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SXSWedu 2014

Enabling Stackable Credentials: The Future is Now

Today more than ever, learning occurs anywhere, everywhere, and throughout our lives. We acquire skills and knowledge from an ever-growing diversity of sources--academic, social, formal, and informal. This new, expanded learning ecosystem necessarily means credentials related to documenting learning are evolving too. In addition to degrees, badges, certificates, credit for prior learning, and other forms of validation are gaining greater awareness and acceptance.

To maximize education and career opportunities, learners and employers seek to link experiences together in a way that presents a more complete and detailed picture of skills and knowledge. Join Parchment, Open Badges, the American Council on Education (ACE) and Western Governors University to gain an overview of the spectrum of alternative credentials emerging today.

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  1. What alternative credentials are emerging and in what ways might they be particularly critical in serving non-traditional learners and underserved populations?
  2. As learning occurs in more places through a diversity of credits, credentials and badges; to what degree might learners manage their own credentials and put the data to work connecting them with the education or employment opportunities that they seek?
  3. What is the value of these alternative credentials when colleges are not yet accepting them and employers may not know what to make of them? How does use value and exchange value get established and will they become a viable alternative to traditional learning?



Susan West, Director, Parchment

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Achievement Gaps & Educational Equality
  • Level: Beginning
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