Edalex announces new Education Design Lab partnership with focus on 21st century skills and personal skills evidence

Edalex, the EdTech company that unleashes the power of skills data, digital assets, and personal credentials, announces an exciting new partnership with Education Design Lab (the Lab). The collaboration focuses on synergies between the Lab’s 21st Century Skills Micro-credentials, Edalex’s Credentialate platform, and expertise from both organisations in mapping and surfacing personalised skills evidence from the curriculum.

Over six years, the Lab co-designed and validated its micro-credentials with 800+ institutions, employers, and learners, which it makes available through its vsbl platform, a comprehensive online learning experience for employers, institutions, and learners to make 21st century skills visible. The Lab has been a thought leader in championing the Learner Revolution through its human-centered design process and has recently issued its research in Skills Visibility: Why and How a Skills-Based Economy can be More Equitable.

Credentialate is the world’s first Credential Evidence Platform that helps discover and share evidence of workplace skills. It was initially developed in close collaboration with leading design partner, UNSW Sydney, in support of a multi-year, cross-faculty community of practice and micro-credential research project. Credentialate has continued to evolve at an accelerated pace, informed in partnership with educators and industry leaders from around the world. Credentialate provides a Skills Core that creates order from chaotic assessment data, enables meaningful insight and equips learners with rich personal industry-aligned evidence of their skills. 

Naomi Boyer, PhD, Executive Director, Digital Transformation at the Lab says: “The burgeoning skills-based economy requires human and technological innovation to realise the potential for increased opportunity and equity for job seekers, greater skill recognition for learners, and the ultimate cultivation of robust talent pipelines for employers. Education Design Lab is excited to partner with Edalex to forward the cross-continent movement and elevation of skills as a means to empower learners and earners to connect with meaningful work leading to social mobility.” 

“We’ve had the pleasure to engage with Education Design Lab on projects in Australia and the US, and have seen first-hand the value of mapping the Lab’s 21st century skills to curricula,” said Dan McFadyen, Managing Director, Edalex. “Credentialate then surfaces personalised evidence for each learner based on institutional assessment data. This gives the learner a voice for their workplace skills, transforms the institution’s existing data into a valuable asset, and creates a signal-to-hire for employers.”

Prior to the formalisation of the partnership, Edalex and the Lab established a strong working relationship through multiple industry initiatives. The first initiative is a grant from the Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance program, collaborating on an efficacy study of Credentialate with Education Design Lab, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Dayton. The second initiative is a Skills Collaborative run by the Open Skills Network (OSN), with the partners successfully demonstrating how the Lab’s 21st Century Skills Rich Skill Descriptors (RSDs) can be integrated into technology to deploy and scale within learning institutions.   

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Kristine Chompff
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About Education Design Lab

Education Design Lab (the Lab for short) is a nonprofit innovation engine that co-designs, validates, and scales education-to-workforce models through a human-centered design process focused on understanding learner experiences, addressing equity gaps in higher education, and accelerating economic mobility for new majority learners. The process helps higher education leaders consider the needs of employers, using curriculum and program design as a gateway to make skills more visible to students and employers alike. The Lab also helps employers, cities, and states organise their response to the increasing need for skills-based credentials that often yield superior ROI for employers, regions, and certainly for learners and earners left out of the current system.

Find out more at: eddesignlab.org

About Edalex

Powering your single source of truth for skills and learning data

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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.

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