Introducing the new Accredible

"Certificates" for your projects.

We are really excited to announce the brand new Accredible! Our goal has always been to make any and all knowledge credible, regardless of where you learn it, and with this new update we’ve come one step closer to that. We have improved the community aspect of the site, as well as made it possible to showcase many more types of learning. We’ve also added lots of new features, fixed some bugs, and generally improved the speed and simplicity of navigating the site.

Meet other learners & talk to the community

You can now ask your course mates questions

You can now ask your course mates questions

Your online learning community is an important part of making sure you stay motivated and on track with your classes and we’ve added lots of features to help make it easier to interact with your fellow students.

You can now search for other users, which allows you to view their coursework and give recommendations.

In addition, you can comment and ask questions on each class’ page, and everyone who is signed up for that class will get notified.

All the best courses in one place

We’ve now added almost 7,000 courses and counting!

We’ve added even more MOOC providers to our course finder, bringing the total number of classes available to nearly 7000!

You can now add classes from Coursera, edX, Udacity, iversity, MRUniversity, NovoEd, Open2Study, Complexity Explorer, FutureLearn, and WorldScienceU.

We’ve also categorized the course catalogue to make your browsing easier. Search by subject, price, date, popularity and more!

If you think we should add other course providers (we are always on the look out!), let us know at hello@accredible.com.

Personalized newsletter & course suggestions

The most interesting come to you!

The most interesting courses come to you!

Now as soon as you add a class to your ‘to-learn’ list, you’ll receive a personalized newsletter each week with other classes we think you’ll enjoy so you always have a steady stream of classes to take next.

You’ll also get reminders when your courses are about to start and updates on the trending courses across the major online course providers.

You can change your notification settings to enable or disable these emails at any time.

Custom classes and projects

You can now add custom courses, such as your degree

You can now add custom courses, such as your degree

Want to showcase a college degree, summer program, self-study, or other independent learning project you’ve completed? Now you can create an Accredible project for that to show the world and future employers what you learned and created. Upload your assignments, dissertations, transcripts, notes and anything else that adds to your credibility!

In addition to these four main features, we’ve fixed some bugs and added some functionalities. You can now:

  • Change your username
  • Change the types of email notifications Accredible sends you
  • Delete references you’ve previously approved
  • Vote for features to add (click “Vote for Features” in the user menu dropdown)
  • Search for other peoples’ Accredible profiles

The new Accredible is your central place for everything you need to learn online. Find new classes, connect with your classmates, organize your learning, and then showcase what you’ve learned and done. We can’t wait to see what you create, discover and share. And as always, send us an email at hello@accredible.com if you have any questions.

Happy learning,

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A New Accredible with Tailored Views for Employers… and more!

With the coming of a brand new year, we’re excited to announce upcoming improvements to the Accredible you know and love. Our mission has always been to enable everyone represent their knowledge & skills with credibility, regardless of where or how they’ve acquired them. We’ll always be dedicated to helping you track your learning, but now we’re excited to help you take all of the incredible evidence of your awesomeness and directly showcase it to employers to help you land your dream job.

We’re hard at work to update Accredible with a stunning new design, easier ways to track your learning, and the ability to showcase your skills to employers by simply dragging and dropping relevant the parts of your Accredible profile onto job application forms. Accredible will help you capture your best possible first impression–one where you’re confident and clearly overflowing with talent– and apply to jobs. We’re going to help you craft the perfect narrative that represents the best you have to offer, letting those carefully collected pieces of evidence speak to your strengths and shine in your job applications.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the features we’re working on:

1. A way for you to build and share stunning narratives centered around your skills and education that you can present to potential employers, including video cover letters!

2. A clearer way to showcase your learning from online courses, projects and self-education with credibility.

3. A better way to highlight work experience and evidence of your professional development.

We’ll not only be helping you craft the best impression of yourself, but we’ll enable you to opt in to being matched with job opportunities based on your interests and skills. You can even allow your profile to be browsable by employers; let that dream job come to you!

Best of all, Accredible will remain free for you to track and showcase your knowledge & experience.

We’d love to hear your thoughts so please leave us some comments and suggestions, & don’t hesitate to get in touch via hello@accredible.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Happy learning!

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Summer 2013 #AwesomeSlates Contest Winners

This summer, Accredible debuted “slates” – a new way to capture evidence for your learning. What followed was a contest of epic proportions where learners from around the world competed for fame and fortune in our #AwesomeSlates contest. A good slate captures pre-requisite learning, a great slate conveys truly memorable, deep learning with a variety of unique pieces of evidence. Sifting through the entries, we have been incredibly inspired by the creativity, effort, and loads of learning that YOU Accredible users share with the world. It wasn’t easy, but with the help of our leading judges, we are please to announce the winners of the #AwesomeSlates Contest for the Summer of 2013! Drumroll please….!

The winner of the Best Formal Learning slate is Melissa Cardin. Her “Bachelors of Arts, Social Work” slate has exemplary evidence of her expertise in the field. Notably, she includes her actual diploma from the University of New Hampshire, notes, and syllabi from key courses to provide a snapshot of her university learning. Additionally, her excellent research and essays provide a compelling glimpse into her research and work around children’s welfare and related issues. Her endorsements highlight her dedication and academic excellence. Congratulations, Melissa!

For the Best MOOC/Online Learning slate, our winner is Vladimir Đorđević. Vladimir completed the Berklee College of Music course on the “Introduction to Music Production by Loudon Stearns” via Coursera, clearly demonstrating his skills with a variety of music production tools. Highlights from his slate include screen captures of his consistently high-scores from his quizzes and his collaborative music projects. The links to his projects show his creativity with sound and his ability to apply the different concepts and effects he’s learning about in the class. We’re excited to celebrate Vladimir’s musical endeavors!

Abraham Joyner-Meyers wins the Best Skill slate for the impressive collection of evidence of his talent as a violinist. Despite his youth, his many videos on his slate clearly showcase a talent for public performance as well as his musical gifts—he’s performed in a variety of ensembles from full orchestra to soloist roles. In addition to performing well-practiced, heart-string pulling masterpieces, Abraham also shows a sense of humor through his violin, participating in and accompanying comedy skits. Perhaps even more remarkable than what he has achieved so far is the incredibly metacognitive and thoughtful way he approaches his practice; excerpts from his blog “The Education of a Young Man” give us insight into his reflectiveness and maturity as a dedicated learner, always keen to improve his craft. Bravo, Abraham!

The “CS75: Building Dynamic Websites” slate by Arian Allenson Valdez takes the honors for Best Self-Paced Learning slate. Arian’s evidence of his learning through the Harvard Extension School showcases his evolving skills as a programmer. He includes a diverse array of evidence, from screenshots and web links for projects to links to a book he referenced during his course. He even includes two time-lapsed videos of him coding his projects, showing how he deals with the problems he encounters! Arian’s final project for the course was a “Virtual Pet” game showing a successful application of the concepts he’s learned. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next from this intrepid programmer!

Michael Foster’s slate on “Gamification” from the UPenn Coursera MOOC wins for the category of Most Innovative slate. Aside from the detailed and thorough assignments he completed, all earning high marks, he also created a variety of awesome mind maps to capture his learning. The maps are remarkable for their depth and clarity, easily conveying large amounts of information about different game-related concepts in an easily accessible way. It’s clear that he has a strong handle of the information, but his slate also demonstrates a creative mind and a knack for distilling large amounts of information into reader-friendly portions—that’s quite a set of skillsl in itself!

We’d also like to thank our wonderful judges:

Dev

Devavrat calls himself an Autodidact, Thinker, Designer. He deeply believes, like his role-models Isaac Asimov and Seymour Papert, that the best learning happens when the learner takes charge. He’s been learning independently from a lot of MOOCs and books about various fields since 2011 because he wants to be a good big-picture thinker and solve world’s problems through collaboration and great design.

Emerson

Emerson is the CEO of StudyRoom, the social learning network for students to meet all their classmates, get help from them and get better grades! (www.getstudyroom.com) Thousands of students taking classes from Stanford, UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech and many others are using study rooms for their courses and they describe it as lifesaver. If you have ever been stuck doing homework or studying for a midterm and just needed a little help then now you can get it super fast, from your classmates on StudyRoom.

Roxy

Roxy is a nineteen-year-old self-directed learner from Russia. She’s an UnCollege student, going her own way with her education. This lets her explore and learn anything she wants, with her main interests being business, writing, and psychology. She usually uses MOOCs for them–so many that she wrote a Beginner’s Guide to MOOCs, featured on Accredible Blog some time ago. If you want to know more about her educational exploits, you can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Accredible on the Radio!

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Left to Right: Beatrice Schultz (College Smart Radio), Danny King & Alan Heppenstall (Accredible)

We were really honored to join Beatrice Schultz from College Smart Radio at KDOW, the Wall Street Business Network, to talk about some of our favorite subjects: college education, MOOCs, and, of course, Accredible. Join us tomorrow, Saturday, August 17 from 3-3:30 PDT  on 1220am KDOW if you’re in the Bay Area, or online (no matter where you are!) at: http://www.kdow.biz.

Update: Listen to the recording below and check out the College Smart blog post here!

Slates: The Story Behind the Name

SlatesIf you’ve been following us from the beginning, you may have noticed that we originally referred to an Accredible “slate” which contains the evidence of learning for a particular course or skill as a “cert,” short for “certificate.” The original thought around “cert” was that it represented, much like its real-life counterpart, a formal recognition of learning. But what we realized was that a certificate is something awarded at the end of learning; it implies that learning is complete. But how can we ever be done with learning?

What we realized was that we’re far more interested in documenting educational journeys from their beginning rather than signaling their ends. Instead of a certificate, we needed a symbol of openness, possibility, potential. This is where “slate” came from; a “blank slate,” from the Latin tabula rasa, is meant to be filled with new ideas and experiences.

The reality is that a simple sheet of paper cannot convey—no matter how nice the calligraphy or how shiny the gold foil may be—how much learning and new knowledge has really been gained, and since Accredible is building a new system for recognizing and showcasing learning, we wanted to think beyond the boundaries of a sheet of paper. We’re hoping that your love of learning will guide you to join thousands of users creating entire series of slates ready to be filled with exciting new knowledge!

For those of you needing a bit of a more practical motivator, we’d like to remind you that we’re still running the #AwesomeCerts #AwesomeSlates Contest. Winners within each of the following five categories will each win a $150 Amazon gift card:

• Best Slate for MOOC learning
• Best Slate for Formal Learning
• Best Slate for Skill/Knowledge
• Best Slate for Self-paced learning
• Most Innovative Slate

The contest runs through the end of July; for more details on how to submit your Accredible slates see the contest info page.

So get those slates started and win big! Afterall, learning something new and sharing it with the world is already a win.

Make All Your Education Count: Redesigning the CV

With all the amazing innovations and developments within academia and edtech at the moment, one content area that seems to have been left behind a little is the common CV.

Education has evolved dramatically over the last fifty years yet things like CVs and certificates haven’t changed for hundreds of years. They are (at best) shiny pieces of paper with a name, grade and institution printed on them.

CVs tend to contain very pigeon-hole style of content such as ‘education’, ‘work’ and ‘interests’ which ultimately only create a very low resolution image of a person and one that is liable to deception.

For example, if you get a B in Computer Science does that mean you were generally ‘average’, or are you an exceptional programmer with a weakness in some other part of the syllabus that isn’t relevant to the job at hand? 

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Here at Accredible, we’ve been working hard to improve the way that credentials and certificates are generated across MOOCs, university courses also as wider learning by using peer-review and
reputational networks to determine and maintain quality.

By re-imagining the idea of the certificate to be more than just a statement, we can create a living portfolio of evidence that shows you have certain knowledge or skills. You can also get a much ‘higher resolution’ image of who a student is, what they can do and a list of evidence proving that.

And this is where we feel there’s a parallel between our work on credentials and CVs: rather than simply listing your achievements, we feel that you should be able to provide evidence to back up your claims, be they across your education, work or skills.

Below is an example of one of our MOOC slates giving examples about how this approach could be similarly used to demonstrate your personal capabilities on a CV:

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Unlike your traditional certificate or CV, you can create as many Slates as you like, each with a different course or program you studied to help build up a more rounded vision of your education.

Of course there’s also a direct benefit to your prospective employer as well as it gives them a much better chance to understand who you really are and why you really are perfect for their role. With greater transparency, comes better hiring decisions and a much lower risk of hiring the wrong candidate!

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the future of CVs and how developments in the EdTech space are changing the way we list our achievements. Is there still a place for CVs and if so in what sort of context? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Do you want brand-new CV of 21st century? Sign up at https://www.accredible.com 

Need inspiration or don’t know where to begin? Here’s some amazing slates to help you. https://www.accredible.com/gallery