This Wednesday, Stifterverband together with DAAD organised a conference in Berlin looking at ways to reinvigorate and reinforce the Bologna Process through the adoption of digital technologies. Anthony from KIC, together with Florian Rampelt from Stifterverband, used the opportunity to present a workshop on the Quality of Credentials in Open Education, utilising work that was developed for the OEPass Project.

Our presentation focused on the challenges to education being presented by alternative systems of credentials such as nanodegrees and micro-masters, and addressed the issues of how to measure whether such credentials meet the twin tests of recognition and portability.

The emerging model we’re developing considers two sets of quality factors in relation to these tests, namely the:

  • Inherent quality of credentials which comprise the learning outcomes, quality of learning, level of learning, workload of learning, assessment of learning outcomes, identity of the learner and identity & reputation of the issuer
  • Technical quality of credentials which comprise factors such as the distinctiveness, security, modularity, interoperability, standardisation, learner-control, value and revocability of credentials.

Final Recommendations to the Conference

The workshop brought together participants from Higher Education Institutions around Germany, together with digital education experts from around Europe, with discussion focusing on how to ensure that recognition processes can simultaneously convey enough information to allow for true cross-border and interinstitutional recognition of learning, while at the same time not overwhelming companies and universities with bureaucracy.

In line with our OEPass philosophies, participants reached some consensus that a combination of standards paired with new technology will be required to a make this happen.

View the presentation below: