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  • How MOOCs are enabling exploration of credentials and assessmentHow MOOCs are enabling exploration of credentials and assessment
    In its continuing journey to enhance student experience, Adelaide is exploring specific requirements related to assessment and credentials in the open learning space – particularly in the context of enabling open learners to build on their informal learning. Dr Katy McDevitt, Program Manager, AdelaideX, University of Adelaide, shares exclusive insight into how AdelaideX is enabling exploration of credentials and formative assessments in the open learning space.
  • How can universities design assessment and credentials to produce work-ready graduates? How can universities design assessment and credentials to produce work-ready graduates?
    Establishing credentials for students has emerged as a critical way to ensure graduates are work-ready once they finish university. But it’s far easier said than done, especially in light of major changes in pedagogy and student expectations. How can universities align the approach to building credentials and assessment with students’ needs and ensuring employability at the same time? In this article, James Arvanitakis, Dean, Graduate Research School Western Sydney University, discusses what factors need to be addressed to establish credentials that are effective and have real value in the student experience. 

  • How Curtin University develops the assessment & accreditation roadmapHow Curtin University develops the assessment & accreditation roadmap
    As universities focus on developing assessment and credentials to produce work-ready graduates, it’s the design of their internal roadmap that could make all the difference in terms of linking graduate attributes to a credentialing approach. Ahead of Innovation in Assessment & Credentials, we spoke to Kim Flintoff, Learning Futures Advisor at Curtin University, to find out how the university is addressing new opportunities to assess students and roll out credentials that align with their learning objectives.

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  • Seven major universities plan to create the University Learning Store, a joint web portal for microcredentials, featuring online content, assessments and tutoring.Seven major universities plan to create the University Learning Store, a joint web portal for microcredentials, featuring online content, assessments and tutoring.
    Traditional colleges have been mostly on the sidelines for the early development of online microcredentials or badges -- the kind that aren't linked to conventional courses and the credit hour. Educational technology companies and other alternative providers have taken the lead in working with employers on these skills-based credentials.
  • Seven lessons learned from implementing micro-credentialsSeven lessons learned from implementing micro-credentials
    Micro-credentials provide an opportunity for educators to engage in rigorous, self-paced, job-embedded professional learning that is connected to the daily skills teachers need in their classrooms. This new wave in professional learning provides a way for teachers to earn recognition for the skills they acquire through formal and informal learning opportunities, to personalise their professional learning that meets their needs, and to take what they learn and apply it to their classrooms. 
  • Micro-credentials offer universities an opportunity to bridge skill gapsMicro-credentials offer universities an opportunity to bridge skill gaps
    Higher education leaders are pondering how to make bite-sized, low-cost learning opportunities available to students in different ways. Working adults who change jobs and careers frequently often don't need to go through an entire degree program to learn different skills. However, they do need a flexible way to earn credentials that are recognized by employers and that demonstrate their ability to apply the skills they learn.
  • Formative and summative assessments in the classroomFormative and summative assessments in the classroom
    Assessment is a huge topic that encompasses everything from statewide accountability tests to district benchmark or interim tests to everyday classroom tests. In order to grapple with what seems to be an over use of testing, educators should frame their view of testing as assessment and that assessment is information. The more information we have about students, the clearer the picture we have about achievement or where gaps may occur.