I have been critical of the concept of a degree for a while now. I think it’s an outmoded and very blunt instrument that doesn’t really tell you much about the bearer besides generalities. The other big problem is it doesn’t encompass any learning outside the structured curriculum.
So are we ready to replace degrees yet? The short answer is no. We might, however, start to see some disruptive innovation around the edges of credentialing.
Credictive is a new web service that allows people to give credit for creative works. For example, if you see a music video on YouTube you will be able to get a list of who worked on it. It’s not a bad idea but as the article mentions, it could be abused. Still, if it works it will help creative people connect up with each other and provide a method of validation and credentialing of creative people outside a university.
So could there be a site that does the same thing about scientific research? How about humanitarian works? Pretty soon everything we do in life will be recorded on the Internet. Perhaps the sum total will then replace our degrees?
Somebody is going to crack the credentialing problem, and probably fairly soon. I imagine it will be a fairly well known name brand but we will see.
For further reading on this topic check out my other posts about credentialing.