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.