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.
What’s the difference between employment and employability data? What can employability data tell us about a learner’s job or career prospects? In this information-rich Credentialate Guide we look at the currently available data and what data we could be capturing to give us a better understanding of learner employability, with the ultimate aim of driving graduate employability outcomes.
So far in our Lens on Learners series, we have looked at lifelong learners, those who are unemployed and underemployed, and those still in grades K-12 (or their country equivalent of elementary and high school). However, we haven’t as yet addressed one group, one that we still need to talk about – those learners who are recent college graduates. These learners currently face the question “What now?” Let’s dive in and see…
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.
Continuing our Lens on Learners series, we come to one of the most challenging and perhaps most important topics of all, yet one of the most difficult to navigate. We talk about the skills gap, the need for soft skills and ways to quantify, measure, and document them when it comes to universities, trade schools, and even adult learning, but what about starting even earlier?
What do current learner and graduate outcomes look like? From a societal perspective, what are we getting for our education spending? And are these acceptable given the needs of the new global economy? In this information-rich Credentialate Guide, we will look at what data we have from countries that collect and publish graduate outcome data – including Australia, the UK, the EU, and the United States – and explore how learner and graduate outcomes align with learner expectations and future workforce needs.
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.