Learn It, Perform It, Display It – The Power of Digital Credentialing for Workforce Acceleration

Concurrent Session 1
MERLOT

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

As individuals secure their learning from multiple sources across their lifetimes, communication and certification systems are evolving to enable the efficient and reliable communication of skills. As leaders in the digital badge space, we will discuss the value of digital credentialing, help the audience develop their own best practices and showcase case how institutions and companies, are empowering individuals through recognition of achievements demonstrated both inside and outside of traditional education.

Presenters

Brenda M. Perea, Director of Educational and Workforce Strategies at Credly and works on large scale implementations. She also consults for MERLOT/SkillsCommons CalState-Long Beach and DXtera in technology projects and helps grow the educational technology community through outreach and engagement. Brenda brings nearly 20 years experience in the instructional technology-design field on projects spanning academia, corporate, government and military technology initiatives. Previously she was a Project Manager for Special Grant Projects at Colorado Community College System, where she designed and developed a system-wide digital badging credential system which entails building collaboration between a consortium of colleges and workforce to identify and target workforce skills not apparent in courses, certificates & degrees supported by interoperable technology. Brenda believes it is critical to use technology to ensure post-secondary education and career training is relevant for today’s workforce while using data to better inform students, administrators, faculty & employers. She works with the international Open Recognition Alliance and IMS Global to shape the national conversation on recognizing learning where it happens, industry and business engagement in post-secondary education and workforce credentialing.
Michael P. Macklin is the Associate Provost for Workforce Partnerships/Development at the Colorado Community College System. His primary focuses are workforce development, noncredit programming, and business partnership development. Through Mr. Macklin’s work with digital badges, he is leveraging the power of digital credential opportunities in advanced manufacturing, healthcare and information technology. He understands that digital badges are key in sustaining and expanding workforce skillsets with community and business partners as this allows for unprecedented access to affordable res-killing and up-skilling opportunities.

Extended Abstract

As individuals secure their learning from multiple sources across their lifetimes, communication and certification systems are evolving to enable the efficient and reliable communication of skills. Digital badges help connect talent to opportunity at scale, using digital evidence of achievement to build an education-to-workforce pipeline among participating institutions and businesses. Audience members will gain valuable knowledge about how their institution and companies can empowering individuals through recognition of achievements demonstrated both inside and outside of traditional education.  As we discuss best practices in the development of a digital badge ecosystem,  we will engage audience members in hands on exercises to design appropriate competencies within programs, courses and trainings which can be captured with digital badges to document skills and applied learning. Audience members will engage in discussions about the emerging role digital badges play in a learner/badge earner’s career and educational pathway. As leaders in the digital badge space, we will use examples of how 2 different institutions, a 2-year and 4-year, helped create a digital badge ecosystem model which encourages badge earners to claim digital badges and share them on social media. Our work has also helped to inform program development in both credit and non-credit course design.