Aug 24 2016
We’ve all had that moment.
While on vacation you eat or drink something that is so transcendentally delicious, it instantly ranks among the best things you’ve ever had. The pleasure is so deep and complete it’s like your taste buds are hard-wired to your very soul. “Do I detect a hint of fresh mint, or is that MDMA? Either way, I want more.”
So you buy up as many cases as you can get through customs, or obsessively hunt down the recipe to recreate it a home. But, despite your best efforts, it’s never quite the same. Sure, it’s good, but it’s not as good as you remember it.
What’s going on here? A temporary insanity of the taste buds?
Well, sort of.
Consider this: In 2008, a group of neuroscientists in California conducted an experiment that shed new light onto how we taste. Twenty volunteers were strapped into an fMRI scanner and given samples of wine. Among them were tastes from a “$10” bottle and a “$90” bottle that, in reality, were the exact same wine. It should come as no shock that the…
Aug 23 2016
Digital certificates and badges are taking off in higher education as working millennials seek alternatives to full-blown degrees to demonstrate specialized skills to employers.
Younger workers, immersed in social media, are comfortable with the gamification aspect of collecting and displaying digital credentials, reports University Business’s Matt Zalaznick, and colleges are obliging.
Since launching a digital badging program a year ago, Stony Brook University on Long Island, for example, has awarded 130 badges to higher ed administration and HR management professionals. Earned badges are posted to an internal online platform, says Zalaznick, and students can then add them to a resume or to social media profiles, such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Clicking on the badges reveals details about the skills they represent.
Another, Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, has built its badging system to meet workforce needs, awarding hundreds to students who have demonstrated specific skills that local employers want.
The University Professional and Continuing Education Association finds that nearly two-thirds of higher ed institutions cite alternative credentialing as an important strategy for the future, and that one in five colleges today issue badges.…