Our interactive publication highlights both the people and the process behind the XCredit skills assessments.
Education Design Lab’s XCredit initiative seeks to validate and credential skills gained through work and life experience. Along with our partners and the Skills Validation Network, we are prototyping a scalable, interoperable set of validation tools and methods, aimed to empower STARs (individuals Skilled Through Alternative Routes) with valuable labor market currency along with agency, mobility, and visibility in a rapidly changing skills-based economy.
Over two years (2021 to 2023), our team of 13 designers, analysts, and SMEs developed a library of 118 next-generation skills assessments aligned to the Lab’s 21st century skills framework. Throughout this time, the assessment development process itself has gone through an iterative design process as our team experimented, learning what worked, discarding what didn’t, and seeking continuous improvement. Critically, it is both the people and the process that have enabled our success.
Designing Next-Generation Skills Assessments: A Multi-Stakeholder, Iterative Approach highlights both the people and the process behind the XCredit assessments. It is a testament to a phenomenal group of contributors and the two years they’ve spent learning and iterating together. It provides both an overview and an in-depth account of the XCredit team’s assessment development process, while also providing insights for anyone designing cross-functionally, remotely, or asynchronously.
Note: The PDF version contains limited interactivity. Linking and navigation functionality are available; however, any buttons providing definitions and examples of tools are not. You can access these additional tools also via the Appendix PDF.
Executive Summary (1 page)