November 18th @ 12pm Central US Time
Free for NMC members / $125 for non-members

Certified skills are a valuable form of academic and professional capital. In this edition of the NMC Beyond the Horizon virtual event series, we will explore the use of digital open badges. These portable machine-readable credentials can verify the mastery of competencies demonstrated across the learning experience while connecting learners to new opportunities and workforce demand.

The panelists draw on experience supporting a range of institutions in developing digital credential badge programs that verify achievements in competency-based education degree programs, open online courses, cross-curricular literacies, co- and extra-curricular activities, student affairs, and faculty development — among other areas. This online program considers topics including new ways of thinking about assessing skills as well as how digital credentials can inform new programs and strengthen relationships.

Jonathan Finkelstein (Credly)
Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and CEO of Credly, creator of the Open Credit digital credential framework, and director of the open source BadgeOS project. Together these platforms have enabled thousands of organizations to recognize and reward skills and achievement. As founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan’s work has helped hundreds of mission-driven organizations produce and launch innovative online programs, products and platforms that have impacted the lives of millions of learners. Jonathan is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), contributing author to The Digital Museum (AAM), and co-author of a report for the US Department of Education on the potential for digital badges. Jonathan is a frequent speaker on digital credentials, open badges and the future of learning and workforce development. The son of two New York City public school teachers, Jonathan graduated with honors from Harvard University.
Susan Manning (University of Wisconsin, Stout)
Susan Manning teaches for the University of Wisconsin at Stout, including courses in instructional design, universal design for learning, and the use of games for learning. She is well regarded nationally as a leading expert in the design and implementation of online learning, professional development for educators, and digital badge systems and credentialing programs. Susan's significant contributions to online education were recognized by the Sloan Consortium, which awarded her the prestigious 2013 Excellence in Online Teaching Award.
Diane Singer (Brandman University)
Diane Singer is a senior level workforce and business educator, curriculum developer and project manager. Currently with the Brandman University organization, Diane leads the content team for the competency-based education degree programs. Previous to her work at Brandman, Diane served in corporate leadership and management roles where she successfully led account management teams on data integration projects. After leaving the corporate business space, Diane became a business educator and small business owner. She has developed numerous teaching and learning programs for business, education and public safety, and served as a WASC visiting team member evaluating career technical education programs. She is also an award-winning educator acknowledged for her work to improve learning outcomes for those under-served by traditional education. Diane holds a MBA, and MA in educational technology; she is currently a doctoral candidate at the Claremont Graduate University.