26 – 28 February 2024
Session 1Q – 26 Feb, 2:10 PM – 2:35 PM CT
Session 6B – 27 Feb, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM CT
Duration: 25 – 75 Minutes
In-Person – JW Marriott, Austin
Edalex will join over 1500 digital learning practitioners, researchers, and policymakers at the 2024 Digital Learning Annual Conference, taking place at the JW Marriott, Austin TX between 26 and 28 February 2024, to discuss the use of educational technology in enhancing student opportunities by boosting their skills visibility. This year, Margo Griffith, Head of Business Development at Edalex, will present her own session and participate in a panel discussion alongside other experts in the field of skills-based education technology. Further details can be found below.
Skills Visibility for Career and Employment Opportunities
by Margo Griffith
Date/Time: Feb 26 / 2:10 PM – 2:35 PM CT
How confident are our learners of expressing their individual skills? How do they know what skills they possess? Certainly, they don’t get that from test scores and grades. 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 skill visibility.
All Learning Counts – Towards SDG4 and Building Scalable Digital Learning Recognition Systems – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
by Richard Copeland (Georgia Department of Education, Virtual School); Laurie Dodge, Ph.D (Competency-Based Education Network); Darren Ponman (Hunter School of Performing Arts) and Margo Griffith (Edalex)
Date/Time: Feb 27 / 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Traditionally we have recognised learning through the awarding of macro credentials (certificates, diplomas and degrees). These are aligned to qualification frameworks or standards that are designed to promote trust and transparency of learning and to provide a method of transferability and mobility for individual learners. To date they have not succeeded and are certainly not enough to achieve the 2030 UNESCO SDG4 goals. We now have the technology infrastructure to digitally enable the trust, transparency, transferability, and mobility requirements.
All learning counts. How do we recognise learning and learning outcomes beyond qualifications? The stakes are high. We, as learning communities, need to prepare our learners to be lifelong learners and succeed in the dynamic and new learn-to-earn ecosystem. The big questions remain – how do we build scalable transformation systems to underpin the new models of learning needed for the future and move beyond recognising just test scores and grades? How do we give learners the agency to curate and share their learning in a secure manner that is both human and machine readable? How can we represent all learning, showing both what we know (knowledge) and can do (skills), including our level of competence?
As a panel, we would like to share our experiences to date with learner profiles, learner dashboards, and digital credentials – the challenges faced, and the hurdles overcome. We invite a dialogue with the audience to continue to shift the dial toward the SDG4 goals.
Rich is responsible for the team that recruits, trains, mentors, observes/evaluates, and retains the instructional staff at Georgia Virtual School. He serves as part of the administrative team at Georgia Virtual Learning – a program of the Georgia Department of Education.. His specialties include Critical Thinking/Program Analysis, Leadership/Mentoring, Professional Development, Teacher Training, Teacher Evaluation, Blended Learning and Curriculum Development.
Laurie Dodge, Ph.D
Laurie provides leadership to the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) on quality, assessment, and accreditation. Laurie has served as a member of the WASC Senior College Commission Substantive Change Committee and participated in countless accreditation visits both nationally and internationally. Laurie has also served on several association boards, including UPCEA, Credential Engine and is currently on the NC-SARA Board of Directors. Laurie has been a long-time leader in CBE and was “in the room where it happened” for seminal conversations for what would become C-BEN. As C-BEN was formed, Laurie served as the inaugural Chair of the Board.
In 2016 Laurie was named one of “The Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly (September/October 2016). She is co-author of “A Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education: From Inception to Implementation” with colleagues Deb Bushway and Charla Long.
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.
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.