Commonwealth of Learning micro-credential webinars

Mar 9, 2021

CanCred’s Don Presant led a two-part series of professional development workshops to help demystify micro-credentials for emergent economies in The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) community.

The Missing Pieces: Micro-Credentials for Building a Lifelong Learning Society

February 23, 2021
Video | Slide deck

Don’s presentation mapped the territory for diverse digital credentials in the context of 21st Century learning, including definitions, taxonomies and frameworks for micro credentials in use within higher education and industry and professional training. It included authentic examples drawn from global practice, not just in higher education but across the spectrum of lifelong learning, including TVET and adult education.

Putting the Pieces Together: Getting Started with Micro-Credentials in Global Perspective

March 9, 2021
Video | Slide deck

Don led a workshop panel of innovative practitioners that explored examples and case studies from North America, Europe and Africa.

The panel included:

  • Gwen Zeldenrust, co-chair of the Micro-credential Strategy at Mohawk College, Canada
  • Dominic Orr, adjunct Professor at University of Nova Gorica , and a member of the Management Team at the atingi.org learning platform, GIZ, Germany
  • Sarah Peake, Associate Dean, Flexible Learning at Humber College, Canada
  • Satu Järvinen, founder and CEO of SkillSafari.io, Finland

The panel focused on non formal and informal sectors, which comprise the bulk of labour in emerging markets. The workshop helped participants understand how these innovators moved their initiatives forward from idea to implementation, and in the process gave recognition to all forms of learning.

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation of the Commonwealth headquartered in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Working collaboratively with governmental and nongovernmental organizations and other institutions in the Commonwealth, as well as with international development agencies, COL has the mandate to promote the use of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.(Wikipedia)

Digital credential taxonomy
Excerpt from Workshop 1.