Digital Credentials Summit 2024 – K-12 Mastery Progression Credentialing: Impact and Change Management

4 – 6 March 2024

Showcase Time: 5 Mar at 9:20 – 10:00 AM CST

(6 Mar at 2:20 – 3:00 AM AEDT)

Duration: 40 Minutes

Venue: New Orleans Marriott Hotel, Louisiana


Join Dan McFadyen, Margo Griffith, and Darren Ponman where they will delve into a digital credentials solution designed for HSPA to track student progress towards mastery, reduce current reporting administrative overheads, and provide visibility across the learning journey for all stakeholders in the learning community.

All learning counts. We, as learning communities, need to prepare our learners to be lifelong learners and succeed in the dynamic and new learn-to-earn ecosystem. In 2021, the Hunter School of Performing Arts (HSPA) began an aspirational journey to implement a mastery model. They developed a school-wide Mastery Learning system utilizing 5 tier performance descriptions for each curriculum outcome and other cross-curricular and co-curricular skills.

The centralised, embedded learning mastery system needed to enable school-wide, collective responsibility for student learning and success, shared by teachers, parents, and students. The search for the EdTech to enable the system began, but was quickly determined not to exist. HSPA partnered with Edalex, who collaborated with Learning Vault in an integration partnership to co-design the solution with HSPA. The technology enablement team overcame significant challenges including how to recognise the progression of learning, the development of a learner dashboard underpinned by dynamic data that was visible to stakeholders 24/7, the ability for teachers to input unique and specific feedback throughout the learning process and for learners to see where they sit in comparison with the rest of their cohort.

The impact of its implementation in mid-2023 is anticipated to significantly save teacher reporting time, promote learner agency and engagement, motivate learners through gamification and visibility over their learning.


About the Presenter:

Darren Ponman
Principal, Hunter School of the Performing Arts (HSPA)

Darren is an innovative educator adept at designing and implementing next generation Digital Learning Systems. He co-designed the first Big Picture Education Campus in NSW, writing and resourcing the State-wide Critical Thinking syllabus, designing and implementing vast, technology-based infrastructure across multiple public schools. Currently, collaborating with Edalex and Learning Vault to co-design and implement a scalable, Mastery-based, digital credential system for use in K-12 schools.

Darren Ponman - HSPA

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Margo Griffith
Principal Skills Consultant, Edalex

Margo’s in-depth knowledge and experience of skills, the skills ecosystem, and digital credentials is the result of working in and with higher education providers and edtech leaders, nationally and internationally for over 20 years. She is passionate about the positive impact of technology within education and the enablement of lifelong learning and mobility. Margo co-convenes a Cross Sector Community of practice around Microcredentials in Australia and sits on the Executive of the International Council of Badges and Credentials (ICoBC). She writes blog posts around challenges surrounding the learn to earn journey. Margo is currently exploring Systems Thinking concepts and their relation to the emerging skills ecosystem.

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Dan McFadyen
Managing Director, Edalex

For the past 20+ years, Dan has focused on enabling innovation in education powered by educational technology and long-term partnerships with educational institutions. This passion fuelled varied roles from a start-up developing the CODiE award-winning EQUELLA software to global educational powerhouses Blackboard and Pearson. Since 2016 Dan has served as the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Edalex, tackling skills- and employability-related challenges by supporting the definition, development, and recognition of skills through education. On a personal level, as a dual American-Australian citizen, he struggles daily with the conflict between raising his two children on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or vegemite.

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