Reflecting on the Groningen Declaration Network Annual Meeting 2023

Reflecting on the Groningen Declaration Network Annual Meeting 2023

Reflecting on the Groningen Declaration Network Annual Meeting 2023

In today’s fast-paced world, continuous learning has become more important than ever before. Not only are technological advancements happening at an accelerated pace, but they’re also anticipated to reshape millions of jobs over the next decade, according to the European Commission. Because of this, individuals need to keep themselves updated with the latest skills and knowledge to stay competitive in the job market. 

But, how can educational institutions and university registrars motivate students to pursue continuous learning when learners don’t see the immediate value in doing so? Read on to find out how organisations across the educational realm are using digital credentials to support and motivate students along their lifelong learning journeys.

The most recent Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) Annual Meeting in Amman, Jordan, was not just another event in the calendar of global education. It was a significant step forward in our collective journey towards a more interconnected world of learning.

Held from October 16 to 19, 2023, this gathering marked a key moment in the enhancement of global data exchange to support both citizen and learner mobility.

A Gathering of Minds and Ideas

The GDN Annual Meeting has always been an important event for Parchment  where we get to engage with experts, thought leaders, and innovators from over 100 organisations where we share our experiences, learn from one another and lead dialogues on advancing capabilities, policies, and technical platforms crucial for efficient data exchange. The 2023 meeting in Amman was no exception, with participants eager to contribute to shaping the future of global education and Learner mobility.

Parchment’s Kevin Martin recently spoke about the benefits of the event – You can watch the video here:

Embracing a New Era of Inclusivity

A notable difference in this year’s meeting was the conference’s hybrid format. Amidst the growing tensions in the region, this inclusive format allowed for a wider international audience to participate, both in-person and virtually. This approach not only expanded the event’s reach but also enriched the discussions with a multitude of perspectives from across the globe.

Parchment’s Simone Ravaioli said of the event ‘It was a memorable event.  More intimate and extraordinary than usual, given the escalating situation in the region. In a way, the unfortunate humanitarian circumstances made one of the underlying themes of the event – “Refugees” – even more real.’

Digitary by Parchment: Leading Change

Digitary by Parchment, as a long-time patron and the premium sponsor of the event, played a crucial role in the success of the GDN Annual Meeting. Joanne Duklas, Executive Director of the Groningen Declaration Network, expressed her gratitude:

“Our thanks to our premium sponsor, Digitary by Parchment, for sponsoring the very successful GDN annual meeting in Jordan! Thank you to Simone Ravaioli, Kevin Martin, and James Murray-Beckman for their invaluable contributions in sharing sessions, remarks, and chairing panel discussions.”

 Looking Ahead: Key Insights and Future Prospects

The meeting’s discussions spanned a wide range of topics, including the latest trends in digital credentialing, data security, and learner mobility. These conversations underscored the importance of collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to continuous learning in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities in global education data exchange.

As well as chairing discussions on subjects such as Empowering People through Semantic Credential Transparency, we also had the opportunity to present our ideas around the future of credentialing. Our session, as well as many others, are free to view for all GDN Signatories. If you want to endorse citizen focused, privacy compliant data exchange principles that support mobility, we highly recommend signing up here .

As we reflect on the GDN Annual Meeting 2023, it’s evident that the future of global education and data mobility is bright. The collective wisdom and collaboration within the GDN community are invaluable assets as we strive to create a more connected, efficient, and accessible global education ecosystem.

A Beacon of Hope and Collaboration

The GDN Annual Meeting 2023 was more than just a gathering; it symbolized hope and the incredible potential of global cooperation in education. We are inspired by the insights, inspirations, and connections fostered in Amman and are eager to continue our journey towards a better, more interconnected world of learning and data exchange. 

If you would like to learn more about the great work the GDN do or if you’re looking to attend next year’s meeting, please feel free to reach out to us at hello@digitary.net

Digitary CORE Learner FAQs

Digitary CORE Learner FAQs

Digitary CORE Learner FAQs

In today’s fast-paced world, continuous learning has become more important than ever before. Not only are technological advancements happening at an accelerated pace, but they’re also anticipated to reshape millions of jobs over the next decade, according to the European Commission. Because of this, individuals need to keep themselves updated with the latest skills and knowledge to stay competitive in the job market. 

But, how can educational institutions and university registrars motivate students to pursue continuous learning when learners don’t see the immediate value in doing so? Read on to find out how organisations across the educational realm are using digital credentials to support and motivate students along their lifelong learning journeys.

 

Here at Digitary by Parchment, we strive to make accessing, sharing and verifying learner credentials as easy as possible. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from learners such as how to share and view your credentials.

If your question isn’t answered here you may find it has already been answered on our dedicated FAQ page. If you need further support, please feel free to reach out to us at support@digitary.net

Can I upload my own documents to Digitary?

By design, a learner cannot upload their own documents to the platform.

If you would like to have your documents available to you on Digitary CORE, so that you can access and share your document credentials with others, then you will need to have your documents issued to you by your Education Provider.

If your institution already uses Digitary CORE to issue document credentials to their learners, just reach out to them for help. You institution will be able to issue a document to you or guide you to access documents that may already be issued to you.

If your Education Provider does not currently issue documents via our platform (client list), then you will need to contact the university/organisation that you are applying to and ask them how else they may accept your documents.

Why can’t I see my documents?

If you don’t see your documents when you login, it may be because you did not register and log in to Digitary CORE using the method set by your Education Provider.

Your documents can be issued to either your university/institution login account or to an email address. Each of these will require a different login method.

How do you know which method to use?

When your document is issued to you, you will receive an email notification with instructions on exactly how to register and log in to Digitary CORE to view your document (also check your spam/junk folder for this email). Follow the link which will bring you to the correct page and follow online instructions.

If you are in any doubt about the login method required, or have not received an email notification, please contact your Education Provider.

– If you do not use the correct login method, you may not be able to see your document 
– If you have not received an email, your document may not yet have been issued to you and you will need to contact your Education Provider directly for further assistance.

I’m still waiting for my document to be issued, what can I do?

Only your Education Provider alone can decide when and which documents are issued to you, Digitary has no visibility into the status of your document issue.

If you have not received notification that your document has been issued, please contact your Education Provider directly.

My document content is not correct, who do I contact?

If your digital document contains any incorrect content such as incorrect grades or a name misspelled, please contact the Education Provider that has issued your document.

Institutions are solely responsible for uploading and issuing learner document credentials and will be able modify your documents if required. Digitary cannot amend a learner’s documents.

What are all the ways that I can share my documents?

There are four main ways in which you can share documents with third parties, all by generating a unique link to the document. There are a number of options available to you to make the process more secure.

Start from your document repository and click on the Share icon next to the document you’d like to share.

You can Share with:

  • Email – share to a specific email address, optionally add a secure PIN and/or a share expiry date
  • Organisation – securely share to an organisation on the global Digitary network
  • Public on the web Securely – create a unique URL to your document and add a PIN; anyone in possession of the URL and the PIN will be able to view your document
  • Public on the web – create a unique URL to your document; anyone in possession of the URL will be able to view your document

Email Share:


  1. This is the email address of the person you wish to share your document(s) with.
  2. Add a personal message to your email. The system will email the document URL together with your personal message to the share recipient.
  3. For increased security, you can optionally require the recipient to enter a PIN, together with their email, when accessing your document. You can choose your PIN or have one autogenerated for you, either way, your recipient will receive a separate email with the PIN.
  4. By default, shares do not expire. You can set an expiry date by clicking on this field
  5. Click to send the email notification and the email containing the PIN (if a PIN has been set) to your designated share recipient.

Organisation Share:

  1. In the Recipient field, start typing the name of the institution that you would like to share your document with; you’ll get a drop-down menu from which you can choose your institution.
  2. You can also choose to include an expiry date for your share.
  3. Click Share and from here you will see notification that your share has been sent.

The organisation to which you have sent the share will then see the share in their designated inbox on the Digitary CORE portal.

Note: If you do not see the Institution you would like to send your document to on the dropdown list, they may not be registered yet on the Digitary network, check with the institution.

Public on the web Securely:

  1. For this type of share, you must create a PIN of between 4-6 digits which you will need to communicate to your recipient separately.
  2. Optionally, you can also add an expiry date.
  3. Click Share.
  4. You can copy the unique URL and send in an email to whomever you choose.
    The recipient requires both the URL and the PIN to view your document.

    Public on the web:

    1. Optionally include an expiry date, beyond which, your document share will no longer be available.
    2. Click Share.
    3. Copy the unique URL to your clipboard where you can then paste into a private email or to your CV or LinkedIn profile page if you wish.
      Anyone in possession of the URL will be able to view your document.

    Digital Badges | Digitary Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions

    Digital Badges | Digitary Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions

    Digital Badges | Digitary Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions

    In today’s fast-paced world, continuous learning has become more important than ever before. Not only are technological advancements happening at an accelerated pace, but they’re also anticipated to reshape millions of jobs over the next decade, according to the European Commission. Because of this, individuals need to keep themselves updated with the latest skills and knowledge to stay competitive in the job market. 

    But, how can educational institutions and university registrars motivate students to pursue continuous learning when learners don’t see the immediate value in doing so? Read on to find out how organisations across the educational realm are using digital credentials to support and motivate students along their lifelong learning journeys.

    Digital Badges

    As education landscapes quickly evolve, digital badges have emerged as valuable and verifiable symbols of achievement. However, the accelerated growth of digital badges has been understandably coupled with some uncertainty from education institutions. 

    To unravel these mysteries, we’re answering some of the most frequently asked questions about digital badges and exploring how Digitary by Parchment empowers education providers to maximise their potential moving forward.

    Getting to know digital badges

    A digital badge is a type of digital credential that’s essentially an online representation of achievements or skills earned by a learner — often used in both educational and professional contexts today. They work by encapsulating metadata, such as issuer, criteria and evidence, to serve as digital proof of an individual’s competencies.

    What is an Open Badge?

    Open Badges are not only a type of digital badge, but also the world’s leading format for them. They’re designed with verifiability and portability in mind, encompassing specific details about an accomplishment and the actions taken by a learner to earn the badge.

    Why are digital badges on the rise?

    A recent report from 1EdTech and Credential Engine reveals that, as of today, there are 521,070 total badges worldwide that individuals can earn, and over 74,780,775 badges have already been issued — representing a 172% increase in total badges available and a 211% increase in issued badges from 2018. Some of the main factors contributing to the growth of digital badges include:

    • Increasing shift toward online learning.
    • Amplifying gamification in the education sector.
    • Rising digital transformation in institutions and organizations.
    • Growing emphasis on professional skills and development.
    • Introduction of blockchain technology with digital badges. 

    Are digital badges secure?

    Institutions can rest assured that digital badges utilise secure cryptographic methods to protect sensitive information and prevent tampering in online environments. This ensures the authenticity of a badge and the learning achievements it’s designed to represent.

    How do digital badges align with traditional accreditation and assessment processes?

    Traditional degrees and certifications remain incredibly valuable to learners. Digital badges aren’t meant to replace, but instead complement conventional credentials; all while offering a clearer overview of an individual’s specific skills and achievements within the existing assessment frameworks.

    How are digital badges leveraged in educational and professional settings?

    Because digital badges are flexible, portable and verifiable, learners can leverage them in virtually limitless ways. This might include sharing accomplishments on social pages for friends, family and professionals to see or using badges to elevate a resume and highlight specific competencies earned throughout their learning journey. 

    By introducing these credentials, education institutions ultimately enjoy increased marketability of their programs and a more granular view of student achievements. This helps schools attract a wider audience of learners and supports curriculum refinement.

    Are digital badges worth it? 

    The short answer is, yes. Digital badges are increasingly valuable for educational institutions, providing the following benefits as a result:

    • Enhanced program visibility and quality.
    • Improved student attraction and retention. 
    • More precise achievement assessment.
    • Better alignment with employer and professional needs.
    • Boosted student engagement, satisfaction and success levels. 
    • A strengthened competitive advantage in the sector. 

    Get started with digital badges

    According to a report from UPCEA and Pearson, alternative credentials are now offered by a staggering 94% of education institutions — with one in five offering digital badges. As digital credentials become increasingly indispensable in educational and professional realms, institutions can lean on the support of a reliable partner, like Digitary by Parchment, to introduce digital badging systems successfully. 

    Digitary is a leading digital credential platform that equips education institutions with the necessary tools to introduce digital badges effectively. Our solutions empower seamless implementation while enhancing credential security through blockchain technology, so your school can navigate the evolving digital badging landscape with confidence.

    If your institution is ready to take its next steps in digital credentialing, submit an enquiry to discover how Digitary can support your objectives.