Badging Studio Team MeetingNews & Events
Working across the school-to-work pipeline, the Lab is constantly reminded of the need to question whether the current multi-faceted ecosystem that links learners, institutions and employers can support changing educational models, an emerging set of credentials (e.g., digital badges) and employer needs. The Lab sees a need to identify and bridge best and emerging practices that could help redefine the ecosystem. For the February 2017 Studio Team Meeting, we brought together more than a dozen systems-level thinkers from the fields of technology, credentialing, and higher education to pressure test our prototypes for how to scale a badge earning process for post secondary learners in ways that would be credible to employers.
Kathleen deLaski presents one expression of a learner-employer translation process to the Studio Team.
How might we bridge the skills language gap between institutions, students, and hiring managers? What might a translation system look like? Participants were not only charged with those questions and presented with early visualizations (created by the Lab and informed by the past three years of work); they were encouraged to dissect the visualizations, to play with them, to challenge and inquire. As the session progressed, information about parallel efforts, industry insights, and new partnership opportunities naturally emerged. Thanks to organizations that participated: Connecting Credentials, Credly, Education Advisory Board, The Common Application, 2gnome, Duke University, University of Texas System, and two of the schools in our badging challenge cohort who are building 21st century skill badges: Bay Path University and IREX (on behalf of Makerere University and Tunis Business School).
Participants explore the Lab’s key questions about the system underlying the skills language gap between institutions, students, and hiring managers.
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