Everywhere and Nowhere: student mobility in the era of micro learning, digital credentials and blockchain

Join us to get updates on major initiatives to create the infrastructure and standards to support student mobility and find out how digital credentials and open badges are being used to support both formal and informal learning.


Morning Session 09.00-12.00 – Mobility Infrastructure

The morning session will look at the current and future European infrastructure supporting student mobility.

Bewildered by the difference between EBSI; EDCI; EDSSI; EMREX; EWP and SEAL? Find out what they all mean and what their role is in the future mobility ecosystem.

Discuss how use of open standards can support student mobility and an enhanced range of lifelong learning opportunities.

The session will be interactive with some of the discussions taking place on our virtual Greek island.


Afternoon Session 14.00-17.00 – Digital Credentials

What do we mean by micro-learning, digital credentials and Open Badges? What purpose do they serve and why should universities be interested?

Outline agenda (times are approximate)

14.00 – Playing with Micro-credentials: Going Beyond the Sandbox
Prof Mark Brown, Director, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University

This talk explores the rapidly evolving micro-credentialing movement and the implications for higher education. It provides a working European definition of the concept of micro-credentials and endeavours to explain why there is such growing interest worldwide in alternative models of recognition—for better and worse. In attempting to get out of the micro-credential sandbox and position them within an expanded 21st Century credential ecology, a diverse range of both European and international examples will be shared with participants. The key message of the talk is that the micro-credentialing movement needs to be taken seriously, and European higher education institutions need to develop a strategic response to this potentially disruptive change force. Arguably, we have a once in a generation opportunity to reimagine traditional models of recognition and credentialing in the service of a more digitally connected learning society.

14.30 – Viewpoints: a range of perspectives on why micro-credentials are important and why universities should be looking to deliver value in this way.

Simone Ravaioli, Digitary
Yaz Hakim, VerifyEd
Tim Riches, Navigatr

14.50 – Panel discussion
Previous speakers

15.15 – Break

15.30 – Who is already doing this and how does it fit the existing landscape? MICROBOL Project & survey findings
Magalie Soenen, Flemish Government

15.45 – Who is already doing this?
Case studies from:

  • Middlesex University (student employability)
    Alan Stuart, Middlesex University
  • World Bank/GIZ (supporting diversity in the workforce)
    Ekua Bentil, World Bank

16.15 – Panel discussion
All speakers

Organised by: EUNIS Student Mobility and Learning and Teaching SIGs in collaboration with IMS Europe

Location: Date: June 1, 2021 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm