One of the things I have been wanting to do for a while is track my growth in learning new skills. I’m a learning addict, so I like taking new courses and reading books about topics that interest me, but it’s not necessarily anything I track. And, I hate to admit this, but I sometimes buy courses that I start but don’t finish, or just never even start. Currently, the courses that are still waiting to be completed are ecourses on financial planning, cooking, wine tasting, and writing. Not to mention the hundreds of articles I have saved in Pocket about various topics of interest, and the Kindle ebooks I borrow from the library, the videos I watch, etc. There’s a lot of content out there, and it’s been on my mind for a while now that there has to be a way to track all of that, and to make an actual plan for learning new skills.
And then I came across Degreed. I don’t remember how I found it, but at some point I saved it in Pocket (ha!). Their manifesto is definitely aligned with my beliefs about expertise:
“There is no single path to expertise. And our success in solving our unique problems depends not upon uniformity, but on our diversity, because our differences and uniqueness make us powerful. Everyone deserves recognition for their expertise, no matter how they got there.
The future depends on our commitment to be our best selves and discover our own personal missions. To become experts—each of us. The challenges of the future won’t care how you became an expert, just that you did. And that you made a difference.”
Obviously, they caught my attention with a mission like that. And I absolutely love the methodology as well: Degreed is a platform that allows you to “find, track, and measure ALL your learning,” whether your sources are online courses on Lynda, your language activity on Duolingo, newspaper articles, podcasts, classes, events, or TED talks. I create my own “pathways” (things I want to learn), get suggested content, and I can add my own content to those pathways to go through on my own time. The beauty of Degreed is that it all gets tracked, content is searchable, and I get to design my own learning path. And best of all… it’s free for individuals. So anyone can start designing and tracking their own learning and growth.
Have any of you used Degreed? If not, do you use something else to track your learning? Please share!