Chronicle of higher education must read article for anyone who works in higher education. Should courses have badges attached, or perhaps even multiple badges representing attainment of courses. The A, B, C, D, F system is set to evolve to give meaning to the learning.
"Educational upstarts across the Web are adopting systems of "badges" to certify skills and abilities. If scouting focuses on outdoorsy skills like tying knots, these badges denote areas employers might look for, like mentorship or digital video editing. Many of the new digital badges are easy to attain—intentionally so—to keep students motivated, while others signal mastery of fine-grained skills that are not formally recognized in a traditional classroom."
Stephen Downes shares his concise but to the point reflection on OpenBadges as they relate to diplomas. Read this and then move to the cited article from the Chronicle of Higher Education. This is one of those that University presidents better be reading or yes, as Stephen so aptly says "the gig is up." Expect Universal shake up in Universities in the years to come.