Earlier this month, the Eduframe by Drieam team attended the 2023 Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education conference.
Going into the Thanksgiving holiday period, we’re looking back at an amazing event – hopefully one of many to come.
From the opening session, it was clear that having brought together folks from both the continuing education (UPCEA) and registrar’s (AACRAO) offices was going to yield interesting conversations.
Over the course of the two-day conference, we enjoyed learning about what institutions are doing in terms of micro-credentials (both for-credit and not-for-credit), comprehensive learning records (CLRs), and competency-based education (CBE).
We particularly enjoyed the session we co-hosted with Michael Trest, Dean of the Online Workforce College. Michael inspired attendees when talking about the way OWC is creating impact in its local community, issuing 38,000 credentials to over 4,000 learners. We couldn’t be more excited to continue collaborating with Michael on the OWC’s mission.
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Non-traditional students are becoming the new norm
Among all conversations, the topic that most stood out to the Drieam team was that of a shared challenge between both UPCEA and AACRAO members. Specifically, the inability of most enrollment management systems to deal with the “new traditional” students.
Registrars and continuing education program managers agreed (dare we say, converged) on a common issue with their main campus Student Information Systems (SIS). The traditional SIS, with its main purpose of enrolling high school graduates, often works with a semester or term-based schedule.
However, many learners (be it 18 year old high school graduates, or working professionals looking to upskill) want to study whenever and wherever they want. This requires a more flexible approach for enrolling and keeping track of learners.
For us, this confirmed that we’re on the right track with Eduframe, the Course Management Platform for Continuing Education. Thank you to UPCEA and AACRAO for organizing, and we’re already looking forward to New Orleans next year!
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