National Distance Learning Week Featured Webinar

Webinar: Alternative, Stackable, and Microcredentials: Where are we headed?

October 06, 2016 | By Gordana Goudie

Alternative, Stackable, and Microcredentials: Where are we headed?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (Times listed are Eastern Standard Time; GMT-5) 

Sponsored by Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)EDUCAUSE Learning InitiativeIACEE


Attend this event to hear from leading international experts on alternative credentials, microcredentials, and badging. They will discuss current efforts, successful examples, and emerging frameworks for the creation, interoperability, and sustainability of these innovations. The conversation will also address science and engineering since the rapid changes in these fields require professionals to quickly and continually gain new competencies, while receiving the appropriate and acceptable evidence that these competencies are attained. The question is, with the possible proliferation of alternatives to the commonly acknowledged “college degree,” how do we create a shared understanding, a common currency that we, higher education institutions and employers alike, will recognize and accept? Join us for this webinar to the explore potential answers to this question. 

Webinar moderated by Malcolm Brown, Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

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9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. EST/(GMT-5)

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Malcolm Brown, Director of EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Yakut Gazi, Assoc. Dean for Learning Systems, Georgia Technology Professional Education

Soma Chakrabarti, President, International Association of Continuing Engineering Education and Director of Continuing Studies, University of Delaware

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EST/(GMT-5)

Microcredentials as a Common Currency for Learning

Kyle Bowen
Director of Education Technology Services
Penn State University

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. EST/(GMT-5)

The Potential for Digital Badging in Distance Education: The Experience of the Open University in the U.K.

Patrina Law
Head of Free Learning
Open University, U.K.

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. EST/(GMT-5)

Learning Recognition Networks: Credentialing 3.0?

Daniel Hickey
Professor and Program Coordinator, Learning Sciences Program
Indiana University

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST/(GMT-5) BREAK

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST/(GMT-5)

Digital Badges in Composition Courses

Denise Paster
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Composition
Coastal Carolina University
Alan Reid
Assistant Professor
Coastal Carolina University

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST/(GMT-5)

Connecting Educators, Learners and Employers through Open Badges

Mark Leuba
VP of Product Development
IMS Global Learning Consortium

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST/(GMT-5)

Predicting the Future of Alternative Credentials

Kyle Peck
Professor of Education, Learning, Design, and Technology Program
Penn State University

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. EST/(GMT-5)

Closing Comments and Q&A

Nelson Baker
Dean of Professional Education
Georgia Institute of Technology

Secretary General
International Association for Engineering Continuing Education

Yakut Gazi
Associate Dean for Learning Systems
Georgia Institute of Technology

Nelson Baker
Yakut Gazi


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