ERIC Number: EJ1060704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Using Open Badges to Certify Practicing Evaluators
Davies, Randall; Randall, Dan; West, Richard E.
American Journal of Evaluation, v36 n2 p151-163 Jun 2015
For several decades members of the American Evaluation Association have discussed and disputed the issue of evaluator certification. Our past inability to agree on a certification solution may have been partially caused by the weaknesses of traditional certification systems, which rely on candidates obtaining a degree and completing a comprehensive exam. In this article we propose a certification system based on digital open badges. The open badge framework uses a top-down design to structure and understand the certification process as micro-certification units. These types of systems are adaptable and clearly communicate the evidence of knowledge, skill, and experience represented by the credential. The potential benefits of using an open badge infrastructure make this an enticing option and viable solution for the AEA to establish policy and practice regarding an efficient, rigorous and credible way to certify evaluators.
Descriptors: Evaluators, Certification, Recognition (Achievement), Credentials, Evaluation Methods, Information Storage, Professional Associations
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