Summit Panelists: Competencies and Credentials as Currency


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Originally published at: https://www.saylor.org/2018/05/summit-panelists-competencies-and-credentials-as-currency/

What does a credential communicate? Changing how credentials are viewed and evaluated causes us to explore the underpinnings of any credential, degree, license, or certificate, and consider what is being assessed or communicated. Does a credential communicate knowledge, skills, competencies, experience, or time spent learning? Does more specificity/granularity hurt or help the credential holder? While OER isn’t the whole focus of this year’s conversation, the relevance of OER in credentialing and learning will become apparent as we explore the importance of learning outcomes over seat time.

Join us at the Summit on the Credentialing Economy to hear from these experts and more!

June 7-8, 2018 in Washington DC

John Dyer serves as the director of workforce and economic development for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He is the former Director of Community and Corporate Affairs at White Mountains Community College, in Berlin, New Hampshire, where he was responsible for the workforce, economic, and community development efforts of the college. He has served on a variety of local, regional, state, and national boards with a focus on workforce and economic development.

Daniel King is the CEO/co-founder of Accredible, a digital credentialing platform. Accredible’s credentials have benefitted individuals and entities: by allowing individuals to share their achievements and prove their credibility; helping organizations get their students hired, and assisting employers to find the right person for the job. Accredible hosts credentials for MIT, Cambridge University, Kaplan University, Google, Rosetta Stone, Udacity, Hootsuite, IAPP, UC Berkeley, and hundreds more.

Marc Singer is Vice Provost of the Center for the Assessment of Learning at Thomas Edison State University, responsible for Open Educational Resource and Competency-Based Education initiatives as well as prior learning assessment. Previously, Singer was Associate Director of Academic Initiatives at The College Board and a Test Developer and Program Administrator with ETS. Prior to that, he taught history and humanities at colleges in New Jersey and North Carolina. He is a late-stages doctoral candidate at Athabasca University.

David Wilcox is CEO and co-founder in 2003 of Global Skills Exchange. Formerly a research engineer, Director at Mercom Inc, owner of Wilcox Training Systems, and Executive Deputy Director of the National Skills Standards Board, David received a BSEE and MSEE from Syracuse University, holds an MS in Education from the University of Bridgeport, and pursued doctoral studies in Adult Education at Rutgers. He has authored numerous articles and holds patents in electrophotographic technology. In 2017, he was recognized for lifetime achievement by Who’s Who in America.