Many online classes offer certificates at the end of the course to lend credibility to your work during the class and as a memento to take pride in. Udacity, a leading free course provider renowned for their high quality self-paced courses ranging from Computer Science to Entrepreneurship to Physics, just announced their hard decision to no longer provide free ‘non-identity-verified’ certificates of completion so that they can focus on boosting the credibility of their paid certificate track:
“Discontinuing the “free” certificates has been one of the most difficult decisions we’ve made. We know that many of our hardworking students can’t afford to pay for classes. At the same time, we cannot hope that our certificates will ever carry great value, if we don’t make this change” – the Udacity blog
All the Udacity course content will still remain openly accessible for free, alongside the $150/month option for extra course projects, a personal coach, a verified certificate and other personalized support.
Showcase the work behind your courses
A course completion certificate is always nice, but the key to demonstrating credibility for your online learning is showcasing the work that went into your courses and providing evidence of the knowledge and skill you got as a result. One of Accredible‘s new features makes it easy to create portfolios of your work to show to potential employers and other stakeholders. You can now make your own editable pages showing what you’ve done in a class Quickly and easily.
Here are the most common ideas we’ve seen from Accredible’s users on their evidence pages:
- Upload your written notes, course assignments, code samples & projects
- Document your grades & quiz scores
- Write short overviews of extra reading material for the course
- Record short videos of yourself explaining the key concepts in the course
- Collect references from course-mates, colleagues and, if possible, course supervisors & professors
Link directly to your evidence from LinkedIn & your CV
LinkedIn recently added the ability to add certificates to your profile which can link to an evidence URL. Each evidence page on Accredible has a unique URL and you can add your courses to your LinkedIn profile from your Accredible profile with one click.
Once you’ve completed a few online courses, you could include a ‘Continued Education’ section to your résumé/CV using your Accredible evidence URLs to boost your credibility and help to make you stand out from the crowd.
Already started creating Accredible evidence pages? Tweet us your best one and you could be featured on our blog!