incorporation into a micro-credentialing program, whether the program is offered by your museum or another organization.
- Young Americans are graduating college with an average student loan debt of nearly $27,000. Between 2004 and 2009, only thirty-seven percent of federal student loan borrowers made timely payments without postponing payments or becoming delinquent.
- Fifty-three percent of recent college graduates are unemployed or under-employed (i.e., in a job that doesn’t actually require that expensive bachelor’s degree).