WCET's 29th Annual Meeting
Want Buy-In on Digital Credentials? Start with Faculty

Facilitator: , Director of Instructional Services, Northern Virginia Community College
Facilitator: , Director of Distance Learning, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The unbundling of higher education has given plenty of options for illuminating the competencies of our learners, be they students, staff, or faculty. Digital credentials, commonly referred to as digital badges, have merit. Yet, a number of issues raised in a 2012 Educause Learning Initiative “7 Things to Know” brief remain true. While digital credentials illuminate otherwise invisible talents and skills, “many details remain for badges to be broadly accepted as legitimate indicators of education, skill, or experience.” (ELI, 2012) Have you been to a panel where the panelists eventually become audience members? We aim to deliver that experience with an Unconference Panel. Panel organizers Luke Dowden and Preston Davis will share briefly their journey to understand and incorporate digital badges in their work. Then, they will flip the script and ask audience members to share their own ideas and experiences to incorporate digital credentials for faculty, staff, or students. #CredentialBuyIn