Edalex are one of 12 inaugural members of the XCredit Skills Validation Network, launched on 19 January 2023 by the Education Design Lab to empower individuals who are STARs.
Edalex, the EdTech company that unleashes the power of skills data, digital assets, and personal credentials, is thrilled to announce that they are an inaugural member of the XCredit Skills Validation Network, launched on 19 January 2023 by the Education Design Lab (the Lab), which aims to empower STARs (individuals Skilled Through Alternative Routes) with valuable labour market currency. One of only 14 members in total (including Edalex and the Lab), Edalex and the other network members are tasked with prototyping new skills validation tools and methods and providing thought leadership to drive outcomes across the skills-based ecosystem.
The XCredit Skills Validation Network (SVN) is an action-oriented, future-focused community which seeks to expand opportunities for the validation of skills gained through work and life experience. “We are so pleased to be an inaugural member of the Network and see great synergy with the objectives of the group and our work in providing the skills infrastructure and data connections institutions need to operate effectively within the skills ecosystem,” said Edalex Managing Director, Dan McFadyen. “Similarly, our core value of putting learners at the centre of all that we do is reflected in the aims and activities that the Network will be engaging in and the outcomes it seeks to deliver.”
The Lab points out that the field is coalescing around the need to shift from a broken and inequitable system of learning and work to a more equitable, visible skills-based ecosystem. Just as the old system was powered by degrees, this new system must also be powered by a trusted currency, one that learners, employers, and educational institutions alike deem valuable: Skills. The Network will serve as a conduit to the exploration, development, advancement, and collaboration between career navigation systems, job placement and worker advancement organisations, skills data sets and platforms, and skills wallets and ecosystems.
“The current talent marketplace devalues lived experience, while scalable skills validation empowers opportunity,” commented Naomi Boyer, Executive Director of Digital Transformation at Education Design Lab. “Edalex is a true technology partner in the advancement of the skills movement to disrupt the previous limited learn-earn models. The work underway is a global effort and Education Design Lab is honored to have Edalex contribute to the thought leadership and innovative design and development of prototypes that will emerge from the SVN,” Boyer noted.
“We’re excited to participate in such a worthwhile endeavour and have the opportunity to engage with the other innovative leaders the Lab has gathered to their cause. We’re particularly interested in the prototype model, and where our Credentialate and openRSD platforms can add value,” McFadyen commented. “Taking an innovation sprint approach to finding a solution to the challenges faced within the skills-based ecosystem will enable us to collectively identify the best solutions more quickly. When we go together, we go further.”
Learn more at: https://eddesignlab.org/xcredit-skills-validation-network/
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Edalex is an EdTech company powering your single source of truth for skills and learning data. Founded in 2016, Edalex develops technology solutions that extract hidden value from educational data to make it accessible and more meaningful. Edalex brings together the team behind the CODiE award-winning openEQUELLA open source platform that centrally houses teaching and learning, research, media and library content.
In 2019, Edalex launched Credentialate, the world’s first Credential Evidence Platform, that helps discover and share evidence of workplace skills. Credentialate creates order from chaotic data, provides meaningful insight through framework alignment and equips each learner with unique, rich, industry-aligned evidence of their skills and competencies. Credentialate has continued to evolve at an accelerated pace, informed in partnership with educators and industry leaders from around the world.
openRSD was released by Edalex in 2022 to help create, store and share rich skill descriptors (RSDs) and RSD collections. openRSD uses Edalex’s open source technology stack to create locally- and globally-relevant libraries of RSDs that are open to all contributors and consumers. RSDs are the building blocks of a skills-driven labour market. They structure skills data, add context around a particular skill and are both human and machine readable. RSDs bring equity to the learner and the skills ecosystem and provide an even playing field for skills recognition.