Edalex, the edtech company on a mission to surface learning outcomes, digital assets and the power of individual achievement, today announced the final formation of its inaugural Credentialate Advisory Group, a strategic panel of thought leaders focused on bridging the gap between education and the world of work.
EDALEX digital badges
Edalex, the edtech company on a mission to surface learning outcomes, digital assets and the power of individual achievement, and the Council for Aid to Education, Inc. (CAE), a non-profit developer of performance-based and custom assessments that authentically measure students’ essential college and career readiness skills recently engaged online attendees in the workshop “Measurement of Learning Outcome Achievement – Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)” at the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) annual conference held in June.
Survey reveals employability driving future learning – but only 1 in 3 can differentiate their skills
A new survey by leading edtech company, Edalex, reveals that while the majority of learners would choose skills-based or alternative credentials for future learning, only a third of college graduates felt well prepared in differentiating their skills. This reinforces the imperative for personalised evidence of skills, with close to half of the respondents valuing such evidence – higher than the percentage who have actually received digital badges.
Edalex commissioned a market research survey of over 1,000 college graduates based in the United States regarding their employability outcomes, their future plans for education and their knowledge and understanding of the modern credential marketplace – the inaugural Lens on Learners: 2021 Employability Outcomes Survey.
In this conversation style interview, Margo Griffith and Professor Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University have a wide-ranging discussion on the European approach to micro-credentials. Their discussion explores the mindset that education is a ‘public good’ in Europe, how micro-credentials support lifelong learning in that setting and his experiences in helping to establish a whole-of-Europe framework.
As we turn our Lens on Learners, we want to look at the different types of learners in today’s space, define who they are and also work to understand their needs and how micro-credentials and digital badging can help them. Let’s look at the learners with the most urgent need for retraining or additional education – those learners who are underemployed, unemployed, or have been displaced from their careers by either technological advances or other factors.
What does the word ‘learner’ mean to you today – and compared to 5 years ago? What about in 5 years from now? As the world of work has changed, so learners too – significantly in some respects. In our new blog series, Lens on Learners, we’ll take a deep dive into what learners look like today, what their needs are now and in the future and how the modern credential marketplace is meeting the needs of the new global economy.
Throughout this series, the same questions have come up again and again. We aren’t going to pretend to have all the answers. And in outlining these ‘wicked problems’, we’re not saying that there is no work currently being done to address them: there is. In this final piece, we seek to highlight not only how far we’ve come… but the distance we have yet to go.
Skills-based learning is not the learning formula for tomorrow. It’s the learning formula for today. most skills-based learning is taking place in more informal, lifelong learning environments that come either after, alongside, or in some cases in place of formal education. In this information-rich Credentialate Guide, we explore how education providers are addressing the increasing demand for skills development and verification.