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Convergence 2023 (UPCEA & AACRAO)


Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education

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Concurrent Session

Thursday, November 2  |  2:30 PM

Three Things You Must Do to Make Your Microcredentials Program a Success

Get valuable tips and advice to help strengthen your microcredentials program and deliver more value to your learners. We've identified three of the most challenging elements needed for success with digital credentials in higher ed, including: Creating a strategic governance model, Connecting and partnering with employers, and Improving education-to-career pathways through more effective curriculum design. Hear from three experts in the field about how they tackle these challenges. Come ready to share your experiences and get answers to your questions.

  • Luke Dowden, Chief Online Learning Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District
  • Janelle Elias, Vice President of Strategy and Advancement, Rio Salado Community College
  • Kelly Hoyland, Director of Higher Education Programs, 1EdTech
  • Anissa Vega, Assistant Vice President of Curriculum and Academic Innovation, Kennesaw State University

Concurrent Session

Thursday, November 2  |  2:30 PM

Reducing Friction Between Education and Employment Records

In this exciting world of innovation in digital credentialing, we must take critical steps to achieve our core objectives of delivering useful, meaningful, trusted, secure, and globally transferable digital education and employment records. This panel will bring together leaders in today's credentialing movement who are collaborating and contributing to the building blocks of an effective credentialing ecosystem. Hear strategies for how you can contribute to the growth of this work and unlock new opportunities for billions globally.

  • Sarah DeMark, Western Governors University, Open Skills Network
  • Naomi Szekeres, Velocity Network Foundation
  • Rob Coyle, Digital Credentials Program Manager, 1EdTech

Breakfast Briefing

Friday, November 3  |  7:30 AM

Comprehensive Learner Record: Building the Needed Stakeholder Coalition to Implement Alternative Credentials at Your Institution

When we think about building coalitions and convening stakeholders on important campus efforts like non-degree credentials, comprehensive learner records, and learner pathways, we often consider including our registrars, IT professionals, academic leadership, student affairs professionals, edtech partners, and professional education practitioners. The views of our colleagues are influenced by the guidance of professional organizations and associations.

Join us for a session that sheds light on the perspectives of your campus colleagues. We’ll discuss the landscape and perspectives of leaders on your campus and offer some words of advice that might help you forge stronger relationships with your peers. We’ll share important concerns, the guidance your peers are receiving from their professional organizations, and provide some tactics to engage them in meaningful conversations. You’ll leave this session with a deeper understanding of your peers’ perspectives, which will help you build a coalition of the willing for non-degree credentials and comprehensive learner records on your campus.

  • Mike Simmons, AACRAO
  • Julie Uranis, UPCEA
  • Kathe Pelletier, EDUCAUSE
  • Ashley Finley, AAC&U
  • Amber Garrison Duncan, C-BEN
  • Amelia Parnell, NASPA
  • Kelly Hoyland, 1EdTech


November 1st 12:00 AM EDT - November 3rd 11:59 PM EDT
Wednesday, November 1st - Friday, November 3rd 2023All day
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