Degreed Beta

For several months now I’ve been working with a great group of people on Degreed. Today we launched the public beta at the HASTAC/MacArthur grantees meeting (the Mozilla open badges functionality in Degreed is supported by a DML grant).

So what does it do?

Degreed eliminates the distinction between formal and informal learning by jailbreaking your college transcript and interweaving Mozilla open badges and other informal credentials together with your college courses. We help you categorize these formal and informal credentials in order to create a credential remix that allows you to showcase everything you know – not just what you learned in school. Unlike your college transcript, your Degreed profile continues to grow as you continue to learn throughout life.

In a nutshell: You login with Facebook. Degreed pulls your Education information from Facebook and prompts you to add more detail and confirm it. Degreed then makes a best guess about the classes you would have taken and builds out a generic transcript for you. (In a future version you’ll be able to both (1) refine the generic transcript by hand or (2) upload a transcript so that trained squirrels can refine your profile for you and mark it “verified”.) You can then add other informal courses (e.g., from Udacity), Mozilla open badges, etc. to fill out your profile. Categorizing each formal or informal experience allows us to count these experiences toward points that help you level up (we use degree equivalents for levels) in a wide range of areas.

Did I mention it’s BETA? In the spirit of #EdStartup, this is very much a Minimum Viable Product – not the final, feature-complete version, but definitely ready to play with. So go mess around with the beta and see if you can break it. Use the Feedback tab on the left of every page to let us what you broke and how. Let us know what you think.

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  • Gavin Pouliot

    Looks great. Congratulations on your hard work. Let me know if Degreed needs additional help in the field of User Experience. I’d be happy to help.

  • dkernohan

    Not seeing an open license anywhere? Surprised given your last post…

  • Ed C

    Great idea! I’m having trouble entering an MBA from Babson College. It looks like I could build it course-by-course, but think there might be a better way.

    • opencontent

      Yes, the draft transcripts are currently only built out for undergraduate degrees. Thanks for the feedback and letting me know that’s important to you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidblake David Blake

    Training the squirrels now…

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  • http://twitter.com/jstein Jared Stein

    Right on! I didn’t know you were involved in that project. I was in there a couple weeks ago and was bummed by lack of features. But will check this out today.

  • http://twitter.com/gotanda Ted O’Neill

    Any chance of opening Degreed up so that users can access this without Facebook?

    • opencontent

      That will likely happen at some point in the future. Where it gets prioritized depends on users’ responses.

      • post2ndry

        Yes, won’t be using it unless/until another way to access.

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