The Value of Digital Badges in the Education Sector

The Value of Digital Badges in the Education Sector

The Value of Digital Badges in the Education Sector

As the tech revolution in education continues, and learners pursue more flexible and accessible learning opportunities, the way students demonstrate the achievement of academic milestones is changing. In the education sector today, digital badges, also called open badges, are quickly emerging as one of the most popular alternatives to traditional credentials — providing a simpler, more efficient system to display an educational accomplishment. 

With a digital badging system, higher education institutions can offer learners a more flexible format to acquire knowledge — promoting higher engagement and supporting their unique lifelong learning journey.

Read on to learn more about digital badges and the benefits and potential uses of these micro-credentials for higher education institutions moving forward.

Trends in Educational Technology

As the tech revolution in education continues, and learners pursue more flexible and accessible learning opportunities, the way students demonstrate the achievement of academic milestones is changing. In the education sector today, digital badges, also called open badges, are quickly emerging as one of the most popular alternatives to traditional credentials — providing a simpler, more efficient system to display an educational accomplishment. 

With a digital badging system, higher education institutions can offer learners a more flexible format to acquire knowledge — promoting higher engagement and supporting their unique lifelong learning journey. Read on to learn more about digital badges and the benefits and potential uses of these micro-credentials for higher education institutions moving forward.

What are digital badges?

Before taking a closer look at the true value digital badges can bring to the higher education sector, it’s essential to understand what they are and the intention behind them. Digital badges in education are essentially electronic symbols used as micro-credentials to declare and document achievement or skills mastered in different learning settings. This digital badging system has become a credible way for learners to establish portfolios and express knowledge — ultimately used in both academic and professional settings.

Why are higher education institutions adopting digital badging?

As higher education institutions navigate unprecedented learning environments and stiff competition, they’re constantly in pursuit of strategies that not only remove barriers to academic achievement for learners but also provide the flexibility needed to keep student achievement, engagement and enrolment elevated across the long term. As a result, digital badges have been increasingly introduced as a powerful technique to accomplish these institutional objectives while promoting lifelong learning along the way.

The digital badges market in the education sector is ultimately being driven by key factors including:

  • The rise of eLearning and distance education: eLearning and distance learning opportunities have shown significant growth over the last decade, which was only accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The increased adoption of online learning: Global disruptions also lead to an expedited adoption of online learning methods, along with the digital tools needed to promote successful outcomes. 
  • The growing demand for greater accessibility and flexibility: Learners across the globe are in pursuit of learning opportunities that allow them to individualise their education and complete work at their own pace.
  • The trend toward gamification: Gamification is being widely introduced as a strategy to improve learner engagement. This includes reward systems, such as open badges, to drive learner motivation, engagement and satisfaction long term. 

According to Valuates Reports, the global digital badge market is projected to reach $365.1 million by 2028 — growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.1% from 2022 to 2028. This emphasises the anticipated longevity of micro-credential-based digital badges in the education sector. 

 

Potential uses of digital badging in higher education

A digital badge system can inevitably help unify the representation of successful learning outcomes in higher education. A purposeful and comprehensive system can introduce learners to new pathways toward academic achievement and serve as a catalyst for these students to explore additional educational experiences. 

While open badge use is anticipated to grow in popularity in institutions across the globe, it’s important to note that standards are still being developed to promote consistency with the implementation and recognition of skills — whether soft skills or technical skills. This means higher education institutions should keep micro-credentials’ potential value in mind, alongside what they can offer today. 

As universities experiment with digital badging strategies, here are a few possible opportunities for these micro-credentials:

  1. Assessment

The badge system provides a valuable framework for consistency with courses and evaluations. Digital badges, by nature, are used to certify the assessment and skill mastery of learners. However, well-designed badges can also provide a form of assessment for institutions to gauge what learners are interested in and engaging with most — aligning learning goals with outcomes.

  1. Peer review and feedback 

Institutions can leverage open badges to generate valuable peer discussion feedback. This may, for example, become a fundamental badge course component to encourage communication while learners progress. Furthermore, digital badges can be used to monitor student performance, where institutions or instructors can provide individualised feedback — promoting improved outcomes moving forward.

Earned micro-credentials are also easily shared over social networks. Learners benefit from the opportunity to share their academic achievements with friends, family and their professional network, while institutions inevitably reach a wider audience with authentic endorsements. 

  1. Professional development

As the popularity and use of digital credentials and open badges continue to grow, potential employers can use them to validate skills and knowledge. Higher education institutions can leverage badges as a tool to teach soft skills such as communication, time management and problem-solving — which will prove highly valuable for students as they enter the professional workforce. 

Considering an SHRM report stating three out of  four employers say they have a hard time finding graduates with the soft skills their companies need, prospective students may be eager for  this opportunity for professional development, especially alongside evidence. 

 

The benefits of digital badges — for both learners and institutions

With the growing use of digital badges in higher education institutions across national networks, several key parties stand to benefit as a result. Digital badging systems aid learners by:

  • Providing recognition for acquiring a new skill or completing an online course.
  • Allowing a potential employer or hiring manager to easily see and verify competence.
  • Motivating students to develop new skills.
  • Encouraging lifelong learning with opportunities for continued education and professional development.

As institutions introduce micro-credentialing strategies, students also have the unique opportunity to share any digital badge of competency with ease. This is not only a bonus for communications with alternative institutions and potential employers but also loved ones who can see digital badges that are shared on their social media sites.

While open badges and micro-credentials provide clear advantages to learners, higher education institutions are another key beneficiary of these solutions. By introducing this modern credentialing strategy, institutions can:

  • Provide more flexible learning opportunities: Digital badges, and micro-credentials as a whole, are helping institutions offer alternative pathways to academic achievement. This not only supports unique learning needs, but also improves accessibility. As a result, institutions can drive enrollment — particularly amongst international students who might require more flexible learning options.
  • Promote greater student mobility: As higher education universities progressively introduce micro-credentialing approaches for student learning, they’re ultimately promoting student mobility long term — where an open badge or digital credential has the potential to be recognised by another higher ed institution. 
  • Drive student engagement and motivation: Badges awarded for knowledge and specific skill acquisition can have a positive impact on intrinsic motivation — considering a study from Forbes that found the introduction of open badges drove engagement and motivation in learners. 
  • Improve course completion rates: A digital badging system’s inherent flexibility, along with the potential to improve learner engagement, will help institutions drive course completion rates moving forward. 
  • Keep pace with competitors: In an increasingly digital world, higher education institutions are in need of advanced technological solutions to keep pace amid fierce competition. 

Introducing systems for digital credentialing with ease

The major shifts in the education sector in recent years have required higher education institutions to evolve to effectively accommodate these new forms of learning and workforce needs. In fact, research from Educause found that 13% of universities are actively engaging in the digital transformation — with 32% of these institutions working to develop a digital transformation strategy. With these trends projected to continue, it will be essential for higher education institutions to consider how digital technology can refine their processes and reputation.

Digitary by Parchment supports  education institutions in their pursuit of robust digital solutions by enabling millions of people to share their verified digital credentials and academic achievements online — securely, quickly and easily. Working with over 150 leading institutions across the globe, solutions from Digitary by Parchment are designed to help legitimate education providers give their learners an unparalleled experience.

Learn more about how Digitary CORE solutions can help your institution keep pace with digital trends in the education sector or submit an enquiry to get started.

GDN 2022 — How Digital Credential Networks Support International Learner Mobility

GDN 2022 — How Digital Credential Networks Support International Learner Mobility

GDN 2022 — How Digital Credential Networks Support International Learner Mobility

Trends in Educational Technology

The Groningen Declaration Network is an international, nonprofit and voluntary network of organisations and individuals created to empower digital student data portability. With the expansion of digital technology and remote learning, and the growing need for flexibility and mobility within the learner experience, the GDN now consists of participants and signatories from over 29 countries worldwide. Network participants envision that students and learners across the globe should be able to digitally consult and share their authentic educational data with whomever they want, whenever they want, wherever they are located. 

Each year, the Groningen Declaration Network aims to support the academic and professional mobility needs of individuals worldwide by bringing together stakeholders at its Annual Meeting.

The Groningen Declaration Network is an international, nonprofit and voluntary network of organisations and individuals created to empower digital student data portability. With the expansion of digital technology and remote learning, and the growing need for flexibility and mobility within the learner experience, the GDN now consists of participants and signatories from over 29 countries worldwide. Network participants envision that students and learners across the globe should be able to digitally consult and share their authentic educational data with whomever they want, whenever they want, wherever they are located. 

Each year, the Groningen Declaration Network aims to support the academic and professional mobility needs of individuals worldwide by bringing together stakeholders at its Annual Meeting.

The GDN Annual Meeting, 2022

At the GDN Annual Meeting, stakeholder representatives from over 100 organisations gathered to share, learn and lead discussions on strategies aimed at streamlining the exchange of authentic, autonomous educational data — with the expectation of fair recognition. The 2022 meeting, held October 12-14, centred on the themes of:

  • Learner centricity.
  • Interoperability.
  • Lifelong learning. 

These ultimately highlight the interdependence of three key issues associated with digital credentialing solutions: All of which must be met to make digital learner data portability a global reality. 

 

How digital credential networks support international learner mobility

Kevin Martin, Higher Education, General Manager at Parchment, discussed some of the trends surrounding digital credentials in higher education today and how digital credential networks can support international learner mobility. 

Kevin explained that, in the face of the pandemic, education institutions and educators needed to shift from in-person platforms of teaching, learning and graduating to online platforms. And unfortunately, there’s been an increase in socioeconomic inequality because of a lack of access to virtual learning platforms. 

This means vulnerable learners, including  students escaping situations like war, rely on documents like transcripts, diplomas and certificates as tools for rebuilding their lives and regaining a sense of autonomy. Concurrently with the pandemic, wars and conflicts are making it difficult and nearly impossible for learners to access credentials relevant to their prior learning.

Over the last 10 years, these effects have been largely seen in:

  • Syria.
  • Afghanistan.
  • Ukraine.

And, the affordability and the cost of studying abroad continue to be important considerations for international students. While studying abroad can offer a high-quality education, cultural and social experiences and a route to a better job, international education is one of the single largest investment decisions for many students due to the:

  • High cost of tuition.
  • Rising cost of living.
  • Unfavourable currency exchange rates.

According to Research.com, the costs of attending a private and public university today are close to $48,510 and $21,370, respectively. This represents an increase of roughly 25% at private universities and about 30% at public universities since 2012.

 

Support for international learners today

Today, there are several significant projects, partnerships, companies and initiatives that are scaling academic and professional records exchange across the globe. Here are a few examples to note:

GDN 2022

  • Through the ARUCC MyCreds™ | MesCertifMC National Network, Canadian colleges and universities are providing credential wallets tolearners, giving them 24-7 access and helping them securely send their documents, badges, micro-credentials, transcripts and parchments — anytime, anywhere.
  • My eQuals, managed by Higher Education Services (HES), is the official tertiary digital credentials platform for the Australian and New Zealand higher education sector, students and verifiers.

 

At Digitary by Parchment, our globally trusted online platform — launched in Dublin, Ireland, in 2005 — is now used by employers, education providers and government agencies in over 125 countries. Digitary CORE helps institutions and organisations verify the authenticity of degrees, transcripts and other academic records online. 

However, to build toward a united future, standards need to be set. Organisations that will play a critical role in casting the vision for, and standards of, academic credentials include:

 

How credential innovation empowers learners 

New Credentials have emerged to provide a fuller picture of a learner’s capability — representing the breadth of what learners know and can do as a result of their learning. This has led to tremendous innovation in credentials, including: 

  • Academic transcripts.
  • Diplomas.
  • Certificates.
  • Badges.
  • Comprehensive Learner Records.

Institutions are quickly and increasingly partnering with organisations like those mentioned earlier to create new pathways, communicate more content and make these credentials actionable for learners. 

 

What to expect moving forward

Kevin also spoke about how the emergence of digital credentials has been creating a culture of recognition, and the next step is to put those credentials to work.GDN2022

This means, employees will need to learn new skills as demand moves from physical and cognitive to more technical and socialisation skills, and employers are progressively utilising skills-based hiring. Because of this, there’s an even greater need for skills data. Digital credentials will become the building blocks for both job seekers and employers as the marketplace for skills and technology becomes more sophisticated. 

Given the compelling need to work together and the increasing use of digital technologies, the global collaboration surrounding these initiatives is more valuable than ever to: 

  1. Continue to build national networks.
  2. Bridge these national networks to ensure that we have interoperable systems built to inform and empower greater student mobility.

By connecting national networks and providing access to equitable, interoperable systems that enhance learner mobility, institutions can adequately support international learners — particularly the most vulnerable populations in our localities, countries and the world. 

 

Continued support from partners like Digitary

Digitary by Parchment is a GDN patron organisation with a like-minded belief that learners should be able to access and share their digital credentials, including certificates, transcripts, diploma supplements, Higher Education Achievement Reports (HEARs) and more, securely and easily.  

Digitary CORE (Certified Online Records Exchange) is a leading secure online platform for certifying, sharing and verifying digital academic credentials worldwide. Our platform is ultimately designed to empower learners on their lifelong learning journey while supporting higher education institutions in pursuit of providing an unparalleled student experience. 

Discover more about how Digitary’s solutions support interoperability and learner centricity or submit an enquiry to get started.

Trends in Educational Technology — How Learning and Data Are Evolving for More Effective Results

Trends in Educational Technology — How Learning and Data Are Evolving for More Effective Results

Trends in Educational Technology — How Learning and Data Are Evolving for More Effective Results

Trends in Educational Technology

Education technology as an industry has seen exponential growth in recent years, and as technologies continue to evolve and organisations become increasingly reliant on these solutions, the expansion of EdTech is only expected to progress. In fact, a recent market analysis report from Grand View Research highlights that the EdTech industry was valued at almost $90 billion in 2020, with a projected growth rate of 20% year over year through 2028.

As the educational technology market expands, higher education institutions are increasingly in search of the top trends they should consider implementing or prioritising. With state-of-the-art technology becoming widely available and increasingly crucial in the education sector, here’s everything you need to know about EdTech, the top trends to consider introducing and how this ultimately benefits both learners and educational institutions along the way.

Education technology as an industry has seen exponential growth in recent years, and as technologies continue to evolve and organisations become increasingly reliant on these solutions, the expansion of EdTech is only expected to progress. In fact, a recent market analysis report from Grand View Research highlights that the EdTech industry was valued at almost $90 billion in 2020, with a projected growth rate of 20% year over year through 2028.

As the educational technology market expands, higher education institutions are increasingly in search of the top trends they should consider implementing or prioritising. With state-of-the-art technology becoming widely available and increasingly crucial in the education sector, here’s everything you need to know about EdTech, the top trends to consider introducing and how this ultimately benefits both learners and educational institutions along the way.

 

What is educational technology?

Before diving into the main technology trends within the educational domain, it’s vital to understand what exactly this technology is. Educational technology, or EdTech, refers to the combined use of computer hardware, software, and educational theory and practice to facilitate learning. Simply put, it’s the practice of introducing IT tools into the education sector to foster a more engaging, inclusive and individualised learning experience.

Why is EdTech important?

These digital tools are becoming a significant factor in providing students with the flexibility, access, personalisation and information they need to succeed. In fact, a report from Brookings found evidence indicating that technology can accelerate student learning when it’s used to scale up access to quality content, facilitate differentiated instruction, increase opportunities for practice and review or improve student engagement. These advanced solutions can also serve as an important supplement to learners’ coursework — driving student achievement even further.

Top technology trends in the education sector today

Higher education institutions are intent on seeing their students succeed. However, in today’s modern education system, that might require implementing the technology trends that are giving other universities a powerful competitive advantage. If you’ve been on the search for educational technology trends that can benefit learners, educators and the institution at large, here are some of the key tools to consider:

Online learning

Online learning has quickly become a new staple within the learning process — which was unquestionably accelerated by the pandemic. However, as digital tools continue to evolve and daily routines return to normal, the fact remains that online learning is here to stay. Online learning, often used interchangeably with eLearning, blended learning, distance learning and virtual learning, is a method of education whereby students learn in a virtual environment. This enables students to engage with an academic institution and other students despite geographic location while providing greater flexibility as they work towards a degree or certificate.

Digital credentials

Another example of these emerging trends involves education institutions introducing verified digital credentials. Digital credentials are essentially the digital equivalent of paper-based credentials — which are tamper-proof and can be verified cryptographically. This trend aims to make the issuing, sharing, accepting and verifying of credentials simple and secure for learners, institutions and other third parties. Learners can even collect verified digital diplomas, digital certificates or digital badges they’ve earned in a digital wallet — which can be easily accessed when needed.

Student analytics 

When it comes to the learning process, education institutions and educators have quickly found that utilising robust data and analytics is a key factor in driving student achievement. Learning analytics rely on the pillars of researching, tracking progress and analysing data — ultimately helping institutions make more intelligent decisions with the collected information. This data-driven trend offers a number of valuable benefits including:

  • Improving the quality of learning and teaching.
  • Helping educators measure a learner’s growth and predict academic success.
  • Identifying students at risk of failing or dropping out — empowering institutions to intervene before it’s too late.

SSI 

Self-Sovereign Identity, or SSI as it is commonly known, is an approach to digital identity that gives individuals control of their digital identities and personal data. This new trend has a few main elements to note:

  • SSI credentials are verifiable anytime, anywhere.
  • Personal data is decentralised.
  • An SSI solution aims to eliminate the need for multiple passwords.

This digital trust solution ultimately enables the sharing of data in a new, controlled and trusted way. Not only does SSI benefit learners, but institutions can expect to see a number of advantages as well. An advanced SSI solution can help universities increase efficiency, improve security and trust, increase user control, lower costs and, maybe most importantly, mitigate the risk of fraud. Implementing strategies to reduce fraud and increase security as digital identities and remote learning expands will prove essential, considering the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) found the education industry ranked 5th out of 23 different industries for reported fraud.

Gamification

For institutions looking to increase student engagement, gamification is a leading educational technology trend that can quickly elevate the learning experience. In fact, statistics from Zippia show that 67% of students agree that gamified learning is both more motivating and engaging than traditional classes. Gamification essentially refers to applying game-like mechanics to educational content where students can engage with the learning material — ultimately reducing fatigue and disinterest. Institutions that implement gamification also typically utilise award systems in the form of digital badges, to encourage engagement even further — where learners can leverage these “awards” to their advantage in the future. 

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)

A number of higher education institutions have also started introducing opportunities for AR and VR to enhance their learning environment. Augmented reality and virtual reality aim to transform the classroom into a more interactive and immersive experience. These digital tools can help universities:

  • Engage learners’ senses.
  • Allow students to view environments and learning material in a new light.
  • Provide a more enjoyable learning experience.
  • Make complex topics and subjects seem more approachable.

AR and VR investments within the educational domain are anticipated to be significant in the coming years considering 97% of students claim they would like to study a VR course, per statistics from The App Solutions. In fact, VR in education alone is predicted to be a $700 million industry by 2025.

The benefits of utilising educational technology

These emerging trends likely represent the tip of the iceberg of how educational technology will be able to flip a traditional classroom into a more engaging and immersive learning experience. While introducing new digital tools in higher education certainly requires work and effort on the part of the institution, along with its educators, the results speak for themselves. Utilising educational technology and advanced solutions can provide valuable benefits including:

  • Introducing improved accessibility: The evolution of digital tools and solutions in the educational domain has led to a significant improvement in accessibility. Not only can learners access content 24/7, but it also removes the barrier of geographic location from the equation altogether — so students can learn from anywhere, anytime. 
  • Offering students greater flexibility: A growing desire for learners is the flexibility to learn when and where they see fit — considering all students learn and interpret information differently. Leveraging emerging technological trends enables students to learn at their own pace and tailor courses to their capabilities.
  • Helping educators and institutions stay organised: Managing content, data, analytics and credentials can be a daunting task for educators and institutions. Introducing improved solutions for collecting, tracking and reporting this valuable information can quickly streamline the process for management and future use.
  • Having a wider range of materials at your disposal: With the vast array of educational technology that’s available today, taking advantage of these tools can offer students options to choose what’s best for their unique learning needs — which ultimately leads to more successful academic outcomes.
  • Providing an enhanced experience for students: As new tools are introduced into the educational domain, the ultimate goal of institutions stays the same: promote student learning, provide the best experience possible and drive learning success. This overarching theme is true across these emerging technological trends, which aim to elevate the learning experience by giving students the exact tools they need to succeed.
  • Implementing personalised learning opportunities: All learners are different, and new educational resources are opening the door for educators and students alike to tailor learning plans for a more personalised experience. Modifying learning paths and offering the opportunity for students to work at their own pace is an effective way to support unique learning journeys.
  • Improving instructor productivity and efficiency: Overall, digital tools are a valuable option for educators to achieve new levels of productivity, expand learning opportunities for learners and increase student support and engagement. They streamline the process for both instructors and learners to upgrade learning experiences and improve the chances of academic success.

Leveraging advanced technology in the education sector with Digitary 

If your institution is ready to implement some of the most valuable trends in digital tools and emerging educational technology, Digitary can help. With an understanding that learning is a lifelong journey, Digitary aims to facilitate this progress while helping education providers give their learners an unparalleled experience.

Digitary CORE is a secure online platform that enables the world’s leading institutions, employers and government agencies to certify, issue, accept and verify academic credentials worldwide. While simplifying this process for third parties, learners also benefit from a streamlined process for sharing their digital credentials online quickly, securely and easily. This trusted credentialing solution makes verifying and managing official documents simpler than ever. Within the platform, digital credentials provide users with greater control, mitigate fraud and increase efficiency and credential management overall.

Digitary has been a trusted partner for over 150 leading institutions globally, helping education providers streamline some of their most arduous processes and promoting student success. If your organisation is ready to leverage powerful solutions such as digital credentials and SSI, contact us today for more information to get started.

IHEA Members Taking Advantage of Exclusive Membership Savings on My eQuals Implementation

IHEA Members Taking Advantage of Exclusive Membership Savings on My eQuals Implementation

IHEA Members Taking Advantage of Exclusive Membership Savings on My eQuals Implementation

IHEA Members Live on My Equals

Higher Ed Services (HES) and Digitary are thrilled to welcome a number of new members of the  Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA), the peak body representing independent higher education providers in Australia to the My eQuals community, as part of an agreement between My eQuals and IHEA to offer exclusive membership savings. 

“IHEA is pleased to partner with My eQuals to assist our members to engage with the official tertiary credentials digital platform for the higher education sector in Australia. By signing up to the My eQuals digital tertiary credentials platform, IHEA members receive a discount plus the benefits of speed and productivity in accessing verified qualification documents, increased trust in authenticity of student records, and a greater ability to meet student expectations of immediacy and accuracy of support.” says Dr Peter Hendy, CEO of Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA).

Member Benefits Supporting Institutions with My eQuals Solution Implementation

Higher Ed Services (HES) and Digitary are thrilled to welcome a number of new members of the  Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA), the peak body representing independent higher education providers in Australia to the My eQuals community, as part of an agreement between My eQuals and IHEA to offer exclusive membership savings. 

“IHEA is pleased to partner with My eQuals to assist our members to engage with the official tertiary credentials digital platform for the higher education sector in Australia. By signing up to the My eQuals digital tertiary credentials platform, IHEA members receive a discount plus the benefits of speed and productivity in accessing verified qualification documents, increased trust in authenticity of student records, and a greater ability to meet student expectations of immediacy and accuracy of support.” says Dr Peter Hendy, CEO of Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA).

IHEA Members Live on My eQuals

 

Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

As Australia’s leading provider of specialist undergraduate degrees in the related disciplines of sport, dance, health, business, and physical education, it was ideal to implement My eQuals to offer their learners with anytime access to digitised academic credentials for work readiness.

“ACPE are proud to have joined the My eQuals community in 2022, with the ability to issue digital credential documents and badges to recognise our students qualifications, skills and competencies. The My eQuals solution aligns with our objectives of having ACPE students becoming the best version of themselves and through My eQuals by being able to present the best version of themselves with their earned credentials. The My eQuals and Digitary teams have been extremely supportive in setting ACPE up to issue through the My eQuals platform and we look forward to continuing to work closely together ongoing.” says Debbie Le Roux, CEO, Australian College of Physical Education.

ACPE is passionate about adopting digital technologies for the purpose of supporting students in a modern learning environment and sees My eQuals as a strong solution to enable their goals.

 

Avondale University

Avondale University, a leading not-for-profit provider of tertiary education, were keen to join the My eQuals community to be able to offer their students digital access to their official academic records. Enabling them to access and be recognised wherever they are in the world for further study and employment opportunities.

“Avondale University joined the My eQuals community recently and we are looking forward to being able to digitally issue our students with their credentials that can be accessed and recognised anywhere in the world. The My eQuals and Digitary teams were very supportive during our implementation, and we are excited to empower our students with a recognised digital experience upon graduation.” says Kevin Petrie, Vice-Chancellor and President, Avondale University.

Avondale University offers undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational (VET) courses across Arts, Business, Teaching, Nursing, Ministry and Theology and Outdoor Leadership. 

 

Christian Heritage College (CHC)

When My eQuals was conceived it was to support a learners life-long learning journey. Christian Heritage College (CHC), passionately believe that their course offerings are not just about gaining a degree or a specific skill set for future employment (as important as these are) but, rather, the development of the whole person. By implementing the My eQuals solutions and enabling 24/7 access to digital academic achievements, CHC is enabling students and graduates to be able to showcase their whole self.

“Christian Heritage College is proud to join the My eQuals community and is looking forward to using My eQuals to offer our students digital access to their official academic credentials, that they can access anywhere and be recognised wherever they are in the world for further study and employment opportunities” says Jacqueline Greentree, Director of Quality and Standards, Christian Heritage College (CHC)

As a member of IHEA, CHC was able to take advantage of the greater cost savings for their participation due to the agreement between My eQuals and IHEA, with the implementation  helping to improve processes and student experience. 

 

Governance Institute of Australia

Through the membership agreement with IHEA, Governance Institute of Australia implemented the My eQuals solution, offering their community of 43,000 governance and risk management professionals access to their official digital academic credentials, competencies, and achievements, anywhere around the world. 

“The team was very helpful and gave us all the training needed to ensure a smooth transition into understanding the workings of administering My eQuals for our graduating students. All training was clear and concise,  overall an easy streamlined customer focused group who like to work with you to ensure a successful implementation. We are looking forward to using My eQuals for the first time in the coming weeks and we are confident we feel supported by the team to ensure a smooth run.” said Belinda Prentoski​, Senior Administrator, Governance Institute of Australia.

As the only Australian provider of chartered governance accreditation, Governance Institute of Australia offers a range of short courses, certificates and postgraduate study to help further the knowledge and education of the fast-growing governance and risk management profession. This made My eQuals the perfect solution to offer their members with anytime access to their digitised awards and certificates.

 

International College of Hotel Management (ICHM)

International College of Hotel Management’s (ICHM) focus on the learning of tomorrow to create industry ready graduates with the skills, networks and hands on experience they need, was what drew ICHM to the My eQuals solution, being able to offer their students the tools to hit the ground running.

“ICHM are excited to have joined the My eQuals community in 2022, to enable our students to be recognised with their earned credentials and have access immediately so that they can hit the ground running into employment with the recognition of skills and hands on experience provided by ICHM. As a participating institution on My eQuals, the ability to provide secure digitally certified credentials that can be accessed and recognised wherever they are, helps ensure our students are receiving a valuable digital experience at ICHM.” says Kellie Lumsden, Head of ICHM, ICHM.

With the newly implemented My eQuals solution ICHM will also issue to their COVID affected cohorts so that the last 2 years of students will get a My eQuals record. 

 

Marcus Oldham College

For Marcus Oldham College, My eQuals had been on their radar for some time. As an independent Higher Education institution the opportunity became an option for the institution through their membership with IHEA. The ability to have a way for students and graduates to be in control of their official academic records, and who they share it with, fit very well with the College’s student-centered approach to teaching and learning. 

The implementation process ran very smoothly with input from our Director of Teaching and Learning Governance Heather Davis, IT Manager Scott Vanderkley and Student Support Officer Cathy Bell, working closely with the My eQuals team to set up a system that works specifically for our needs.“ says Andrew Baker, Principal, Marcus Oldham College.

Not only was the ability for students to have easier access to their achievements a big draw card but also using banking-level digital security to assure validity, security and privacy for personal information contained in each record was also important for the College, as a measure of their commitment to high standards of academic and corporate governance. From a workload perspective, they expect to save a lot of time by being able to automate the production of interim and final transcripts at the end of each year, and now they have the added opportunity to securely provide official digital testamurs and College prizes.

My eQuals is reinventing how awards, achievements and other credentials are shared in education by putting students at the center of the experience. The My eQuals platform has been widely adopted by tertiary education institutions in Australia and New Zealand making it possible for learners to access official digital academic credentials, competencies, and achievements securely and easily from anywhere around the world.

 

About My eQuals

My eQuals is the official tertiary credentials digital platform for the higher education sector, students and verifiers. It is a Pan-Pacific solution providing easy, secure access to certified, official qualification records for Australian and New Zealand universities and their learners.

My eQuals was conceived in 2015 in response to the need for higher education institutions to have an easy and secure place to issue and manage official credentials for their students and graduates. It also recognised the need for those learners to have an easy and secure place to view and share the same credentials in a way that they could be easily verified by employers, recruitment professionals and verification agencies. For further details visit: www.myequals.edu.au

About Digitary

Digitary was launched in Dublin, Ireland in 2005, and has grown to become the leading online platform for certifying, sharing, and verifying academic credentials. Learner-centric since the very start, Digitary enables millions of learners to access their verified achievements and to share them with others securely, quickly, and easily. Digitary is now used by organisations in over 135 countries. For further details visit www.digitary.net 

About Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA)

IHEA represents the majority of Australia’s registered and accredited independent higher education providers. Their membership includes independent universities and colleges with campuses across Australia. IHEA members educate students in a range of disciplines including Law, Engineering, Agricultural Science, Architecture, Business, Accounting, Tourism and Hospitality, Education, Health Sciences, Theology, Creative Arts, Information Technology and Social Sciences. For further details visit www.ihea.edu.au 

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AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT:

Dr Peter Hendy, CEO, Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) – peter.hendy@ihea.edu.au 

Scott Clayton, Operations Manager, Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) – scott.clayton@ihea.edu.au 

Jay Segeth, My eQuals Program Director, Higher Education Services (HES) – jsegeth@hes.edu.au

Daniel Hibbert, Commercial Director, Digitary – daniel.hibbert@digitary.net

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Matthew Coote, Communications Manager, Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) – matthew.coote@ihea.edu.au 

Karen Hanna, My eQuals Communications Manager, Higher Education Services (HES)  – khanna@hes.edu.au

Marni MacGilp, Higher Education Portfolio Marketing Manager, Digitary – marni.macgilp@digitary.net 

Recognising Top Trends In International Student Recruitment

Recognising Top Trends In International Student Recruitment

Recognising Top Trends In International Student Recruitment

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International students are integral for education institutions and evolving technologies are opening the door for connections far and wide. In fact, there were over 6 million international students in 2019 alone, with Australia, the U.S. and the UK, who received 33% of those individuals.

As opportunities for students to learn internationally continue to grow, so have the strategies to recruit these international learners. Read on to discover the top trends in international student recruitment and how education institutions can benefit as a result. 

Recognising Top Trends In International Student Recruitment

International students are integral for education institutions and evolving technologies are opening the door for connections far and wide. In fact, there were over 6 million international students in 2019 alone, with Australia, the U.S. and the UK, who received 33% of those individuals.

As opportunities for students to learn internationally continue to grow, so have the strategies to recruit these international learners. Read on to discover the top trends in international student recruitment and how education institutions can benefit as a result. 

Significant trends in international student recruitment for institutions to consider

Here are a few of the top trends to improve international student recruitment for higher education institutions to consider:

Implementing greater opportunities for online learning

As a result of COVID-19, online learning has experienced significant growth in recent years — leading to a rapid shift in how education is delivered. This has not only opened up a new market of possible students for institutions and education providers, but also created valuable opportunities for aspiring international students that might not be able to afford the experience otherwise.

Introducing micro-credentialing

Offering micro-credentials has also helped foster successful results for institutions trying to recruit international students. These learners are increasingly in search of flexibility, affordability, micro-credentials and shorter programs that provide an entire pathway to a career — which can require small steps at a time.

Utilising valuable data and analytics

Institutions are increasingly leveraging robust data and analytics to enhance their recruitment strategies. This typically involves utilising platforms that offer comprehensive data to help universities make more intelligent decisions surrounding international programs and markets to target — as well as what approaches will be most effective. Introducing systems that offer data and analytics will prove integral moving forward, as three leading universities released a joint statement claiming analytics can “save higher education.”

Instituting verified digital credentials

Digital credentials, or tamper-proof credentials online that can be verified cryptographically, represent an essential trend in international student recruitment. These credentials not only benefit all learners by allowing them to securely share their academic and official documents with third parties, but they might be even more of a boon to international learners. Introducing digital credentials in your institution can help international students in situations such as earning course credit at other institutions or ensuring their foreign degree can be acknowledged at alternative universities.

The benefits of improved institutional recruitment

Implementing top trends for international student recruitment is a powerful way to elevate your international enrolment, but you might be wondering why your organisation should put in the time and effort. Overall, international students are an incredible boon to higher education institutions, providing benefits such as:

  • Increasing their revenue: International education is a key factor in generating revenue — from purchasing online courses to spending money on and off-campus — emphasising the need for universities to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Fostering a diverse campus environment: As higher education institutions improve their international student recruitment, they’re creating a diverse environment for learners. This offers students authentic opportunities to explore different cultures, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives throughout their own educational journey.
  • Improving their reputation: Both an increase in revenue and impressive academic growth are likely to improve your organisation’s reputation — leading to a greater chance of recruiting the brightest students no matter where they’re located.

Leveraging top trends in international student recruitment with Digitary

If your organisation is ready to introduce strategies to recruit students far and wide, Digitary can help. Digitary aims to support students on their life-long learning journeys — and international students are no exception.

With the Digitary CORE platform, your institution can leverage credentialing solutions to elevate the learning experience for both future and current international students. Learn more about how Digitary CORE solutions in the education sector can improve your international student recruitment or contact us to get started.

Enhanced Student Experience with 24/7 Global Access to Digital Credentials

Enhanced Student Experience with 24/7 Global Access to Digital Credentials

Enhanced Student Experience with 24/7 Global Access to Digital Credentials

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Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute launch digital credentials for learners on My eQuals.

Higher Ed Services (HES) and Digitary are thrilled to welcome Bendigo Kangan Institute (Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute) to the My eQuals community.

As one of their key strategic goals to digitally enable operations by 2025, Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute is excited to empower learners with access to their secure digital qualifications, anytime, anywhere, through the My eQuals platform.

With over 20,000 enrolments and one of Victoria’s largest providers of apprenticeship and traineeship training, My eQuals will save the institutions significant time in processing and issuing qualifications, enhancing the student experience by empowering learners to share their verified credentials and qualifications.

Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute launch digital credentials for learners on My eQuals.

Higher Ed Services (HES) and Digitary are thrilled to welcome Bendigo Kangan Institute (Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute) to the My eQuals community.

Read on to learn more about this fantastic partnership.

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