The Potential of 'Hidden Credentials' in Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age by Dr. Peter Smith

Beth Dumbauld

How have adult learners found success using online courses for their degree? In his new book, Free Range Learning in the Digital Age, Dr. Peter Smith explores what’s working in higher education today and provides you an opportunity to meet people who have realized the potential of, as Dr. Smith puts it, their “hidden credentials.”

We recommend Peter’s book to any student, adult learner, administrator, employer, or anyone looking to be inspired by and explore flexible higher ed options (and we’d say that even if our self-paced online college courses and our students hadn’t been featured for a in-depth chapter featuring StraighterLine stuents).

We’re excited that StraighterLine has been highlighted as part of the solution. Our students have over 60 low-cost online college courses to choose from and over 130 partner colleges that guarantee credit transfer. We are proud of the success of our StraighterLine students -- two, Sheila Jordan and Jason Ransom, of which are featured in this new book -- and our self-paced online college course that works with traditional higher ed to increase student success and reduce student debt.

In the excerpt below, Peter highlights his discussion with Sheila Jordan, a successful StraighterLine student who used online courses to accelerate her degree.

Excerpt from Free Range Learning in the Digital Age


“I love the notion of hidden credentials. I had an amazing career in the nonprofit and for-profit world and was able to do some things usually only available to people with a degree. I’ve learned a lot. The things that I learned while working and parenting helped enormously when I returned to school. They made me a better student—committed and intentional, with a laser-beam focus on the goal!” - Sheila Jordan, StraighterLine student

Excerpted from Free-Range Learning : The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education by Dr. Peter Smith, in agreement with SelectBooks. Copyright © 2018 by Peter Plympton Smith.

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