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Unleashing the Synergy: Skill and Competency Definitions, LERs and Verifiable Credentials

Staying on top of the latest trends and technologies is crucial to help your organization flourish. That's why we're excited to announce the 2024 theme for the C3 webinar series that brings together experts from around the world to discuss Skill and Competency definitions, Learning and Education Records (LERs), and Verifiable Credentials.

LERs are digital records of an individual's learning achievements throughout their life. They can include traditional academic qualifications like diplomas or degrees and non-formal learning such as work experience, training courses, or volunteering. Verifiable Credentials are digital certificates that prove someone has completed a specific course or gained a particular skill.

The C3 webinar series will feature speakers leading the way and offer you a chance to ask questions and connect with experts. We'll showcase real-world examples of how LERs and Verifiable Credentials are used today. You'll learn about the challenges organizations face when implementing these technologies and the benefits they can bring in terms of cost savings, increased efficiency, and improved talent management.

If you lead LER, VC, or Skill and Competency initiatives or need to know about the new marketplace for talent, we encourage you to join our C3 webinar series.

C3 Webinar Series Hosting and Leadership

The Advancing Open Competencies (AOC) Workgroup hosts the C3 Connecting Competency Communities Webinar Series.

The planning for and facilitating of the series is being led by Eric Shepherd, President, Foundation for Talent Transformation.

  • See the T3 Hub page about the C3 Webinar Series.
  • Join the C3 LinkedIn Group.
  • If you're interested in presenting, email Eric Shepherd, C3 Lead (eric.shepherd@talenttransformation.com) and Jeanne Kitchens, AOC Facilitator (jkitchens@credentialengine.org).

C3 Webinar Series Schedule and How to Learn More

The C3 webinar series is scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Occasional, temporary adjustments may be made. 

Webinars are held @ 9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET /  5 pm UTC / 5 pm UK on the dates listed below.

The best way to ensure you have the C3 Webinar Series on your calendar is to Register. Upcoming webinar information is provided and recordings are archived on this C3 Webinar Series wiki page.

Upcoming Webinar Topics

2024 C3 Webinar Schedule
  • 20- March-2024
  • 17-April-2024
  • 15-May-2024
  • 19-June-2024
  • 17-July-2024
  • 21-August-2024
  • 18-September-2024
  • 16-October-2024
  • 20-November-2024

Scheduled Webinars

15-May-2024: Developing Beneficial Skills-based Ecosystems

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This session will feature pioneering insights from Dr. Adiena Holder, Walmart’s Director of Badging, who will explain the work Walmart is doing concerning skills centered around integrating skills in every part of the talent life cycle. In addition, Robert Bajor, the Founder and CEO of Micro-Credential Multiverse will discuss how micro-credentials effectively link learning experiences to career opportunities.

This webinar is a must-attend for educators, policymakers, and industry leaders looking to navigate the future of talent development and credentialing in the increasingly dynamic talent marketplaces.

  • Robert Bajor will discuss how Micro-credential Multiverse effectively links learning experiences to career opportunities. We'll outline our strategy to overcome institutional and business challenges using our skills-based micro-credential ecosystems, highlighting key client successes and measurable outcomes. Join us to hear these inspiring stories and learn about the transformative impact of our programs across the United States.
  • Dr. Adiena Holder will share about Walmart's commitment to integrating skill development throughout the entire talent lifecycle, in collaboration with Walmart Foundation partners. This initiative is designed to enhance every stage of associates' careers, from hiring and training to advancement. Join us to learn how these efforts are creating opportunities and fostering growth across the organization.

Date: 15-May-2024

Speakers:

  • Robert Bajor, Founder and CEO with Micro-Credential Multiverse (LinkedIn)
  • Dr. Adiena Holder, Director, Learning and Development-Skills and Credentialing with Walmart (LinkedIn)

Archived Webinars

17-April-2024: What’s in Your LER?

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar, transcript, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF)

This enlightening webinar focused on Learning Employment Records (LERs) and their transformative impact on the intersection of education and workforce development. This session will feature pioneering insights from Nick Moore, who has revolutionized Alabama's approach to skills-based hiring and credential transparency through the development of interoperable LERs, and Sarah Jennings from the American Council on Education (ACE), who will explore the evolution and potential of micro-credentials in recognizing diverse learning experiences. Discover how LERs can streamline the pathway from education to employment, ensuring skills and competencies are accurately recorded and recognized across sectors. This webinar is a must-attend for educators, policymakers, and industry leaders looking to navigate the future of talent development and credentialing in the increasingly dynamic talent marketplaces.

Date: 17-April-2024

Speakers:

  • Nick Moore, Director, Office of the Governor, State of Alabama (LinkedIn)
  • Sarah Cunningham, Director, Business Intelligence & Innovation, American Council on Education (LinkedIn)
20-March-2024 C3 Webinar
Beyond the Tech: Ensuring the Integrity of Digital Credentialing

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recording, Transcript, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF)Joshua Marks will draw on his extensive experience designing and implementing enterprise solutions for competency, skill and project-based learning combined with his more recent work leading development of LER infrastructure for the states of North Dakota and Kentucky to present an open-source reference architecture for implementing a complete LER ecosystem that adheres to the IEEE LER best practices (P1484.2). Moreover, Joshua's presentation will emphasize the significance of semantic metadata and scalable service integrated systems in building trust across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including credential issuers, employers, educational bodies, learner/earners, and the community at large.

Building a Skills-Based Talent Marketplace

Sharon Leu will explore how digital wallets can revolutionize the talent marketplace by enabling individuals to showcase their skills and achievements beyond traditional credentials. Highlighting the plight of 33 million Americans with some college education but no degree and 27 million underemployed, including caregivers, veterans, and immigrants, Sharon will delve into Learning Employment Records and Verifiable Credentials as powerful tools that allow everyone to translate their life experiences and abilities into tangible opportunities for growth and advancement, challenging the conventional hiring process and opening doors for millions.

Date: 20-March-2024

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Connecting Competency Communities, 15-November-2023: AI Tools for Structuring, Searching, Matching, and Aligning Competencies and Skills

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recording, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF)

Dive into the future of workforce development! Join us on November 15, 2023, for an enlightening webinar exploring how AI advancements can revolutionize skill and competency searches, matches, and alignment processes. Discover the Power of AI:

  • Learn about the power of  vector databases capable of storing, searching, and matching thousands of skills and competency descriptions.
  • Explore how emerging technologies like AI can aggregate unstructured learning and employment data and convert it into machine readable, structured data as a learner and employment record. These technologies can help build a future where individuals are empowered with data that enables them to better signal what they know and can do.

Be part of this revolutionary shift in the workforce landscape.

Date: November 15, 2023

Speakers:

  • Thor Anderson, Associate Professor and Instructional Technologist at Utah Valley University (LinkedIn)
  • Mary Hayes, Chief Executive Officer at Engage Learning Systems (LinkedIn)
  • Julie Keane, Chief Learning Officer at Participate (Education) (LinkedIn)
  • Stephanie Taylor-Thompson, Director: Reentry Transformation at Workbay (LinkedIn)
Connecting Competency Communities, 18-October-2023: Infusing Excellence into Talent Flow: Embedding and Mastering Competency Data

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recording, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

Embark on a journey to revolutionize talent pipelines! Join our webinar where we learn about competency data research and explore the seamless integration of Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) solutions into the workforce. Experience the power of competency data as it dynamically shapes the flow of skills, channeling talent into high-demand sectors while fostering adaptability where needed. In this session, we share insights from just-released research, showcase TPM's transparent integration, and how competency data empowers careers and industries alike. Join us and become part of the transformative force shaping the future of work!

  • Harmonizing Talent Flow: Explore the evidence in support and art of integrating competency solutions into the workforce ecosystem.
  • Competency Data Mastery: Learn about how transparent data shapes career paths and industry demands in real-time.
  • Strategic Workforce Empowerment: Learn how TPM’s adaptability builds a balanced, skilled workforce in every sector.

Join us and be a driving force in infusing excellence into talent flow! Let's reshape the workforce landscape together, ensuring skills and opportunities align seamlessly.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Griffiths: (LinkedIn) - Co-Founder, Sr Consultant, and "Chief Competency Geek", WorkForce Strategies International, Inc.
  • Jaimie Francis: (LinkedIn) - Vice President, Programs and Policy at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Olivia Griesheim: (LinkedIn) - Training and Development Specialist at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

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Connecting Competency Communities, 20-September-2023: Advancing Skills-Based Hiring with Data Standards & AI Innovations

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recording, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

Join us for a comprehensive webinar where experts Elliot Robson and Jim Ireland unveil the revolutionary potential of data standards and AI in skills-based hiring practices. This session will delve into two crucial aspects:

  • Data Standards for Equitable Hiring: Jim Ireland from HR Open Standards will elaborate on how HR management systems can leverage standardized data from Learner and Employment Records, fostering a more equitable hiring process.
  • AI-Driven Competency Management: Elliot Robson will explore the transformative capabilities of AI-driven language models in redefining competency management and communication harmony, offering innovative solutions to enhance collaboration between educational institutions and employers.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Gain insights into data standards' role in progressive hiring practices.
  • Discover how AI advancements reshape competency management.
  • Unveil strategies for better collaboration between educators and employers.

Who Should Attend:

  • Education Professionals: Administrators, educators, and curriculum developers seeking improved communication and competency alignment.
  • HR and Recruitment Specialists: Experts dedicated to connecting employers with skilled individuals.
  • Product Managers: Those involved in talent management systems and competency frameworks interested in using standards and large language models to improve their offerings.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to grasp the future of skills-based hiring! Register and secure your spot now.

Speakers:

  • Elliot Robson, CEO with Eduworks (LinkedIn)
  • Jim Ireland, Executive Director at HR Open Standards (LinkedIn

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Connecting Competency Communities, 16-August-2023: Unlocking Effective Competency Alignment: A Webinar for Professionals Seeking Skill-Based Hiring and Resource Integration

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recording, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

Join us for an enlightening webinar that explores how Competency-Based Education (CBE) is used within health sciences to focus on the mastery of specific skills and knowledge. These competencies are clear and measurable learning outcomes that students must achieve. This webinar will explain how competency-based learning can unlock opportunities for institutions, individuals, and employers.

Health sciences have taken the lead in so many ways, and our presenters will reveal the importance of competency-based education, engaging practitioners to understand actual practices and build relationships with potential employers. Our presenters will also discuss the challenges of inheriting a poorly written competency framework, internationalizing competency frameworks, and educating and encouraging faculty to embrace competency-based education.

The areas of health sciences are broad and diverse. This session will bring perspectives from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (https://www.aacnnursing.org/) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) (https://www.internationalmidwives.org/).

Register now to secure your spot at this transformative event!

Speakers:

  • Carolyn Levy, Learning Design Consultant, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) (LinkedIn)
  • Charla Long, President, C-BEN (Competency-Based Education Network) (LinkedIn)
  • Joan Stanley Chief Academic Officer at American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (LinkedIn)

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Connecting Competency Communities, 19-July-2023: Skill & Competency Currency: Empowering Career Success Through Certifications and Degrees

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recording, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

Join us for an enlightening webinar that explores how the fusion of certifications and degrees can unlock exceptional career pathways by harnessing the power of skills and competencies. Discover how these coveted credentials align with the demands of the talent marketplace, propelling individuals towards success.

Our panel of trailblazers will delve into the evolving landscape of certifications and degrees, shedding light on how skill and competency data have become the invaluable currency of the professional world. Gain invaluable insights from industry experts who are leading the charge in education and workforce development.

Speakers:

  • Ken Sardoni , Senior Vice President of Learning Programs at CompTIA
  • Brent Capriotti, Senior Consultant, Operational Strategy at Western Governors University (LinkedIn)
  • Samantha Coen, Manager, Skills Architecture at Western Governors University (LinkedIn)
  • Angela Hernandez, Senior Lead Skills Architect at Western Governors University (LinkedIn)
  • Marissa Yates, Senior Research Analyst at Western Governors University (LinkedIn)

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Connecting Competency Communities, 17-May-2023: Managing Competency Definitions and Frameworks to Inform Curriculum and Certifications

Join Liberty Munson from Microsoft and Pat Byrd from the Society of Resource Management (SHRM) as they share their expertise in designing and managing competency-based certification programs. This session will also include information on fraud prevention and how competency definitions and frameworks inform curriculum and exam design, and activities related to developing, delivering, and maintaining certification programs.f

Speakers:

  • Liberty Munson, Director of Psychometrics at Microsoft (LinkedIn)
  • Pat Byrd, Director of Certification Operations at SHRM (LinkedIn)

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recording, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

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Connecting Competency Communities, 19-April-2023: Navigating Competency-based Assessments and Credentials

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recording, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

  • Nathan Thompson, PhD, CEO at Assessment Systems will explain how competencies definitions relate to Job Task Analysis, Angoff method for setting passing or cut scores, NCCA/ANSI accreditations, and the distinctions between certification, accreditation, certificate, and licenses.
  • Bill West and Holly Zanville, Chief Credentialing Solutions Officer at Cornerstone Strategies, LLC, will focus on Credential as You go and cover designing, developing, implementing, and managing certification programs, assessment-based certificate programs, micro-credentials, certificate programs, badging strategies, accreditation strategies.

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Connecting Competency Communities, 15-March-2023: Understanding Competency Data Standards

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recordings, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

Should I develop a new schema for my competency data or use a recognized standard? There are pros and cons to both approaches. In this C3 webinar, three leading data standards will be presented by experts.  Learn about how the competency data standards are structured, used, and how they are aligned.  After attending this webinar, you'll understand the benefits of these standards, the criteria to review and use them, and some options available. The data standards presentations and Q&A include:

  1. 1EdTech Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®)
  2. Credential Engine's Credential Transparency Description Language - Achievement Standards Network (CTDL-ASN)
  3. IEEE Standards Association's P1484.20.3 – Standard Data Model for Sharable Competency Definitions

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Connecting Competency Communities, 15-February-2023: Competency-based Education and Career Pathways

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recordings, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

Lisa Larson with Education Design Lab's Community College Growth Engine Fund shared how colleges are co-designing micro-pathways with learners and employers that are flexibly delivered to be achieved within less than a year and result in a job.

Lorraine McKay and Mark Coulter with Human Resource Systems Group revealed insights into how employers use competency frameworks to address real-world talent management challenges. This presentation will share best practices in quickly developing and deploying competencies for recruiting and career pathing.  

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Connecting Competency Communities, 18-January-2023: Capturing and Sharing Achieved Competencies as Data

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recordings, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

This webinar focused on the importance and value of including competency descriptions with Learning and Employment Records.

  • LearnCard, the open source digital wallet from Learning Economy Foundation, is being used across a number of contexts to store and measure learning progress. We’ll explore how these implementations leverage skills data, and how anyone might deploy the LearnCard SDK to interoperate within an open skills ecosystem.
  • The North Dakota Digital Credentials team has a goal to remove all barriers, friction and costs associated with adopting digital verifiable credentials and issuing stackable micro-credentials to (L)Earners. We'll learn about the vital role competency data plays with connecting (L)Earners and employers.

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Connecting Competency Communities, 16-November-2022: Recommended Practices

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recordings, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

This webinar focused on learnings from the process of publishing IEEE Recommended Practices for well-defined competencies with an emphasis on open competency data.

Speakers:

  • Dennis Green, Principal (Founder) at South Arm Training (LinkedIn)
  • Linda Steedman, Chairperson / Director at eCom Learning Solutions (LinkedIn)

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recordings, and PowerPoint Slides will be made available after the webinar.

Related Resources: These resources were shared by presenters and participants.

Connecting Competency Communities, 19-October-2022: Communities of Practice Webinar

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recordings, and PowerPoint Slides

The second webinar of the C3 series focused on the challenges and solutions for developing competency standards for health professions and a global skills and competency framework for the digital world.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Terence Ma, CEO and Consultant at PlaceNets Consulting (LinkedIn)
  • Ian Seward, General Manager at SFIA Foundation (LinkedIn)

Meeting Materials: Archived Webinar and Audio recordings, and PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint and PDF).

Connecting Competency Communities, 22-September-2022: Kickoff Webinar

This is the first of the monthly C3 Webinar Series providing an introduction to the vision for the series along with an introduction to the T3 Innovation Network, Open Competency (OC) Network, and the Advancing Open Competency)(AOC) Network hosting this series.

Speakers:

  • Naomi Boyer, AOC Chair and Executive Director, Digital Transformation, at Education Design Lab (LinkedIn)
  • Eric Shepherd, C3 Webinar Series Lead, Board Member | Director | Leader | Transformation | Future of Work | Still Learning (LinkedIn)
  • Terence Ma, Open Competency Network Chair, Experienced medical educator and administrator. Thought leader. Anatomist. (LinkedIn)
  • Jeanne Kitchens, AOC Facilitator, Chief Technology Services Office at Credential Engine (LinkedIn)