Phillip Long discusses badges and certifications from past to future and how they fit into the higher education technology environment.
Phil is a Senior Scholar at the Georgetown University Center for New Designs in
Learning and Scholarship. Phil worked previously as the Chief InnovaIon Officer
for Project 20201 & the Associate Vice Provost at the University of Texas, AusIn.
His current work focuses on distributed ledgers in the context of documenIng
competencies & higher ed credenIaling, learning analyIcs, emerging
technologies, learning engineering and the design of physical learning spaces.
In 2018 Phil started RHz Consulting and has been working on the design of credentialing methods using blockchain technologies, starting with a project on Revese Transfer of credits at Arizona State University. A core contribution to this is defining the data model for the Trusted Learner Record (TLR) that represents the permanent record of the learner's achievements from any source, educational institutions, work, or aspirational assertions, and stored in the blockchain Trusted Learner Network. This work was featured at TrailheaDX, the Salesforce developer's conference in the keynote announcing the GA release of the Salesforce Blockchain service, with GA in 2020.
Phil is also a Faculty Affiliate at ASU, an Honorary Professor at the InsItute for Teaching and Learning InnovaIon at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
He is the founder of RHz Consulting, LLC, where his pursues his passion projects
associated with technologies that foster learner agency & augment the human
He also servers on the Board for Nexford University, a competency-based startup serving
students in developing countries.
A lapsed biologist now learning scienist Phil focuses on emerging technologies,
the cogniIve interacIons with them, & the spaces, physical and virtual wherein
Is it possible to have the best of both a networked learning environment and an adaptive learning model implemented in the same system? The authors share their vision of the “next” next generation digital learning environment, the N2GDLE.
Institutions of higher education are starting to experiment with new forms of credentialing. Where (if at all) do future employers factor into the process?