KEYNOTE SESSION: Recognizing Knowledge and Skills in a Digital Age -- Don Presant (CTE772) Export this event to calendar

Monday, February 27, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Don PresantLocation: DC 1302 Notes: Open to faculty and staff (registration is required)


Description: New ways of working and new technologies are driving changes in how knowledge and skills are developed and recognized. Different alternative credentials are tracking these new learning models, with odd names such as eCredentials, micro-credentials and nanodegrees. Many of these new credentials are vendor-based inventions for proprietary advantage, but one important open standard for alternative credentials has emerged in recent years: Mozilla Open Badges. Open Badges are “smart” digital images that display human- and machine-readable information about the credentials they represent. Freed from paper and based on an open digital standard, Open Badges are eminently portable: learners can share them across systems and around the world. Since their debut in 2011, Open Badges have been adopted by educational institutions, professional and vocational organizations, and employers around the world because they provide increasingly better ways to recognize learning, especially learning that takes place outside a classroom. Open Badges can engage learners and make learning more visible, transparent, and modular. They have great potential to meet learning and recognition needs not well served by current credentialing systems and are already sparking new delivery models for institutions. This fast-moving presentation will frame and explore emerging Open Badge practices worldwide, using emerging research, case studies and innovative practices from innovators such as Open University, Penn State University, Deakin University, UBC, and IBM.

Presenter: Don Presant is President of Learning Agents, an award-winning provider of edtech solutions specializing in ePortfolios and Open Badges. In 2011, Don played a key role in bringing Mozilla Open Badges to the Moodle e-learning platform. Don brought Open Badges to the international ePortfolio and Identity Conference (ePIC 2012) in the UK, igniting a surge of innovation there that continues to this day. At ePIC 2016,  Don co-authored and helped launch the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration (, a call for a universal open architecture for the recognition of lifelong and lifewide learning achievements. Learning Agents hosts, a Canadian cloud service for Open Badges.

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DC - Davis Centre
Room 1302
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1