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Blockchain Badging - Coursera-to-Credit

Ms. Amy Moore

Project Team
  • Dr. Bina Ramamurthy
  • Dr. Shambhu Upadhyaya
  • Dr. Nan Travers
  • Dr. Lisa Stephens
  • Anne Reed
  • Tracy Puckett
  • Timothy Leyh

University at Buffalo

2018

Tier Three

$60,000.00

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Project Summary:

Leveraging a highly anticipated Coursera Blockchain Specialization, UB computer science faculty propose piloting a new process to transform Coursera-issued Verified Certificates into a UB Digital Badge, which for some learners, when coupled to their professional background, may lead to academic credit through a prior learning assessment (PLA) process to further a micro-credentialing or degree program effort.

Project Outcome:

Project Outcome Report

Postsecondary Information Literacy Readiness Assessment using ILAAP

Prof. Cynthia Tysick, Associate Librarian, Head of Educational Services

Project Team
  • Jewel De La Rosa, College Librarian, Erie Community College.
  • Logan Rath, Associate Librarian, The College at Brockport
  • Tiffany Walsh, Associate Librarian, Educational Services, University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo

2017

Tier Two

$15,500.00

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Project Summary:

An online, information literacy competencies diagnostic tool for postsecondary institutions that provides customized, self-remediation suggestions for students and academic advisors.

Project Outcome:

Designing Competency-based PLA Pathways to Scale Up Completion and Learner Success – Phase II

Dr. Nan Travers

Project Team
  • Dr. Nan Travers, Director

Empire State College

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

This is a proof of concept project to build and expand upon previous IITG work by: 1) providing students access to CBE PLA templates within the Sāgence™ system, 2) developing a PLA competency-based course, 3) expanding the CBE PLA options in Sāgence™, and 4) providing additional professional development.

Project Outcome:

This project developed competency-based prior learning assessment guides in 7 topic areas (bringing the total number up to 14), a generic guide and a competency-based PLA course - all available on-line. These guides will help students successfully document their prior learning and be assessed for college credit. This directly impacts completion because these guides increase the ability for students to earn credit for what they already know, decreasing the number of credits needed to complete a credential. Research shows that students who participate in PLA are 2X more likely to complete an associate degree and 2.5 X more likely to complete a bachelor's degree.

Project Outcome Report

Designing Competency-based PLA Pathways to Scale Up Completion and Learner Success

Nan Travers

Project Team
  • Dr. Michele Forte, SUNY Empire State College

Empire State College

2016

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

Using Flatworld, a competency-based learning platform, faculty teams will develop CBE PLA for: a) SUNY Transfer Path areas of Business, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice/Criminology; b) developmental skills in basic communications and mathematics to align with SUNY General Education learning outcomes; and c) workplace learning acquired through the Center for Disability Services in Human Services/ Human Services Management.

Project Outcome:

Faculty teams were charged with creating a minimum of one CBE PLA; thus far, teams are on track to create more than one. Teams were charged with three areas: SUNY Transfer Path areas of Business, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice/Criminology (top PLA areas); developmental skills in the areas of basic communications (reading and writing) and mathematics (aligns with SUNY General Education learning outcomes); workplace learning acquired through employment in the area of Human Services/Human Services Management. This project builds upon previous work with PLA and e-portfolios, which has shown success for students to achieve their PLA credits.

Project Outcome Report