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NeXT II: Future of Learning

Congressional Ballroom CC

Future of Learning is... Assessment, Learning Experience, Competencies, Credentials

Moderated by
Tracy Petrillo, EdD, CAE, CEO, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, Chair CAE Commission

IBM Open Badge

Presented by
Donna Walker, Director, IBM Training & Skills

Open Badges are disrupting the certification space, particularly in the IT sector, where labor market and technology changes have accelerated the pace of change; the world need’s a credential program that can move quickly to recognize “liquid skills” which may change every 60 days.

But Open Badges were designed to complement, not compete, with certifications. Where a certification is an activity itself (usually an exam), a badge is a digital representation of an existing activity, like the completion of a class, an assessment or a demonstration of skills or abilities.

Certifications can benefit greatly from Open Badges and, in fact, create more demand.

Competencies and Credentials: The New Currency of Learning and the Modern Labor Market

Presented by
Jonathan Finkelstein, President & CEO, Credly


About this session
More than 73% of adults consider themselves to be lifelong learners, but as the ability to learn online, anytime, and anywhere increases, the competition for their attention is fierce. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, how do associations stand out? It turns out that associations have a unique opportunity, as they are trusted standard-setters positioned to offer life-long and career-wide learning and credential opportunities. Learn from an education- and HR-technology expert on how associations can transform learning experiences to better engage and empower members by connecting them to opportunities.

These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers, joined by :

  • Gianina Baker, Ph.D., Assistant Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

You may also choose during this time to visit the Tech Pods in the Fusion e.comm.unity Resource Center to receive a hands-on demo or presentation with some of the hottest technology innovators coming out of Austin's Capital Factory and with members of the digitalNow Community.  POD presentations are being held from 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

Select thought leaders and technology innovators will be available in the Collaboration Lounge to have small group conversations with leaders who want to take the conversation about their digital transformation to the NeXT level. 

Earlier Event: May 7
NeXT II Tech POD