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The Power of Digital Credentials: Badges, Diplomas, Certificates and more

Digital Badges are capturing the imagination of credential issuers such as employers, college registrars, licensing boards, and non-profits. The ability to digitally represent skills or achievements that can be shared and stacked makes eyes light up with the possibilities.

Traditional credentials are making the move to being issued digitally, and the same excitement that the original digital credential — the badge — elicited is now emerging for the newest digital credentials.  Registrars and employers are realizing that just as they have explored offering digital badges, they can just as easily issue their long established credentials (such as diplomas, certificates, and licenses) digitally and get even more value out of them. And they’re getting excited!

Why Digital Credentials Are Exciting

As digital credentials, our traditional credentials are expanding their functionality.

They’re more easily shareable: Secure and verified links can be shared directly with employers or on social media, such as LinkedIn (be logged in to see examples).

They’re machine readable: With data backing the credentials, algorithms for placement or workforce management can be powered, increasing accuracy and efficiency.

They link to evidence: Deep links to portfolios, projects, and instructors can provide depth of insight that supplements the credential significantly.

They’re trackable: As digital credentials move throughout the world via social media and shared links, their footprint of their impact can be measured more easily.

They’re faster: Issuable in moments, a digital credential can be put to use as soon as the learner receives a text message or email. Getting credentials faster makes them immediately more impactful.

Powering Digital Credentials

By being digital, credentials can do more than ever before, and as a company focused on digital credentials, Parchment has developed a platform to help issuers, receivers and learners make the most of their digital credentials.

For Issuers: A full suite of tools to manage and issue credentials digitally and to track their usage across cohorts and time. Issuers can see their brand emboldened as branded digital credentials are shared across social media, reaching new audiences. With total control, the issuer can add credential descriptions, competencies, links and govern expiration dates.

For Receivers: Receiving all records at scale and incorporating them into their business systems to provide admission, placement, or employment is key. With data backing the credentials up, the intake process is faster, more accurate, and make achieving strategic goals easier.  Digital credentials help make better hiring or admissions decisions.

For Learners: Perhaps the largest beneficiary of the digital platform, learners can collect all of their academic credentials from every credential issuer and stack and share them (in a secure and verified way) with employers or other organizations. Additional management tools let them order and send to any destination worldwide, or download and print. With a central place to collect from credential issuers and then be able to share their academic achievements with receivers to get their perfect job, learners are empowered to market themselves better than they ever have before.

Learn more about Parchment’s Comprehensive Digital Platform!

Education’s Bright Future

As a group who watch credential innovation closely, we are so excited to see the innovation that digital credentials are bringing to higher education! The possibilities are endless and it’s exciting to be able to play a part as our industry starts to really turn credentials into opportunities.

We’d love to hear if you have a digital credentials strategy! Comment below or contact us to let us know what you’re planning.

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K12 Newsletter: Summer Enhancements Are Here!

Hooray! Our summer enhancements have arrived! If you need a refresher on all of the new features and functionality (ordering all records, canceling orders, tracking ID for every record and more!), check out last quarter’s newsletter.

In this issue:

Be sure to spend some time with this issue! We’re focusing on how you can make the most of what these new enhancements will bring to you as you head back to school.

In this issue, we’ve collected examples and case studies of some awesome K12 schools and districts who are doing it right. They’re making the most of their system to save time, money and help their students get all of their records ordered. Check them out to see what they’re doing, and get tips on how you can do the same.

July’s newsletter will also help you put together a game plan for supporting your alumni. Whether that’s by digitizing your old paper records, adding alumni rosters and records to your Parchment system, or both! The way your students use their academic credentials over the course of their career begins with their first official academic record: the high school transcript. Make sure you’re setting your students and alumni up for success.

Finally, be sure to register for our Back To School Webinars. One of our most popular events of the year, these webinars fill up quickly and give you a great checklist of things to do to make managing your records a cinch.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter! Let us know in the comments, which article you like the best!

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Let’s Go Digital: Scan & Index Your Legacy Records

Do you have a storeroom that makes you cringe? You have nothing to be ashamed of! More than half the schools in the nation have rooms on their campus bursting at the seams with stored documents. However, being part of a very large group doesn’t make it any easier when a former student wants one of those records. Veritable days could be lost combing through folders and boxes! You’ve had a project to digitize your legacy records on your wish list for a long time. Don’t keep putting off digitizing your paper legacy student transcripts, we can help. It’s easy to move your paper alumni records to Parchment, repurpose that old file room, and take the headache (and the walk down the hall!) out of helping your students out.

Why now? Well, outside of summer being a great time to tackle a project, there are significant security risks when handling money or accepting credit card numbers via mail, fax and email. When the ordering moves online, all of the fee collection happens in a secure and PCI compliant way. (Wouldn’t it be great to not have to deal with the hassle of making change and cashing checks?)

Parchment has a long history of making credentials digital, and we know the security and care that must be taken with them. Converting your paper alumni records to digital helps you preserve your irreplaceable records forever!

Tackling the storeroom

Getting started is a lot easier than you might expect. You can send a sample box to Parchment and we can sort through it to determine what credentials you have – and what you’d like to digitize.

Our team can work with you to scan and index key student information so the records can be ordered and fulfilled electronically. Everything from student achievement records, transcripts, verifications, diplomas … or any thing else the storeroom might hold!

Here’s how it works:

  • Simply send a sample box of intact records to Parchment. (No torn, faded or oversize documents.)
  • Our FERPA-trained staff digitizes them and provides you with secure PDFs that include seven key data points: first name, middle name, last name, date of birth, student ID, last 4 digits of SSN and graduation year.
  • Both you and Parchment QA review the PDFs from the sample box. Then we’ll proceed with digitizing all the student records you provided.
  • Store the records in our Credentials Library. (We’ll shred your paper documents or send them back to you, whichever you prefer.)

Scan & Index is extremely flexible, allowing you to create a solution for digitizing and managing all of your paper records quickly and efficiently. Let Parchment know what your goals are for going digital!

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