1EdTech Europe Summit 2020 Agenda (Day 3)

Progress with 1EdTech Digital Credentialing and Open Badges in Europe

Monday, November 23

Leading the Pack: How employers and educators are using digital credentials to support learners and workers through the COVID crisis and get ready for the economic reboot.

In the morning sessions, we look back at the last eight months, where digital credentials helped learners and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 1EdTech members will discuss their practical solutions and case studies with you. We'd like to hear from you what barriers might we face in delivering effective solutions to the crisis and what conditions would need to be in place to overcome them.

After lunch, we are focusing on questions like (1) What are the benefits of using these standards for digital credentialing? (2) Which one to choose? and (3) How do 1EdTech members use these standards currently and what are their needs for the future? We will take you through the roadmap and have some 1EdTech members share their use cases and insights with you. We will end with a panel with industry leaders to look at the future of digital credentialing.




All times listed are in Central European Time1:00

Morning session - How organizations are using digital credentials to support learner workers through the COVID crisis


Welcome - Slides - Recording

By Nynke de Boer - Program Director 1EdTech Europe


Introduction - Navigating the future of digital credentials & responding to the COVID 19 Crisis - Slides - Recording

By Tim Riches - Founding Director at Navigatr

Update on trends in badges and digital credentialing and introduction to the key themes of the day.


Why an awarding body that is over 140 years old is making the move from paper-based certificates to digital credentials - Slides - Recording

By Kirstie Donnelly MBE - Chief Executive Officer at City & Guilds Group

City and Guilds awards over 2 million qualifications each year in the UK.  In this session, Kirstie Donnelly will share her insights into the future of qualifications, how new technologies are driving change in the sector, and reflect on the role Open Badges can play in supporting learners and workers through the COVID 19 crisis.


Groups discussion

Smaller breakout groups for attendees to meet and discuss


1EdTech Europe member Lightning Talk

Getting into the next job - how digital credentials can help temporary workers - Recording

By Monica Trippodo - Research & Development IQC srl for C-Box®, Franco Chiaramonte - Consultant at Forma.Temp and
Laura Origlia - Project Manager Education at Randstad HR Solutions srl

The Italian Public Fund has launched a new project to recognise workers leaving temporary employment using digital credentials. This project is addressed to the thousands of employment agencies in Italy that provide requalification training to temporary workers.  

The objectives of this project are to introduce the electronic record as a personal database to keep together all the information related to people’s competencies, to standardize a model to represent people skills acquired through training and job experience, and to facilitate the match between supply and demand of skills.

In our lightning talk, we will share with you the impact that this project had on the lives and work of some of our clients, especially during COVID-19.


1EdTech Europe member Lightning Talk

Cities of Learning UK - Slides - Recording

By Rachel Carter - Lead of Cities of Learning at Future Creators, Deana Ward - Operational Lead of Cities of Learning at Future Creators and Ed Hart - Program Lead at Real Ideas

Future Creators and Real Ideas have been breaking new ground by applying a rigorous standard to writing badges to use in informal place based learning settings. They have used open badges in extra-curricular education settings, informal learning provision and employability work with young people. Rachel Carter, Deana Ward and Ed Hart will talk about some examples from their work in the Cities of Learning pilot projects in Brighton and Plymouth. They will show how badges have helped to highlight the crucial skills young people develop outside the classroom and the pathways this can set them on in their journeys to employment.

12:25 Closing words
12:30 End of the morning session


Afternoon session - Benefits of using the OpenBadges and CLR standards



By Nynke de Boer - Program Director 1EdTech Europe


Introduction - Benefits of using the Open Badges and CLR standards - Slides - Recording

By Sara Arjona Téllez - Software Engineer at Moodle

We've heard a lot about several standards, such as OpenBadges or CLR... but what are the benefits of using them? Why should our institution or company follow any digital credentials standard instead of creating something from scratch? This overall session will try to answer these questions. Besides, it will share some tips to know how to get up to speed on OB and CLR standards and make the right decision about when using them.


1EdTech Europe member Lightning Talk

What is the value of selfie badges? - Slides - Recording

By Eric Rousselle - Chief Executive Officer at Open Badge Factory

Most badges issued today are created by organisations to recognise badge earners for skills and competences that the badge creators value. This normative approach works for organisational contexts (talent and competence management and tracking, recruitment, certification, etc.) but it doesn’t work for recognising individual skills and achievements that employers haven’t anticipated. Let’s imagine that you’re an Open Badges expert. It’s highly improbable that you would find an existing “Open Badges Expert” badge that accurately describes your skills and achievements. So if you really want to be recognised for your particular expertise you should be able to claim it by creating your own “selfie badge” and have that claim validated. But what is the value and credibility of a selfie badge?

In our presentation we present the selfie badge functionality of Open Badge Passport and how our users have been using it. We also demonstrate how endorsements can make self-claimed badges highly valuable for both individuals and organisations.


1EdTech Europe member Lightning Talk

Edubadges: issuing digital certificates, based on the Open Badges standard, to students in the Netherlands - Slides - Recording

By Frans Ward - Specialist IT Research & Delivery at SURF

Edubadges is the open source, digital certificates platform for the Dutch education community. Edubadges enable all Dutch higher education institutions to award students or workers with evidence of knowledge and skills they have acquired.

Students expect convenience and freedom of choice to study what they want, where they want, in their own time and at their own pace. Not just during their studies, but afterwards too. By issuing Edubadges we offer them the flexibility they are looking for. The Edubadges are linked to a new institution-wide identity, eduID, which will remain available after graduation and will last a lifetime.

In this presentation SURF will describe the national approach to use open badges in education and how the Edubadges service can make Dutch education more flexible and students and workers more mobile.


1EdTech Europe member Lightning Talk

Extending and adopting Digital Credentialing standards - Slides - Recording

By Matteo Bertazzo - Product Owner at MY OPEN BADGE

Standards are fundamental for Digital Credentials: they allow user empowerment (ownership, portability), digital transformation of processes, enable interoperability between educational institutions, and are essential to achieve the critical mass necessary to support new models for lifelong learning.

The Open Badges standard provides an extension mechanism to meet the specific needs of an issuer or a specific context. An example is the "projects" extension that is currently under development.
When dealing with use cases in different contexts, however, it is important to provide the user with the type of digital credential that best enhances his or her results or skills: the most suitable one based on the communication channel, context, or objectives (e.g. verification, recognition).

This lightning talk will describe a "multistandard" approach in which a "credential" can be assigned in the form of several "digital credentials" that rely on different standards.


Group discussion - Moving Digital Credentials  forward in Europe

Discuss with your peers on what barriers we are facing and what we can do collectively to overcome them to  support learner workers in Europe.


The Infinite Game of credentialing - an ecosystem play to win at global recognition - Slides - Recording

By Simone Ravaioli - Director Strategic Partnerships at Digitary

14:55 Closing words
15:00 End of the afternoon session