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Track: Digital Credentials Badges & CBE [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 24


Collaborating for Value: A Competency-based Education Case Study
IMS Global is helping to shift the edtech paradigm by working with institutions and vendors collaboratively in teams to help develop solutions and solve real world problems. Specifically, over the last year teams of CBE institutions and edtech vendors have analyzed interoperability issues, prototyped solutions, and formed partnerships with supporting organizations to advance CBE interoperability. This session highlights several milestones from this work including a prototype of an extended transcript based on an LTI record of performance service that utilizes linked data. We believe these types of collaborations should become more common across higher education and intentionally used to promote student success. This session focuses on our successes and pitfalls while sharing strategies for connecting such multi-faceted efforts to supportive initiatives that drive more value for all contributors.

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Jeff Grann

Credential Solutions Lead, Credential Engine
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Joellen Shendy

Associate Vice Provost and Registrar, University of Maryland University College
Next Generation Student Records and new ways to evidence the students learning journey to showcase value!
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Wade Weichel

Director, Product Management, Blackboard

Tuesday May 24, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
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Unbundling Education: University of Akron’s Modular Approach to Learning
By unbundling content, delivery methods, and assessments, and utilizing competency-based methods and experiential learning, the University of Akron is designing an innovative new educational model that can directly impact students’ concept mastery and success.

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Wendy Lampner

Manager of Design & Development Services, The University of Akron
In my current position as the Manager of Design and Development Services I provide leadership to staff responsible for planning, designing, and developing effective instructional materials and courses. Our group is currently working on more than 50 online courses, 2 new online degrees... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Salon K


Using Badges to Verify Employer-Ready Skills in a University Honors Program
Illinois State University implemented a digital badge system to officially verify skills and outcomes in their Honors Program. Students earn digital credentials throughout their education, certifying competencies demonstrated inside and outside the classroom, including study abroad programs, research and leadership activities. This session describes the process of building the program.

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Jonathan Finkelstein

CEO, Credly
Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and CEO of Credly, a credential service provider which enables organizations to recognize, reward and market skills, competencies and certifications. As founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan helped hundreds of mission-driven organizations produce and launch... Read More →
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Susan Manning

Instructional Designer, Digital Credential Systems, Credly
Talk to me about digital badges! In addition to helping Credly clients design credential systems in formal and informal settings, I come from the teaching world. Presently I teach for the University of Wisconsin at Stout, including courses in instructional design, universal design... Read More →
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Amy Oberts

Associate Director, Honors Program, Illinois State University
I am an educator of 20 years who believes in leveraging technology to engage learners of all ages. I recently entered higher education with the vision of building a digital badging ecosystem that both empowers and motivates students to persist in our university's Honors Program. I... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Salon K


Competency-Based Pathways with Badging and Extended Transcript
eLumen will present how their curriculum and assessment management system, with integrated badging and extended transcript solution, is allowing community colleges to redefine both attainment and pathways. Students can now progress along a competency-based graph and measure their attainment as continuous, badge-based progress along a continuum of achievement instead of the traditional Certificate and Associates Degree model.  Whether they leave after a single course or with a full Associates Degree, they can carry a meaningful representation of skills to their community and workforce—and always be aware of their next opportunity for learning.

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Joel Hernandez

CEO, eLumen

Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Salon K


The World in Change: Update on Reference Implementations of the Competency-Based Extended Transcript
Over the past year, IMS Global and numerous institutions, vendors, and other partners have worked together to craft an emerging digital credential specification built on existing IMS standards. Learning Objects is partnering with UMUC and the University of Wisconsin Extension on reference implementations of the Extended Transcript (with generous support from Lumina and AACRAO). We will provide a summary of Digital Credential working groups' efforts we're building on, an overview of our work, including early schematics and plans for implementation.

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Jon Mott

Chief Learning Officer, Learning Objects
Passionate about transforming teaching and learning through personalization and adaptivity. No two learners are alike. Through powerful personalized, competency-based learning tools we can empower unique learners to achieve their goals at their pace.

Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:35pm - 3:05pm
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Engaging Employers to Provide Unique Applicable, Flexible CBE Programs
Employers across the country and in many sectors are increasingly interested in sponsoring programs that help employees gain skills and credentials. Competency-based programs can be especially relevant to the needs of the employer while helping working students develop valuable skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace. College for America at Southern New Hampshire University uses workforce research and engages employer partners to help develop and sponsor its competency-based degree programs.

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Julian Alssid

Chief Workforce Strategist, College for America
Julian L. Alssid, Chief Workforce Strategist at College for America, is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development innovation and policy. He has over 20 years of experience working with decision makers who seek to grow the economy and create a pipeline of skilled talent... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Salon K
Wednesday, May 25


CBE & Connected Credentials: New Research Insights on Evidence of Learning
The American Council on Education’s research analyzes the gap between how students communicate their competencies and how employers assess capabilities, addressing 1) how employers consume evidence of learning, 2) the dimensions of quality credentials, and 3) how educational institutions can improve their CBE and credentialing practices to bridge the gap.

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Deborah Everhart

VP, Design & Innovation, Learning Objects, A Cengage Learning Company

Wednesday May 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
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Issuing and Creating High-Stakes Digital Credentials for CBE
Organizations may issue digital badges, but in order to issue high-stakes credentials that will be valued as "true currency," you must create high-stakes credentials that are independently verifiable, sustainable, portable, and safe and secure, thereby establishing trust throughout the entire credentialing ecosystem serving multiple industries.

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Eric Korb

CEO, Accreditrust Technologies, LLC
I'm a person who thrives on challenges, and succeeds in business through honesty, perseverance, vision and communication skills. I'm not afraid of trying something that's never been done before. For example, in 1997 I trademarked "Webinar" and delivered the first online presentation... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
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Workforce-driven Experiential Learning & Technical Credentialing
Across the nation, technical institutes, community colleges and elite universities are expanding their curriculum offerings to include experiential and applied learning experiences. This presentation discusses how CBE model can best align with technical pathways through incorporating apprenticeship, clinical and industrial internship, and craft training. Partnerships among academic institutions, Pearson and CORE Technology platform, can offer a streamlined CBE online curriculum, authentic assessment and workforce certification test prep. 


Gregory Cianfarani

Founder and CEO, RXinsder
Gregory Cianfarani is the Founder and CEO of both RXinsider and the CORE Higher Education Group, technology and multimedia companies based in West Warwick, Rhode Island. RXinsider and CORE are companies under the Incutor umbrella (www.incutor.com).Greg has more than 20 years of management... Read More →
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Xuan (Shwan) Ma

Business Strategists and Educational Consultant, Pearson
Xuan Ma, as a business strategist and educational consultant works on building partnerships among academic institutions, national organizations and EdTech community to identify pressing issues facing HE, craft innovative solutions and implement best practices. Her current focus is... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
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