Edalex, an edtech services company, today announced the launch of Credentialate, a micro-credentialing platform designed to assess, monitor, promote and validate learners’ attainment of signature (soft) skills.
The platform has been developed in close collaboration with Group of Eight (Go8) design partner UNSW Sydney, in support of a multi-year, cross-faculty micro-credential community of practice and research project led by UNSW Professor Patsie Polly. Credentialate is a secure, configurable platform that assesses and tracks attainment of competencies and issues micro-credentials to students together with an accessible evidence layer to validate achievements.
“Credentialate incorporates a rubric-based approach for visualising meaningful evidence behind signature skill micro-credentials,” said Professor Patsie Polly, Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW. “UNSW has been excited to partner with Edalex on the co-design of a platform that we believe addresses a critical need not only at UNSW, but potentially also for other education providers globally.”
With micro-credentialing in the spotlight following a review into the Australian Qualifications Framework, Credentialate focuses on a number of key areas of the issuing process: extraction of data from LMS environments; assessment of extracted competency scores against an institution’s rubrics to determine students’ levels of mastery; issuing of micro-credentials via integration with badge generation tools; and clear qualitative and quantitative evidence of each student’s mastery via a standards-based detailed achievement record. Particular emphasis has been placed on tools to manage the entire lifecycle of badge attainment.
“Edalex’s mission is to ‘help put innovation into education’, and Credentialate enables educational organisations to implement flexible micro-credential models – from pilots to full institutional deployments,” said Dan McFadyen, Managing Director of Edalex. “Credentialate’s secure automated extraction and assessment of rubric data minimises the impact on busy academic staff, enables enterprise analytics and ultimately provides meaningful evidence-backed micro-credentials for learners and prospective employers.”
Powering your single source of truth for skills and learning data
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.