Lifelong learning is a concept that we have frequently encountered in recent years. This name is given to all the activities that an individual performs throughout its life with the aim of improving its knowledge and abilities. It is not surprising that this concept is gaining popularity. The rapidly increasing level of knowledge in almost every field necessitates us to improve ourselves regularly in order to keep up with this increase. Our needs are changing day by day and different areas of expertise are emerging. This is why lifelong learning is no longer a choice but a necessity. But, can digital certificates be effective in making lifelong learning permanent?
Digital certificates, have become very popular in recent years. These certificates, which are candidates to replace their physical equivalents, can offer many conveniences. These certificates, which can be easily shared online due to their digital nature, are expected to be an indispensable part of our education process. Thanks to digital certificates, we don’t have to spend effort to prove the certificates are not fake or fear losing our certificates. In addition to the different benefits they provide, one of the most important features of digital certificates is the value that they added to our lifelong learning process.
Digital certificates we obtain are a reward for the effort we have spent in the field and an indicator of our competence. One of the contributions of these documents on the education life of individuals throughout their lives is the positive effect they make on people’s motivation to learn. During our business life, we go through a lot of education without realizing it, but the education we receive usually do not turn into a tangible form. It is not easy to show that we have these abilities, although it contributes to the development of our skills. Digital certificates come into play here and turn the qualifications obtained by the candidates into a tangible document. In this way, people’s motivation increase thanks to their passion for achieving something, and they have a digital document that will accompany them throughout their business life. In this period when we are building our digital identities, getting different digital certificates will be a good opportunity for candidates. It’s not just individuals who find digital certificates useful in the lifelong learning process. At the same time, the world’s largest companies such as Google and IBM provide these trainings and train their employees and employee candidates. In this way, employees can both follow the lifelong learning processes, show the skills they have gained, and companies can have exactly the employees they are looking for.
The digital certificates accompanying our training processes make these documents easily shareable and secure with the technologies they use. These documents also allow us to increase our knowledge in the way we want. For all these reasons, it is possible to make lifelong learning permanent with digital certificates.
Ege Yalçınkaya is the General Manager of Sertifier Inc. who is on a mission to make education more accessible and engaging for all, a guitar player in his spare time, and a product developer who loves tinkering with new ideas. He’s also an enthusiast and investor of cryptocurrencies.