November 19, 2019

Digital Badge Symposium 2019

Speaking at Ireland’s first-ever Digital Badge Symposium Paul Healy said, “Digital badges have the potential to be transformational in the world of upskilling. They will become a powerful tool for workers & employers”

The Digital Badge Symposium 2019, hosted by Taste 4 Success Skillnet and University College Cork (UCC), considered the value of digital badges, the growing application of micro-credential awards and their relevance and link to industry, with a specific focus on developments for the agriculture, food and the marine sectors.

The symposium presented findings from recent innovative research to identify and explore the opportunity to develop digital badge credentials for non-accredited programmes, undertaken by Taste 4 Success Skillnet member companies and employees in the food and agri-food sector, and examines the potential for future adoption of these.

The symposium also showcases via expert speakers how digital badges are being recognised as a leading-edge learning technology for all industry sectors. An important next step in supporting the uptake of digital badges is increasing awareness about how they can be used at an organisational level and to present a pathway for their use, both by employees and industry.

To view the complete set of slide presentations from all speakers, click here to download. 

The symposium is relevant to all those involved in recruitment, training and upskilling of staff, those interested in CPD and micro-credentials, and any person wishing to increase their awareness about how digital badges can be used to enhance workforce learning.

Thursday 14 November 2019, 9am – 2pm
Devere Hall, UCC

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Click to View the Slides from the presentations here


Professor John O’Halloran – Deputy President & Registrar, University College Cork
Welcome Address

Paul Healy – Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive
“The 21st Century Workplace”

Tom O’Mara – Head of Digital Learning, University College Cork
“What are digital badges and where are they going?”

Per-Fredrik Hagermark – Head of DACH LinkedIn Learning Solutions, LinkedIn
“Skills at Scale: Insights & learnings from LinkedIn”

View the Workplace Learning Report referenced in this presentation here

John Counihan – Head of Organisation and Talent Development, Musgrave Retail Group
“Learning and Development in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) World”

Dr Karen McCarthy – Research Co-ordinator UCC Food Institute and Manager, University College Cork Teagasc Strategic Alliance
“Gaps and solutions for Micro-credentials in the research and technical industry”

Colin Hickey – Management Consultant in Digital Transformation, Grant Thornton
“The value of digital badges from a hiring manager’s perspective”

Anne Rigney – Head of Behavioural Change & Retailer Development, Musgrave Retail Group
“The changing role of leadership, learning and development”

Rob Horgan – Entrepreneur & Owner of Velo Coffee
“Continued Professional Development for Entrepreneurs: The potential for Digital Badges”

Closing Remarks

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