From Badges to Breakthroughs: Unleashing Learner Potential through Competency-Based Achievements

Thursday, October 17 | 5:30PM–6:20PM | Ballroom B
Session Type: Professional Development
This session will explore challenging innovations, using "the course" as the primary unit of educational currency. Panelists will discuss credit for MOOC completion, prior learning assessments, badge frameworks, and verification of competencies as options for extending low-cost, quality educational opportunities for increasingly diverse student and instructor populations.

Learn about emerging trends to reevaluate and award credit for student learning. | See mounting evidence of alternative credentials that recognize demonstrated/validated competencies. | See how discrete bundles of defined outcomes are available through learning communities that provide reputation frameworks for peer validation.


  • Deb Everhart

    Researcher, Georgetown University
  • Fred Hurst

  • Karen Solomon

    Vice President for Accreditation Relations and Director, Standard Pathway, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Ellen Wagner

    Affiliate Research Professor, University of Central Florida

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