Plenary with Beverley Oliver: Global Developments in Microcredentials and Associated "Hot Issues"
This keynote will focus on the increasing global attention on micro-credentials, and give a snapshot of global developments as well as associated ‘hot issues’. Chief among these issues are: how we define micro-credentials and badges; whether traditional degrees and providers will be related to micro-credentials; the skills economy and employability for mature learners including displaced workers; and the global conversations required to ensure interoperability: across sectors, industries, borders, lifespans and digital systems. In five years’ time, the micro-credential trend will be seen as a fad that disappointed us, or as a key step towards reimagining lifelong learning, depending on how we handle these issues collaboratively in the short term.
Tuv Rheinland, Germany
Sue Martin is Global Head of Personnel Certification at TÜV Rheinland and has been a trusted advisor to companies and institutions across Europe in the area of workforce credentialing, learning strategies and certification for many years, including her role as Global Head of Certification at SAP and several regional and global management roles in the testing industry. She has also held several positions within industry institutions, such as the Chair of the European Association of Test Publishers, and is currently a member of the learning & Development Committee at BCS (British Computer Society) and an EU Subject Matter Expert on digital skills initiatives.
Principal Consultant at EduBrief, Australia
Emeritus Professor Beverley Oliver is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Australian National Teaching Fellow based in Melbourne, Australia. She is a non-executive director at: Open Learning, an ASX-listed company; EduGrowth, Australia’s not-for-profit acceleration network for high-growth, scaleable, borderless education, and at the International Council on Badges and Credentials.
Beverley was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at Deakin University (2013-18). She is the founder and editor of the Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability. Her leadership has been recognised through two national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, several nationally-funded grants and fellowships.
In 2017, she was awarded Deakin University’s highest honour, the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, for her outstanding and sustained contribution to conceptualising the strategic enhancement of courses in the digital economy and furthering Deakin’s research and scholarship in the field of higher education.