Digital Credentials - A Better Way to Tell Your Skills Story?

Info Apr 23, 2021

Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart has written an article in which he suggests the premise that “digital credentials are a better way of capturing and communicating learning.”

He describes that ..”There is an invention opportunity to better credential units of learning, to open up individual learning pathways, to better communicate capabilities, and to reduce friction in talent transactions.” This is driven by two critical factors:

  • The pandemic is accelerating this shift to ‘verified’ credentials. 
  • Enrollment in short-term credential classes increased by 70% over last year while freshman college enrollment dropped by 16% in the US. 

He describes there are six opportunities to better capture and communicate learning. 

  • Better Degrees
  • Better Transcripts
  • Better Records
  • Better Translations
  • Better Incentives, and 
  • Better Badges

In closing, he makes an important point that better credentials in themselves ‘don’t tell the whole story’ but adds the essence of what a better verifying of life skills for future work is – ‘collecting artifacts of their best work and honing their storytelling skills so they can make the best case for themselves—by showing, telling, and sharing verified credentials.’

CredShare believes that going forward there is an inevitable trend towards the digitisation of all education and skilling credentials. 

This trend is coupled to the increase in post-pandemic job roles evolving from a ‘work from home’ to a ‘work from anywhere’ approach.

However, this creates a future skills competency gap requirement and the industry will have an important role to direct what skills they require from future employees.

And of course, if a learner is being awarded for a skills competency they have earned remotely, whilst applying for a work from anywhere role, then including a digital identity in any job application will be a critical element of job hunting.

Regardless of the improvement in the uptake or quality of future skills credentials, it has no value if an individual can’t reuse the credential for whatever purpose they require, when they require to do so or that an enterprise can’t view and use that credential in a timely, specific to purpose manner.

Linking a future skill, with an individual’s storytelling credential, to an employer that values it, is what will be the key to micro-courses and credentials moving forward.

But an earned competency must fill a gap that is required in the workforce of the future and in any remote environment, it is critical that both the credential and individual are verified as who and what they say they are.

This is the basis of CredShare and its multilayer credential and compliance platform approach:

  • I am who I say I am – via a Digital ID.
  • This credential is what it says it is – being verified by an issuing authority.
  • I own this credential – via an individual’s CredShare account.
  • I am empowered to share this credential with those that need to view it.

Be on the front foot and sign up for an organisation or individual CredShare account to securely store and manage all your creds today.


By Grame Barty

Grame Barty is the Head of Issuance Authorities at CredShare and a member of the International Council of Badges and Certifications 21st Century Skills Working Group.