14 Characteristics Impacting Student Engagement

What can you start doing today to begin boosting student engagement? In a recent study conducted by Wonderlic, Inc. and the Imagine America Foundation, researchers discovered the top 14 characteristics that are highly correlated with student engagement. This is promising research for schools that are looking for ways to increase retention...

Digital Badges Can Boost Your Student Recruitment and Enrollment

By now, most of us have heard about the many ways that digital badges can help educators validate their students’ skills and competencies to prospective employers. Digital badges are great motivators for students because they help them promote their knowledge, skills and abilities. They can also help improve a student’s digital identity....

Do Your Students Feel Out of Place?

The purpose of any student placement test is to provide institutions with data for appropriate course placement and subsequent instructional decisions. Each test item assesses the knowledge and skills of incoming college students and supplies targeted feedback to address each student’s unique learning needs. W...

Three Recent Trends in Course Placement Testing

As many of my fellow educators are all too aware, 2015 was a tumultuous year for course placement. Due to some significant changes by one of the major course placement test providers, a large number of colleges have suddenly found themselves on the hunt for a new solution – which is a process that brings with it a host of challenges and...

Reinstatement of ATB testing: What you need to know

A brief history of ATB testing: Prior to 2012, students who lacked a high school credential (a high school diploma; the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, such as a general educational development or GED certificate; or completed homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law) could prove their ability...

A Skills Gap? Or a Communication Gap? How Digital Badges Can Be a Bridge

Almost everyone in the field of education is familiar with the tongue-in-cheek quip, “Hey, Cs Get Degrees!” While some college students may be comforted by this concept, the rest of us cringe at the idea of having stiches removed, teeth cleaned, or costly insurance claims coded by someone who merely learned enough just to get by. In r...

Two names you need to know in the field of digital badges

As some of the regular readers of this blog are already aware, Wonderlic has recently launched a nationwide initiative in the area of digital competency badges for the job placement of college graduates. As part of our organization’s continued quest to learn about the many uses and benefits of digital competency badges in the education...

Revamping the resume with digital badges

Many graduates struggle to effectively showcase their talent to employers, and many of them are consequently unable to find gainful employment. Revamping the resume with digital badges can help graduates showcase their skills and help companies identify talent. Every year, millions of college graduates enter a highly competitive job marke...

How digital badging by competency promotes the college-to-career path

Transcripts, certificates, and the like serve as the most commonly-accepted proof that a college graduate has met the graduation criteria of their program of study. While it is a fairly common practice for employers to accept such documents as proof that a recent graduate is qualified for a job opening, this process has a lot of room for...

Competency-Based Instruction

As the competency-based education (CBE) movement has continued to gain traction in higher education, we have seen numerous iterations of CBE evolve into their own respective mini-movements. At their core, all iterations of CBE possess the same tenets of being personalized to the learner and measuring the mastery of competencies through some for...