Issue 17

3rd July 2020
Welcome to the latest issue of The Learning Fractal, which provides your monthly dose of inspiration, updates and events from the badging, credentialing and learning world.

This edition features a report on opportunities and risks of using blockchain in skills contexts; a post about government and industry modeling competency frameworks; new Wikibadges; a new marketplace for online microcredentials funded by the Australian government; building a better world through community; an article exploring whether exams are fundamentally flawed; and news about a skills and recognition award for medical students.

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U.S. Department of Labor O*NET and Industry Model Competency Frameworks in the Credential Registry

In this blog post, Deb Everhart from Credential Engine says: "Now more than ever, workers, employers, and educators need to clearly understand the connections between credentials, competencies, and occupations. As millions of people seek education and training programs that will help them re-skill for opportunities in rapidly changing economic circumstances, it’s critical for them to know what skills they will gain from these programs and how they are aligned to jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET and Industry Model competency frameworks available in the Credential Registry provide unprecedented opportunities for aligning education and training competencies to job skills."

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Marketplace for online microcredentials
The Australian Government will provide $4.3 million to build and run a one-stop-shop for microcredentials to help students identify educational opportunities. "An educated and highly-skilled workforce will be essential to help power Australia’s post-COVID-19 recovery". Find out more...
Building a better world through community

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Exams are fundamentally flawed – so let's try this
"Many arguments exist about the benefits and drawbacks of exams, but surprisingly little research has been done into what many would consider the main purpose of the education sector. Yet, there can be no doubt that Covid-19 has exposed a fundamental flaw of the exam system – its total reliance upon schools delivering assessments at a time, and in a manner of, the examination body’s choosing." Read more...
St George’s University of London Launches the George’s Award with

Skills and Recognition Award to boost students' employability skills...
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