Motivate and Reward Learners with (Credible) Certificates

This post was originally published on the Daily Mindflash blog. Included here is the lead and a link to full post.

Last year, I had the opportunity to evaluate an industry certificate program with the intent of making it available to employees as a skill development program. My evaluation included completing an entire series of courses, at the end of which I received a certificate of completion. The certificate was automatically generated, and I was able to print it out as an official record that I completed the program.

I was evaluating the program and in no direct way would completing it help me get ahead in my job beyond the fact that I would be well equipped to make an informed decision about whether the program should be made available to employees. The program took a fair amount of work, I learned new things, and I was proud that I completed it. It seems silly now, but I printed the certificate and tacked it up on my office wall (for everyone to see).

Or was it silly?

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