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.”