Advancing Educational Insight, Attainment, and Planning
Assessment Enhancement With Digital Technology
Applications and tools to assess student performance and outcomes
Competency-based learning and assessment programs that provide real-world evidence of knowledge and skills mastery
Leveraging solutions using digital microcredentials and learner records that can follow a learner from K-12 to career, recognizing experiences and achievements inside and outside of a formal education setting
Collection, viewing, and analysis of learning-related data to understand student behaviors and progress, understand a digital product and pedagogy use and effectiveness, and improve teaching and learning
Student Success and Outcomes-Based Learning Support Services
Applications and processes to enable teaching, learning, and placement tied to explicit outcomes and achievements
MaivenPoint and The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science
Summary: The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) is a 50-year-old non-profit organization that, up until 2021, conducted all examinations in person. The process was time-consuming and inefficient for the professional veterinarians and the ANZCVS proctoring the examinations. In less than eight months, MaivenPoint Examena helped ANZCVS digitize exam delivery and administration for over 300 test-takers and 140 examiners across the globe without interrupting their exam cycles.
Learning Impact: Fully integrated into Microsoft 365, Examena transformed the exam experience for test takers and proctors with features like intuitive exam scheduling, diversified questions, the option to anonymously grade exams, AI anti-cheat systems, and emergency offline mode. ANZCVS achieved its goal of digitizing the exam experience and having 100% of candidates complete their examinations through Examena by the end of the year and can now reach more candidates and grow its organization to enhance veterinary practices. The MaivenPoint Examena and ANZCVS project demonstrates the potential for digitizing learning and examinations across all sectors.
Transforming Educator Development with the Digital Promise Micro-credential Platform
Summary: As calls for improving achievement and increasing personalization of learning echo across the national discourse, micro-credentials are filling the gap for personalized preparation and development pathways for educators. Digital Promise has created a robust Micro-credential Platform used by educators across the U.S. They partner to design and develop no- to low-cost micro-credentials accessible to all, focusing on supporting historically and systematically excluded learners and educators. Assessed by experts, Digital Promise micro-credentials offer educators the opportunity to verify the application of their skills, honoring the successful application of skills regardless of how or when they were attained.
Learning Impact: Digital Promise works at the intersection of education practitioners, innovators, researchers, and developers to offer more than 800 competency-based micro-credentials. They have contributed a research-backed, equity-focused framework that has been adopted across the industry. Their research and reports guide organizations, companies, institutes of higher education, and states, districts, and schools across the country to support the design of robust and scalable micro-credential systems with meaningful recognition and incentives for earners.
Micro-Credential Initiative at Kennesaw State University
Summary: Kennesaw State University’s micro-credential initiative addresses common challenges higher education faces in communicating relevancy and improving access by employing a flexible and inclusive systems approach. This initiative is designed around a taxonomy and proposal system that resembles academic curricular review processes found in traditional institutions yet offers flexibility and value to learners by focusing on demonstrating, verifying, and communicating workforce-aligned competencies instead of seat hours.
Learning Impact: KSU’s micro-credential initiative establishes a clear and consistent taxonomy to ensure relevancy, engages shared governance reviewers to ensure trustworthiness, employs a consistent branding plan to increase employer recognition and perceived value, and provides a greater level of equity and access by engaging KSU’s students, faculty, staff, and community members. The initiative offers micro-credentials in various modalities, from informal asynchronous learning to formal opportunities embedded within traditional coursework. KSU also provides unique educational paths to learners through efforts to normalize the review of an earner’s micro-credential evidence for prior learning assessment (PLA), which expands academic program entry options. As PLAs at KSU grow and include more micro-credentials, this will further lower barriers to academic program entry for learners.
SCPD and BCdiploma's Partnership for Personalized and Verifiable Blockchain Credentials
The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) and BCdiploma
Summary: As part of its mission to promote lifelong learning and facilitate professional growth, Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) partners with BCdiploma to leverage blockchain technology for digital credentialing—creating a tamper-proof digital record of learners' accomplishments, verifiable by employers, universities, and institutions. Through the platform, earners can access and share their digital credentials at any time, from anywhere, and in any language to take charge of their career growth.
Learning Impact: Learners now have greater control and ownership over their achievements and credentials, allowing them to confidentially or publicly showcase their skills and knowledge to potential employers and peers across the globe. BCdiploma's blockchain-based digital credentials enable more personalized assessment since they can capture both micro-credentials and experiential learning, providing learners and professionals with a more holistic understanding of their own capabilities and interests.
Course Insights: Learning Analytics for Instructors
Penn State University’s Data Empowered Learning Team within Teaching and Learning with Technology
Summary: Penn State’s Data Empowered Learning Team within Teaching and Learning with Technology developed Course Insights, a Canvas LTI® application, which leverages Caliper Analytics® data to deliver real-time data insight for instructors to engage in strategies around reflection-for-practice, real-time student support interventions, and reflection-on-practice once the course is complete.
Learning Impact: Course Insights supports a broader University student success network by facilitating the connection between instructors and advisers to ensure that students are “seen” during hardships and progress in their studies or degree plans. Access to real-time learning analytics data provides opportunities for instructors, advisers, and other student success staff to learn about their students and make necessary changes and considerations for more equitable and personalized learning opportunities. Course Insights is currently being used at Penn State by 140 instructors in 68 different academic departments at 14 different Commonwealth Campuses. From inside their course in Canvas, the instructors are just one click away at all times from seeing actionable information that they can use to impact various facets of their students’ success directly.
OpenLA: Open Source Library for Educational Data Analysis
1EdTech Japan Society Award Winner
Laboratory for Image and Media Understanding, Kyushu University
Summary: In order to provide students with personalized support, it is essential to analyze each student's learning process in detail. One realistic solution is to analyze the educational data in LMSs and digital textbook systems because these systems contain information that records the learning process of each learner in detail. OpenLA is a new programming library that complements the missing link between educational data in the digital education ecosystem and state-of-the-art machine learning libraries.
Learning Impact: OpenLA can streamline the development of program codes for analyzing educational data recorded in these systems, making it easier to consider the support information needed for each learner. It can also become a helpful tool to research and develop methods for early detection of at-risk learners who need support.
Leveraging Interoperable Edtech to Automate, Streamline, and Centralize Data
Modesto City Schools and PowerSchool
Summary: Modesto City Schools (CA) had too many applications to access learning content. Teachers and students struggled to use their disparate systems efficiently, accessing data was a headache, and customer service from various providers was inconsistent. By partnering with PowerSchool, the district now has a seamless, integrated experience for 30,000+ students and 4,500+ staff, who need fewer clicks to access the information and content required to individualize the learning experience and improve student outcomes.
Learning Impact: Modesto now accesses learning management, assessment, and professional development tools in one platform. PowerSchool solutions provide resources for every aspect of the teacher workflow—including assignments, attendance, formative assessments, and entering grades. Educators get the data they need in a single view of student performance with quick access to all the student, teacher, school, and district analytics the district needs to improve student achievement.
SuitCASE: Force-Multiplying the Power of CASE for Georgia's Digital Learning Ecosystem
Georgia Department of Education and Common Good Learning Tools
Summary: Georgia's education system relies on learning standards fundamental to classroom teaching and learning. Georgia was the first state to publish learning standards using the CASE format and has continued leading the way with the launch of SuitCASE, a "System for Unifying Instructional Tools using CASE" developed in collaboration with Common Good Learning Tools. The tool has made converting, authoring, and maintaining standards in CASE format more efficient.
Learning Impact: SuitCASE allows educators to visualize, interact, and discover the value of learning standards in ways that were not possible previously: over 10,000 educators per month view Georgia standards in SuitCASE, compared to less than 500 per month before SuitCASE launched. Its interactive and visually appealing interface, combined with an AI-powered recommendation engine, allows teachers to efficiently identify areas of need and tailor lesson plans to address those needs. Every Georgia educator now has a searchable pocket reference to all Georgia standards; assuming this saves each teacher 10 minutes per week, the state is recovering 10 million dollars of instruction funds annually. SuitCASE also enables GaDOE to expose associations between competencies, helping teachers see connections that allow them to serve diverse learners' needs better.