The 7th annual E-ATP conference occurs this week in Ireland, bringing together European test publishers and related partners to network and share innovative ideas around how leading organizations are gaining advantages from assessments. Clarke Porter, the general manager of Acclaim, and Mark Mercury, Acclaim's product lead, are involved in several presentations across the 3-day event, bringing thought leadership around the place of digital badges in formal assessment.
"The European audience isn't new to alternative credentials," Porter explained. "Digital badges are verifiable which makes the screening process more efficient. Plus, they are a great way for employers to understand what specific skill sets mean in the workplace and how job seekers with these credentials will be able to help an organization."
Mercury will be leading two presentations: Badging the Skills Gap - Unlocking the Emerging Jobs Economy and Articulating the Outcomes of Assessment with Digital Badges. Dr. Robert McHenry, executive chairman at OPP, will join Mercury during Badging the Skills Gap to discuss the drivers behind and opportunities for integrating assessments into an ecosystem built around digital credentials.
The two will share real-life examples of how digital badges can provide EU labor market insights and analytics that will help close the skills gap by increasing transparency and establishing trusted communications between employers, job seekers and education providers.
For Articulating the Outcomes of Assessment with Digital Badges, Mercury will use the Acclaim platform to demonstrate exactly how professional and academic achievements come to life - with context and secure, verifiable data - in the form of digital badges. He will also show attendees the viral effect of badge sharing that can increase program and brand recognition online.
A longtime testing industry influencer and leader, Porter has been to E-ATP numerous times, while this is Mercury's first trip to the event. They're both looking forward to different aspects of the conference. Porteris especially interested in reprising his role as chair of the E-ATP Hackathon. "I'm always impressed with the creativity of the Hackathon participants," he said. "It's a master workshop that has produced some interesting business ideas and gives me the opportunity to meet some of the cream of the crop talent in the assessment industry."
Attending E-ATP 2015? Plan to attend these sessions to learn more about digital badges in the assessment industry:
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