Presenters & Panel Moderators
Open Standard versus Open Source
What are open standards, exactly? You’ve probably heard the term thrown around, but why does it matter to your business? How does it relate to open source? What’s the difference?
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Welcome from the GDN President – Jelger de Boer, President Groningen Declaration Network
Dr Wesley Teter
UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Equitable access to quality education and decent work are growing concerns throughout Asia and the Pacific. In Southeast Asia, a common space for education is emerging as part of a transformational agenda, yet many are left behind. This session will share examples of how education policy, edtech providers, local and international industry and lifelong learners are co-creating an open architecture for the future of learning and employment. Significant disruptions, including micro-credentials offer hope (and competition) for traditional education and training providers. By leveraging emerging technologies, including digital credentials and new open-source standards, learners and stakeholders in Asia-Pacific can drive a learner-centred approach and build an open, quality-assured and equitable architecture for learning. Join the debate and find partners to shape our future.
Anthony Manahan & Koichi Nakasaki
Groningen Declaration Network Board
Our two session leaders, Anthony Manahan and Koichi Nakasaki, will be sharing their ideas for convening an Asia-Pacific Regional Chapter. The opportunity exists to further the goals of the GDN and regional digitization projects by working together to learn, explore, and grow capacities within and across countries. Every part of the world is considering how to better support citizens, exchange credentials, and ensure trusted and secure networks. The opportunity to evolve efforts in this area holds benefits for all participants. Anthony and Koichi will explain the purpose of the GDN, provide in-region perspectives on why extending digital capacity matters, and identify some of the core benefits that working together will achieve through future convening activities.
Chaired by Meg Wenger, Senior Director of Evaluation, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.; Chair, Subcommittee on Digital Student Data TAICEP, The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals
- Joanne Duklas, Executive Director, GDN, Canadian Exemplars
- Beka Tavartkiladze, Senior Director Global Education and Knowledge, World Education Services
- Darren McDermott, Team Leader, EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE 2020-2022)
This panel session of thought leaders will explore different models for how regions and countries have worked together to create new approaches for delivering official, trusted information about citizens and their academic studies. How to deliver a national level digital exchange network and sharing of critical supporting information is contextually situated as each region and partnering organization have varying technology capacities and governance contexts. Plus, opportunities exist to advance access for learners who are struggling to represent their past academic studies when digital support options do not exist or are needing additional supports. These experts will share their experiences and provide recommendations to enable digital solutions in region.
Chaired by Melanie Gottlieb
Chief Research Officer, Institute for Future Engineering, Japan and GDN Board Member
This session will introduce the typology of technology options available to those considering implementing credential exchange networks in their region. Representing the outcomes of a comprehensive research study, Koichi Nakasaki will share specific examples, their data architecture model, the governance frameworks, and more to aid participants in the session with considering the different approaches and rationales for why these are relevant to particular regions. (presentation)
– NETWORKING LUNCH-
Chaired by Anthony Manahan, Board Director, Groningen Declaration Network
- Remy Choo, Director, Planning and Programmes Division, Training Partners Group, SkillsFuture Singapore (Singapore)
- Andrew Trnacek, CEO Higher Ed Services Presentation Slides
- Daniel Hibbert, Digitary by Parchment (Australia Asia Pacific)
This panel will explore the dimensions and practicalities of creating national digital credential exchange platforms and ecosystems supported by open standards and with consideration for privacy compliance and data security. Thought leaders, experts, and exemplars from around the world will share practical examples of data network and convening models, the challenges faced when considering and developing these networks, and the opportunities it presents for learners. The ultimate goal with this session is to identify and explore options and approaches using modern technology, policy, and practices and encourage reflection as we work together to extend the digital mobility of credentials for citizens.
Anthony Manahan, Koichi Nakasaki & Joanne Duklas
Groningen Declaration Network Board
This facilitated session will pull together the threads of the discussions throughout the day and consider the opportunities to create future convening activities. Participants will be asked to explore the following discussion questions:
What new ideas did you learn from today’s discussions?
What are some of the practical barriers to creating digital capacity in a region? How can we work together to solve these challenges?
What topics would participants want to explore in future convenings that are delivered virtually or in person? Does the opportunity exist to continue to work together to create an Asia-Pacific GDN Regional Chapter?
Jelger de Boer
Jelger de Boer, the GDN president, will provide closing remarks and reflections from the day as well as share more about future GDN convening opportunities and events.