WCET 2017

Denver, Colorado

Changing the Game: Moving from Adaptive to Adaptable Learning

10/26/2017  - 11:00 a.m. - noon

The growing use of adaptive learning has led to significant questions about “walled garden” courseware, data-informed multiple learning paths, and what is needed to create a more integrated and adaptable ecosystem. Moving from adaptive to adaptable learning presents greater flexibility to better support institutional, departmental, and faculty goals to improve educational outcomes. An adaptable system could be reconfigured easily by faculty as they experiment and learn what works for students. This has a direct impact on student success and retention. In a cohesive, extensible adaptive learning environment, the seamless integration of multiple technology systems and learning tools is the linchpin to success. Ideally, campus and third-party systems work together in concert leveraging open standards to provide a better experience for students and instructors, while ubiquitously leveraging multiple data points to inform the learning flow. This session will explore how creating an adaptable learning ecosystem lays a foundation for moving from adaptive technology to an adaptable teaching and learning experience.
Panelists: Dale Johnson, Adaptive Program Manager, Arizona State University; Niki Bray, Assistant Professor, University of Memphis; Samantha Birk, HED Institutional Program Manager, 1EdTech Consortium

Credential Transparency: Clearly Articulating Value to All Stakeholders

10/25/2017 - 2:15-3:15 p.m.

What makes credentials valuable, how does that value vary for different stakeholders, what constitutes quality, and how are credentials connected to each other and to opportunities for the people who have earned them? Lack of transparency on these critical points is causing confusion and mistrust among educational institutions, learners, and employers as credentialing ecosystems rapidly evolve to meet the needs of our knowledge economy. Credential Engine, 1EdTech, and others are collaborating to provide practical approaches and open standards for improving credential transparency. Credential Engine is a non-profit organization providing the open-licensed Credential Registry, Credential Transparency Description Language, and search application WorkIt. 1EdTech is a non-profit member collaborative developing open standards for educational technology interoperability, including Extended Transcripts and Open Badges. Together we can help educational institutions improve the communication of competencies in their credentials; learners make decisions about which credentials to pursue; employers signal what credentials they endorse; and government agencies promote valuable, relevant credentials.
Panelists: Deb Everhart, VP, Design and Innovation, Learning Objects; Jeanne Kitchens, Associate Director, Center for Workforce Development, Southern Illinois University; Mark Leuba, Vice President, Product Management, 1EdTech Consortium