H5. Connecting People and Skills: Alternative Credentialing for Workforce Development
This fast-paced session will explore exciting new practices for the alternative credentialing of learning and workforce development using Mozilla Open Badges. It will demonstrate the benefits of this approach using case studies from innovators such as IBM, Doctors Without Borders, Open University and UK’s Learning and Performance Institute.
Open Badges are “smart” digital micro-credentials containing structured information about the learning they recognize. As an international standard adopted by IMS Global Learning Consortium in 2017, Open Badges are stackable and portable: learners can combine and transfer them between systems for lasting recognition of their accomplishments and capabilities, often backed by direct evidence.
Open Badges are seeing increasing adoption as alternative credentials by educators, professional bodies and employers because they provide flexible ways to track competency-based learning and leverage that learning for careers. Open Badges spark innovation in education and development, by engaging learners and making learning more visible, progressive and accessible.