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Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: New Models for Recognizing Learning [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 19

9:30am MDT

HEaRT: A Model for Recognizing Learning While Solving Workforce Problems
The next generation of learners can be supported by higher education programs that provide a platform supporting and enhancing team building, critical thinking, problem-solving and networking skills. The gap between what learners obtain in the classroom and the application of skills in the workplace can be shortened with the offering of experiential learning opportunities. Universities can deliver an online experience that allows students to build soft skills while connecting theory to practice, effectively demonstrating holistic workforce preparedness in their field of study. The Higher Education and Real-world Training (HEaRT) experiential learning model is a learner-centered initiative that delivers an experience within an online environment where learners earn digital badges and micro-credentials.


Jan Wyatt

Associate Vice President - Nursing, Health Professions, and Counseling, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
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Stacey Rosenberg

Associate Dean Nursing, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Denise Bisaillon

Executive Director Health Professions, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
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Toni Clayton

Associate Dean Health Professions, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
Looking forward to conversations on experiential learning opportunities for on-line higher education students. Happy to share our HEaRT model with others and collaborate on future projects.

Tuesday May 19, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am MDT

11:15am MDT

To Badge or Not to Badge: One Institution’s Journey Into Micro-credentialing
Winona State University will share its experience in the journey to develop a digital badge program. Participants will learn what badges are…and aren’t (or shouldn’t be), develop an understanding of delivery platforms, and examine the badge programs being developed at WSU. Specifically, we’ll discuss the co-branded Merchant’s Bank Leadership badge, the Digital Citizenship Program, and the Web Front End Development, a non-credit badge series collaboration with our two-year college partner. This series will provide students an opportunity to gain 6 credits toward completion of a two-year degree as well as electives in the bachelor’s degree at WSU.


Linda Kingston

Assistant Vice President of Distance Learning and Summer Session, Winona State University

Tuesday May 19, 2020 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT

1:00pm MDT

Open Badges Reference Implementation Model Site Using Serverless Technology
Open University Japan and Digital Knowledge developed an Open Badges 2.0 (OBv2) and 2.1 Reference Implementation Model Site called OBRIM using the latest modern application technology to promote IMS Open Badges specifications to potential IMS members like institutions and vendors in Japan. Most institutions and vendors are interested in OBv2, but face the issue of how to implement and integrate existing systems. OBRIM consists of a front-end single page application that runs on cross-browsers and a back-end serverless system. Serverless builds agility and modern applications with a lower total cost of ownership and simple system structure. OBRIM helps institutions and vendors in Japan implement IMS standards easily and rapidly, then they can focus on their core existing products without having to worry about managing and operating servers and runtimes. This overhead reduction helps them regain the time and energy they spend developing superior IMS standard products that are scalable and reliable.

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Tsuneo Yamada

Professor, The Open University of Japan

Takahiro Hata

Executive Officer, Digital Knowledge Co., Ltd.

Tuesday May 19, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm MDT

1:45pm MDT

Creating An Online Toolkit for Supporting Non-traditional Student Success
This 30-minute workshop is a presentation on academic innovation - using technology to support staff development and community-building. CEW+, U-M University Human Resources, and Information and Technology Services are creating a self-paced online training toolkit to enhance how University staff engage with and support nontraditional students. Toolkit topics address the common needs, barriers and challenges of underrepresented students at U-M. This training is a collaborative effort to pilot a new model of conducting online student-focused learning and optimizing micro-credentialing functions. Attendees will be shown a demonstration of the toolkit and learn about additional engagement opportunities beyond the toolkit.    1. How to utilize learning management software tools to support university staff professional development 2. Models for campus partnerships 3. Engagement opportunities beyond the toolkit

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Nargas Oskui

Instructional Learning Specialist Senior, University of Michigan
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Tuesday May 19, 2020 1:45pm - 2:15pm MDT

2:30pm MDT

Building a Micro-credential System within a Community of Practice
Adult learners come in all shapes and sizes, with different learning styles and goals. Not only that, a single learner might shift their approach between and within learning experiences. That's why we design micro-credential pathways to fit the needs of all educators. In this session, we'll use an inquiry-led approach to design learning experiences that recognize a broad range of learning products for the various personas within your community. We'll discuss Communities of Practice (CoPs) as a framework for micro-credential pathways, what peer-reviewed checkpoints to include and what platforms are best for awarding these achievements.We use IMS standards to ensure micro-credential pathways are peer-reviewed, award a specific competency and live within a learner's profile, making them easily accessible and shareable.


Julie Keane

Chief Learning Officer, Participate
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Mark Otter

@participate, Participate
We value our partnership with Participate!  Thank you for being a Platinum Sponsor!!

Ann Bullock

Dean of the School of Education, Elon University

Tuesday May 19, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Wednesday, May 20

11:15am MDT

Engaging Employers and Learners with Digital Badges
This session demonstrates how to jump start digital badging on campus and engage employers and learners in the process of launching digital badges. This session examines focus group and survey results and how to meet the needs of employers and learners when creating digital badges.  The goal is to utilize digital badges to increase the visibility of learners’ skills in a way that is meaningful to employers. Education Design Lab, who is running a multi-state project to test the efficacy of its 21st century skill digital badges in entry-level hiring will share their insights and tools used to engage learners, employers and other stakeholders.


Don Fraser

Director of Micro-Credentials, EdDesign Lab

Jeanna Trammell

Internship Advisor, CSULB Career Development Center

Wednesday May 20, 2020 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT

2:15pm MDT

Strategies for Identifying and Approving High Quality Micro-Credential Programs
The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States.  SUNY’s 64 campuses include community colleges, technology colleges, comprehensive colleges, and R1 Research Institutions—large and small, in urban and rural areas. Hear from micro-credential leads across sectors of SUNY Institutions how they identify and approve high quality micro-credentials under a System-wide policy framework. Learn how this unique effort is supporting flexible options for students, community, P-12 and employer partners, while assuring academic rigor, faculty governance review and innovation (yes, it can be done!).

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Cynthia Proctor

Director of Communications and Academic Policy Development, SUNY System Administration

Wednesday May 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:00pm MDT

4:15pm MDT

 Democratizing Higher Ed: Blockcerts as Stackable Credentials for High-Impact Learning Experiences   
Lehigh University has taken a democratizing approach to higher education by expanding and defending the the value of experiential and residential learning wherever it may occur. Lehigh provides blockchain-anchored, summative credentials embedded with micro-credentials. This “stackable credentials” approach offers a learning design model that builds on existing credentialing paradigms to advance formal, publicly-recognizable models for higher education. The pilot implementation currently offers Blockcerts for:
  • Division 1 athletes
  • Students who complete Lehigh’s study abroad programs
  • Students who complete Lehigh’s highly competitive Mountaintop Fellows Institute.

Lehigh’s approach not only embraces formal recognition of expanded paradigms for learning; it anchors those records to the institution while also empowering students to own and share those credentials over their lifetimes in support of self-sovereign identity. Lehigh’s Blockcerts project moves closer to democratizing higher education by moving away from only valuing the diploma and offers a scalable model for other institutions.


Cameron McCoy

Assistant Vice President Office of Economic Development, Lehigh University

Francisco Gomez

Managing Director, Learning Machine

Wednesday May 20, 2020 4:15pm - 5:00pm MDT