Edalex, the EdTech company that unleashes the power of skills data, digital assets, and personal credentials, partnered with the Council for Aid to Education, Inc. (CAE), a non-profit developer of assessments that measure students’ academic and career readiness, earlier this month to host a webinar on the importance of essential skills in preparing students for career success, and the use of micro-credentials to demonstrate proficiency in these areas.
Titled Micro-Credentials & Essential Academic and Career Skills - Measuring Learning Outcomes, the webinar features panelists Doris Zahner, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer at CAE; Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Learning) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT); and Dan McFadyen, Managing Director of Edalex. CAE partners with Edalex to deliver evidence-based micro-credentials tied to students’ proficiency on CAE’s Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+).
The webinar addresses the higher-order employability skills - critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication - students must develop to succeed in college and the workforce.
“These skills are consistently ranked by employers as most important, even more valuable than content knowledge. However, they are rarely taught, measured, or reported on transcripts,” said Zahner. “There is a gap between the knowledge students have upon graduation and the skills employees need for success. Our research shows a great opportunity to close that gap and improve outcomes for everyone.”
The panelists also discuss solutions for improving these skills and approaches to allow learners to demonstrate proficiency, such as providing learners with personal micro-credentials for employability skills that hold meaning in job markets.
“When we think about the employability skill shortage we see around the world, even those students who do possess them often don’t have a voice, a way to prove that knowledge,” said McFadyen. “Students should be able to demonstrate they have the capabilities to succeed and thrive in the workplace and make a meaningful difference. Our personal evidence record gives learners the confidence to speak to their unique strengths and is backed by qualitative and quantitative evidence, aligned to frameworks that give potential employers meaningful context.”
The webinar is available now for on-demand viewing. CAE has also created a quick Essential College & Career Readiness Skills checklist to keep these skills top-of-mind for curricula and programming for 2022–23. Book a Skills Chat with Edalex to discuss your plans and learn more about the world's first Credential Evidence Platform that helps you discover and share evidence of workplace skills.
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A non-profit organization whose mission is to improve student outcomes, CAE develops performance-based and custom assessments that authentically measure students’ essential college and career readiness skills and identify opportunities for student growth. CAE’s Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) for higher education, College and Career Readiness Assessment (CCRA+) for secondary education, and the new Success Skills Assessment (SSA+) for any level, evaluate the skills educational institutions and employers demand most: critical thinking, problem solving and effective written communication. Based on CAE’s research, these skills are predictive of positive college and career outcomes. CAE also partners with its clients to design innovative performance assessments that measure the constructs vital to students, educators, and institutions, including subject area and grade specific assessments. Since 2002, more than 800,000 students at over 1,300 secondary and higher education institutions globally have completed CAE’s assessments.
To learn more, please visit www.cae.org.