Meet Student and Employer Demand for 21st Century Skills and Workforce Ready Employees
Set your institution apart as one that recognizes the changing landscape of higher education and the importance of access to education in a variety of formats.
Globally, the lack of employee candidates with the necessary high-demand 21st century technical or “soft” skills that match the needs of employers is causing students to question a traditional education. This, coupled with the challenges facing higher education, is escalating the need for an immediate response. Universities oftentimes address these important employment-ready skills as embedded content in general education courses, but both learners and employers have a hard time connecting the dots given the lack of intention, explicitness, and transparency to make them relevant.
Optimizing the use of digital micro-credentials as a mechanism for addressing the problem at hand creates an opportunity for response in credit, non-credit, course-embedded and stand-alone implementation models that not only provide a meaningful learning experience for students, but also the digital documentation of achieved and mastered skills, in a format that can be shared with employers. The intentional design of this approach builds confidence in learners to express these skills in job applications and interviews, while also signaling to employers the talent pool with the demonstrated and needed abilities for a particular job role.
Our two expert presenters share a successful deployment of a digital micro-credential strategy, built upon a 21st century skill framework established from seven years of university, college, learner, and employer-informed work. They will challenge the misconceptions or lack of understanding about what a “badge” or digital micro-credential is and the purpose of these in education and workforce marketability.
You will understand the ways that digital micro-credentials can be used to identify educational competencies that connect directly to employer-requested skills and have access to a framework for addressing the 21st century skills in your institution and proven models for deploying innovative programs.
As a result of participating in this online training experience, you will be able to:
- Recognize the highly competitive global market and the key elements that make badging, micro-credentialing, and stackable credentials so valuable – provide the vital advantage that allows students to market their skill achievement and subject matter mastery to secure or further their careers.
- Anticipate industry standards transforming micro-credentialing, badging, and stackable credentials – identify educational competencies that connect directly to employer-requested skills and enhance the educational and career opportunities for your graduating students.
- Foster relationships and partner with local, national, and global industries to create a digital badge curriculum to meet high demand 21st Century technical and “soft” skills – provide a meaningful learning experience for students and the digital documentation of achieved and mastered skills, in a format that can be shared with employers.
- Create equalizing opportunities for diverse students and those seeking to enhance their current skill set to “upskill” for a competitive edge – build confidence in learners to express these skills in job applications and interviews and signal to potential employers their demonstrated talent and abilities to meet their needs.
- Understand the value proposition and “problem” that implementing a micro-credential program can solve for institutions – get practical steps to change or implement a successful digital micro-credential strategy and innovative best practices from industry leaders.
Dr. Naomi R. Boyer currently serves as the Executive Director, Digital Transformation at Education Design Lab and is an educational strategist and innovative leader with over 20 years of education experience.
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Brian LaDuca is the founding Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at the University of Dayton. His research is focused on the relationship between necessary 21st Century skills in the workforce and competency-based curriculum in post-secondary education.
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Included When You Purchase
- 90-minute online session with carefully selected expert(s)
- Unlimited access to view webinar recording on demand
- Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
- Certificate of completion for each participant
- Weekly newsletter – What's Working on Campus
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