804 Making Sense of the New World of Digital Credentialing

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, October 2

Emerging Tech


More than four years have passed since the inception of the Open Badges experiment, and in that time the concept of digital badges has moved steadily into the general consciousness. As this novel idea continues to evolve, so do its many opportunities and challenges.   

Part technology, part conceptual approach, the digitization of representations of learning now touches upon such wide-ranging considerations as competency-based education and ePortfolios. IMS, a global, nonprofit standards organization, is working to make sense of these issues as they relate to education—from investigation into an extended transcript based on the Open Badges standard to the development of the currency framework that endeavors to define and highlight the value propositions inherent in digital credentials.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How the badging initiative has evolved into the digital credentialing movement
  • The broad definition of digital credentials, and why they’re increasingly valuable and meaningful
  • What role competency-based education is playing in the development and recognition of digital credentials
  • How IMS is helping to make sense of digital credentials—including badges

Novice to advanced designers, developers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Digital credentials.

Carla Casilli

Interim Executive Director, IMS Digital Credentialing

IMS Global Learning Consortium

Carla Casilli is the interim executive director of the IMS Digital Credentialing initiative and currently leads work focused on the development of an open- currency framework for digital credentials. From 2011 to 2015 she helped to spearhead the Open Badges movement, first at Mozilla as the director of badge system design and implementation and then at the Badge Alliance as the director of research and practice. Using the powerful lens of systems design, Carla investigates, writes, and speaks nationally and internationally about digital credentials, including Open Badges.

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