4 – 6 March 2024
Showcase Time: 5 Mar at 1:50 – 2:05 PM CST
(6 Mar at 6:50 – 7:05 AM AEDT)
Duration: 15 Minutes
Venue: New Orleans Marriott Hotel, Louisiana
Join Dan McFadyen and Margo Griffith for this solution showcase where they will guide you through the steps of enabling skills visibility for your organization, fostering equity and mobility for learners.
How confident are our learners of expressing their individual skills? How do they know what skills they possess and importantly how do they share their skills with others in a way that is both secure and controlled by them? Certainly, they don’t get that from test scores and traditional transcripts.
Our research (2022) suggests that only 33% of college graduates felt comfortable in articulating their skills in a hiring situation (2021 Edalex Employability Outcomes Survey). It’s not good enough. When our learners face a point of learning transition – High school to College or to the workforce, we have to equip all learners with the tools to succeed and this starts with skill visibility. We have to find a way to make skills visible across the learning community and the technology is at a point right now where this can be enabled. Learning should be digitally represented as we move into a digital future and it has to be portable and interoperable, and learners need to have agency over their learning data – to curate and share with whomever they choose.
Moving forward we need a new way to profile learners that showcases what they know and can do. Technology is a vital component in being able to solve these challenges and provide a mechanism to enable scale and adoption. This session shines a light on several use cases where individual schools have leveraged the emerging technology stacks to give their learners every opportunity to succeed beyond school by digitally representing and recognising their skill development and achievement.
The session aims to stimulate a robust conversation on the steps you can take in your organization to enable skills visibility.
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.
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.