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

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. 

How Institutions Are Leveraging AI in Education To Support Learners

How Institutions Are Leveraging AI in Education To Support Learners

How Institutions Are Leveraging AI in Education To Support Learners

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.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) holds considerable potential to address some of the most pressing challenges in the modern educational space. This includes enabling personalised learning experiences, automating administrative tasks, innovating teaching practices and facilitating data-driven insights to enhance student performance — to name a few.

However, accelerated technological developments are accompanied by inherent risks and challenges — outpacing policy debates and regulation frameworks — that organisations will need to consider throughout AI tool adoption. 

With this in mind, we’re exploring the value, and drawbacks, associated with AI solutions in an educational setting to help you determine if this tech is the right direction for your institution.

The growth of AI in the higher education sector  

AI in higher education (i.e., the utilisation of artificial intelligence technologies to enhance different aspects of the learning experience) has witnessed accelerated adoption and use in the past few years. In fact, according to a report by Global Market Insights, AI in the education market is predicted to exceed $80 billion by 2030. This expedited growth is attributed to a few main reasons:

  • Advancements in AI technology, such as improved algorithms and increased computing power, have enabled accessibility and educational integration.
  • Digital data and the ability of AI to process and analyse this information are increasingly available, opening up new possibilities for data-driven insights to inform educational practices. 
  • Institutions believe AI can help address complex challenges in the sector, all while providing more personalised learning and efficient administration.

These driving factors are quickly fueling growth as educators seek to improve both the learning experience and student outcomes. As AI continues to evolve and new applications emerge, the higher education industry will likely witness further exploration and integration of these technologies.

Key uses of AI adoption for your institution 

A study from IDC and Microsoft covering 509 higher education institutions found that nearly all respondents (99.4%) believe AI will be instrumental to the university’s competitiveness in the next few years. With the primary goals of boosting student results, enabling the future workforce and driving innovation, let’s take a closer look at how an educational institution can leverage artificial intelligence for success:

  • Personalised learning: An AI-powered learning platform has the functionality to analyse student data to deliver customised content, adaptive assessments and recommendations that collectively tailor the learning experience to a student’s individual needs — supporting long-term engagement and performance. 
  • Intelligent tutoring systems: To supplement traditional classroom instructions, universities are progressively turning to virtual tutors and chatbots for support, providing learners with real-time help, answering questions, offering explanations and guiding them through complex subject matter more successfully. In fact, a survey from Intelligent revealed a shift in tutoring resources, with 75% of respondents reporting they preferred ChatGPT as an educational tool to relying solely on human tutors.
  • Predictive analytics: Institutions can leverage an AI algorithm to analyse student data and predict student performance. This opens the door for educators and organisational leaders to identify at-risk students and consider intervention strategies early on, promoting higher retention rates and academic success. 
  • Automated grading and feedback: With the help of AI, teachers and administrators can introduce systems to automatically grade objective assignments. This is a great option to not only provide students with instant feedback but also save instructors valuable time — giving them the space necessary to focus on the human-centric aspects of the job. 

Considering the potential drawbacks of AI in education 

From teaching and learning to admissions and grading, AI systems are infiltrating higher education. But, as the potential and use of this tech grows, more questions and concerns are being raised at the same time. Widely speculated shortcomings of cutting-edge technology in higher education include:

  • Privacy and security concerns: Because AI implementation requires the collection and analysis of a massive amount of learner data, there are increasing security concerns about possible data privacy issues, security breaches or even the misuse of sensitive information. 
  • Ethical factors: Some of the largest barriers to AI adoption are ethical questions regarding data usage, algorithm bias and the possibility of automation replacing human interaction. This has quickly led to sector-wide anxieties about the equity, fairness and overall impact of new tech on higher education. 
  • Cost and resource constraints: While the benefits of AI tools can be promising, implementing them often requires a significant financial investment for universities. The required infrastructure, software and training costs of introducing solutions effectively can be challenging for institutions with limited budgets and resources. 
  • Lack of standardisation and best practices: The growth of AI may be explosive, but it’s still a relatively new addition to the field of education. As such, it’s no surprise that the rapidly evolving nature of this tech has made it challenging for agencies and institutions to keep pace with establishing standard practices, guidelines and benchmarks for ethical use and quality assurance. 

Future-proofing your institution with digital solutions 

Ultimately, AI technology for the education industry demonstrates a clear potential to revolutionise the teaching and learning experience, while posing a unique set of challenges that will require attention and consideration along the way. However, the projected growth of these solutions indicates that AI isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. With proper planning and a balanced approach, teams can leverage AI tech to achieve organisational goals while empowering students to succeed. 

As your institution embarks on its digital transformation journey, digital credentialing solutions like Digitary by Parchment can play a pivotal role in supporting and promoting your online strategies. Our platform enables learners, institutions and employers alike to issue, manage and verify digital credentials with ease — while ensuring authenticity and accessibility. With decades of experience providing credentialing support to leading institutions, you can promote transparency, enhance employability prospects for learners and enable lifelong learning opportunities. 

Ready to embrace the digital age and strengthen learning experiences with help from Digitary? Submit an enquiry today to get started.

How Digital Badges Are Used in Higher Education and Professional Workplaces Today

How Digital Badges Are Used in Higher Education and Professional Workplaces Today

How Digital Badges Are Used in Higher Education and Professional Workplaces Today

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.

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In today’s ever-evolving educational and professional landscapes, traditional methods of assessing and recognising educational achievement are not the only option to empower learners. Credentialing technology in the form of digital badges is emerging to enhance and augment the conventional learning experience — whether in a classroom or the workplace. 

Boasting versatility, portability and shareability, these competency-based credentials are quickly gaining traction as a powerful means of certifying and showcasing accomplishments. To uncover this innovative approach to flexible and continuous education, we’re taking a closer look at digital badging and how organisations are taking steps to harness the potential of these solutions. 

Taking a look at the growing digital badges landscape

Digital badges, sometimes referred to as digital credentials, provide organisations with a meaningful way to recognise and verify a learner’s specific skills or accomplishments — all in a portable format that can be easily shared online. An individual badge encompasses more than a mere visual image or logo; in reality, it’s a dynamic and portable icon embedded with learners’ verified data. This qualifying information includes:

  • The badge issuer.
  • The location and method of earning a digital badge.
  • A detailed description of the specific skill, achievement or competency met.
  • Links to multimedia artefacts (e.g., websites, images or documents).
  • Expiration dates and continuing education information (if applicable).

Key drivers of digital badge expansion

Systems for digital badging in both the educational and professional realms are on the rise, putting a spotlight on the true value of lifelong learning and continuous professional development. In fact, market research from Valuates Reports revealed that the global digital badges market is set for massive growth, with experts estimating it to reach a value of $365.1 million by 2028. This accelerated progress can be attributed to:

  • Increasing demand for more personalised, accessible and flexible learning opportunities.
  • Intensifying calls for digital learning via various online platforms.
  • Fast-paced advancements in technology and, in turn, greater potential for digital badges.
  • Growing recognition and acceptance by institutions and employers.

While there’s no shortage of the types of competencies that a digital badge might represent, examples include anything from data analysis and programming languages to leadership and teamwork, cybersecurity and project management. By arming badge earners with a tangible and verifiable certification of a specific learning achievement, organisations can more effectively empower learners on their unique, lifelong educational journeys. 

Common use cases of digital badges today

Let’s consider how digital badges are used in the education sector today: While credentialing technology provides concrete evidence for student achievement, digital badging systems can be leveraged strategically to ensure personalised educational opportunities. This boosts the overall learning experience and drives organisational recruitment and retention. 

The University of Central Oklahoma, for instance, introduced digital badges as a tool to combat the growing lack of soft skills in the workforce — focusing on topics like professional communication, business etiquette and reputation management. According to a University Professional and Continuing Education (UPCEA) and Pearson survey of 190 institutions, one in five educational institutions offers digital badges today. What’s more, 94% of the organisations profiled provide alternative credentials, which will likely drive the continued growth of digital badging moving forward. 

In the professional world, an employer can utilise badges to verify the skills and competencies of job candidates and existing employees, not to mention facilitating ongoing professional development long-term. Professional learners can then easily share achievements through the integration of badges into online job platforms, social media and professional networking sites or company-specific systems. Leading global brands, including IBM and Salesforce, have already adopted digital badges to certify employee expertise, as more and more companies embrace skills-based hiring and learning programs. This is not only reinforcing a culture of lifelong learning but helping convert relevant industry knowledge into verifiable educational credit.

The value of digital badges for institutions, learners and employers

As employers and educational institutions increasingly introduce systems for digital badging, there are several key benefits that stakeholders can anticipate as a result:

  1. Learners receive enhanced visibility of their achievements and competencies, allowing them to display a more holistic profile of their expertise on demand. 
  2. Students can take advantage of digital badge portability, making it simple to share and showcase credentials across platforms and social media.
  3. Educational institutions have the opportunity to meet growing demands for more flexible and accessible learning environments with credentialing solutions. 
  4. Employers can implement more efficient talent evaluation; improving the chances of a proper job fit in the hiring process and revealing workforce skill gaps for existing employee development. 
  5. Organisations can enjoy the assurance of expertise with authenticity and verification built into digital badges.

The culmination of these distinct digital badging benefits helps teams across professional and educational environments to promote a better overall learning experience and foster a culture of continuous education. 

Introduce Open Badges with help from Digitary 

As digital badging continues to grow, educational institutions and professional workplaces hold a remarkable opportunity to bridge the gap between conventional learning and the escalating need to showcase validated certification and skills, quickly and easily. Incorporating credentialing technology that supports micro-credentialing strategies can help your organisation fortify its future by empowering learners and augmenting its attractiveness as a result. 

Digitary by Parchment provides trusted credentialing solutions enabling the world’s leading institutions, learners, employers and government agencies to certify, issue, accept and verify academic credentials worldwide. You can drive your micro-credentialing strategies and help learners tell their complete story with Digitary Badges, powered by an open-source digital badge platform. 

If your organisation is ready to meet the evolving needs of learners today while empowering individuals along their unique lifelong educational journeys, submit an enquiry today to get started. 

 

The Unexpected Benefits of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) for Higher Education Institutions

The Unexpected Benefits of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) for Higher Education Institutions

The Unexpected Benefits of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) for Higher Education Institutions

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.

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Today, amid the continued digital transformation of learning, higher education institutions are increasingly implementing digital solutions to effectively streamline and upgrade the processes they have in place. As reliance on advanced technology continues to grow rapidly, there’s an increasing need for digital trust solutions, particularly self-sovereign identity (SSI)

SSI helps with privacy-preserving features, giving learners control over their own data and data security. With this in mind, we’re taking a closer look at the unexpected benefits learners can experience as a result of SSI technology. 

Understanding self-sovereign identity in higher education

Self-sovereign identity is a growing approach to digital identity that gives individuals control of their digital identities and personal data. Organisations are beginning to leverage SSI as a powerful strategy to establish trust in online interactions, especially as digital credentialing grows and technology continues to evolve and change the way we communicate. 

How are SSI and VCs affecting higher education today?

The development of SSI has been accompanied by advances in Verifiable Credentials (VC), which is an open technical standard that enables tamper-evident digital credentials that can be cryptographically verified. These technological innovations are shifting the access and sharing paradigms for credentials, through the use of digital wallets. 

These digital wallets will serve as valuable containers for everything learners will need to share in their academic and professional careers, from transcripts to micro-credentials and degrees. By keeping VCs in their digital wallets, they can save time and ensure verification, which inevitably eases the burden on higher education administrators, too. 

By introducing digital trust ecosystems based on SSI principles and Verifiable Credentials., institutions can support learners in accessing and sharing data in a new, controlled and trusted way. Not only can learners share their academic credentials and accomplishments with institutions and potential employers across the globe, but also with loved ones on social media. The growing desire for more privacy, control and agency by learners, is driving institutions and employers toward the implementation and adoption of  SSI technology. As a result of introducing SSI solutions, all key parties stand to enjoy a host of benefits moving forward.

 

The benefits of SSI for key parties — institutions, learners and employers:

Institutions:

  • Supporting the admissions process: In the educational domain today, there are two distinct admissions processes for international and domestic students, and overseas students have a particularly demanding process to navigate. With the introduction of VCs and an SSI ecosystem, these processes can be effectively aligned as it becomes considerably easier for students from anywhere in the world to share their academic credentials and for institutions to verify them.
  • Improving the learner experience: Only half of university students believe the education they’re receiving is worth their tuition, according to Qualtrics. This highlights a critical gap in what students are looking for and what higher education institutions are able to offer them. Fortunately, leveraging advanced digital solutions — SSI technology, issuing VCs and using digital wallets — is a considerable step in the right direction, providing learners with the security, agency, control and accessibility needed to elevate their overall learning experience. This inevitably helps attract potential learners while retaining the valuable students you already have in the long term. 

Employers:

  • Streamlining employment processes: According to a survey conducted by Intelligent, 57% of employers verify education credentials to ensure applicants have the right knowledge and qualifications for the position. However, this can be incredibly difficult for employers to validate and for learners to effectively show exactly what they’ve accomplished over the years. With VCs and an SSI framework in place, individuals can share the specific trustworthy credentials that are applicable to the job opening and as a result, employers can more easily access and verify this information.

Learners:

  • Improved security: Within an SSI framework, personal data is decentralised and encrypted, giving students ownership of their information and control over its security. This makes it more secure for students to share this information directly with an institution and mitigates the opportunity for cyberattacks. 
  • Upgraded control and consent: Because SSI gives you ownership over an identity piece, learners can control what parts of their identity to share. This introduces the possibility for learners to avoid sharing personal information they’re not comfortable with — such as age, gender, ethnicity etc. — when applying for further study or future jobs. 
  • Increased learner agency: Introducing VCs and SSI solutions is also a critical step toward fulfilling learner agency. Learners establish control and own their connections with issuers and verifiers which enhances cross-border mobility and interoperability between systems.

Introducing SSI and digital credentials with Digitary CORE

The growth of digital credentialing and SSI technology within higher education institutions is quickly empowering students to take control of their unique learning journey and assert claims to third parties through progressive and deliberate disclosure — while considerably simplifying and streamlining processes for institutions and other key parties along the way. 

If your organisation is ready to introduce advanced digital solutions to relieve the burden on valuable team members and elevate the student experience, Digitary by Parchment can help. Digitary is a leader in digital credentials, providing an online platform for certifying, sharing and verifying academic credentials. This enables millions of learners to share their digital credentials online quickly, securely and easily, while institutions and their registrars reduce credential fraud, improve service levels and increase their overall efficiency. 

To learn more about Digitary CORE or our approach to digital credentials and SSI, submit an enquiry today.

Empowering Personal Development: Introducing Digital Badges and Verifiable Credentials

Empowering Personal Development: Introducing Digital Badges and Verifiable Credentials

Empowering Personal Development: Introducing Digital Badges and Verifiable Credentials

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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.

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 accelerated growth of digital credentialing in education

Digital credentials — typically issued by educational institutions, training providers or professional organisations — are more granular and flexible ways of representing an individual’s full scope of capabilities, compared to traditional degrees and certifications. 

According to the State of Digital Credentials report from Accredible, there’s been a notable increase in the number of credentials issued to learners in recent years. This swift growth is generally attributed to the convenience, portability, stackability and security that verifiable digital credentials offer learners, which give them a better opportunity to present a full picture to third parties of who they are and what they’ve accomplished. 

The value of lifelong learning

It’s critical for organisations in the education sector to motivate students to engage in continuous learning to help them stay relevant, skilled and adaptable in an ever-changing job market. As a matter of fact, Talent Accelerator reports that 82% of employees and 62% of HR directors believe there’s a need for workers to reskill or upskill at least once a year.

Persistent learning gives individuals the necessary skills to succeed in their field and role while helping to foster personal growth, enhance critical thinking abilities and promote innovation. Education providers are well suited to meet the increasing demands for continuous education, and by doing so, they can help students thrive in their careers and become lifelong learners. 

Let’s take a closer look at how higher institutions and university registrars can use digital credentials to encourage continued education among learners of all ages.

4 ways digital credentials can promote continuous learning

Here are four ways that organisations across the education sector can use digital credentials to influence learners to pursue a continued education:

  • Offer digital badges for course completion: Digital badges are visual representations of achievements, skills or knowledge that individuals can earn by completing a course or specific learning objective. Badges can be displayed on students’ online portfolios or shared on social media. Giving learners a tangible reward and recognition for their efforts — that can be easily shared and verified as needed — is an effective way to improve engagement, retention and motivation.
  • Provide personalised experiences: Simply put, a one-size-fits-all approach to learning doesn’t work. With digital credentials, organisations can provide tailored learning experiences that are tailored to each student’s individual needs and interests. This might involve customised learning paths or individualised feedback to help them recognise the immediate value of pursuing lifelong learning. 
  • Introduce credentials for non-degree programs: Just as a universal approach to learning isn’t the best option for every learner, neither are traditional, full-degree programs. As an alternative, institutions and registrars can consider digital credentials for non-degree programs, such as workshops or short courses. This offers a more flexible learning experience, allowing individuals the opportunity to earn credentials for specific skills — without committing to a full-time degree plan. 
  • Create a digital credentialing program: Organisations can also implement digital credentialing programs to provide students with a clear path toward their learning goals. With programs typically including a variety of courses to earn niche credentials, learners can complete relevant short courses and demonstrate a broader range of skills and knowledge. This is a surefire way for individuals to maintain a competitive edge in an increasingly cutthroat job market.

While it’s clear that digital credentials are a powerful motivator for students to pursue education long-term, organisations need trusted partners and solutions that can help them take advantage of digital credentials effectively — and Digitary by Parchment can help. 

The Digitary by Parchment approach to digital credentials

Digitary by Parchment has provided the support needed by leading institutions across the globe with the Digitary platform, which promotes digital credentialing solutions and supports implementing micro-credentialing strategies in institutions through open badges. 

With Digitary by Parchment, your institution can take advantage of digital credentialing and badging solutions to:

  • Engage candidates in continuous learning.
  • Deliver a high-quality learning experience.
  • Make training and education more accessible.
  • Motivate and encourage alumni to return and re-skill.

In an ever-changing job market, digital credentials are the lifelong human capital currency that opens doors for learners. Ready to empower students of all ages on their lifelong learning journeys with digital credentials? Submit an enquiry to get started.