RPL and Micro-credentials Workshop

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 09:00 to 11:00

MPLAN RPL and Micro-credentials Workshop

MPLAN invites you to an online workshop via Zoom on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 a.m., on recognizing learning through micro-credentialing and other kinds of digital badges. (MPLAN AGM to follow separately at 11:30am.)
Main presenter, Don Presant, President of Learning Agents, Inc., will introduce the topic of micro-credentialing and badging nationally and internationally.

Lauren Waples, Manager, Academic Quality and RPL, Red River College of Applied Arts Science and Technology, will speak about micro-credential guidelines and implementation at RRC.

Rebecca Brooks, Dean of Academic Programs, and Marnie Groeneveld, Acting Executive Director of Business Development and Strategic Initiatives, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technologies, will speak about both the academic and business development sides of micro-credentialing at MITT.
DATE: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 


DEADLINE to Register for morning workshop:  

Please register using MPLAN's online form below by Friday, November 20, 2020.



Via Live-Stream:  Once your registration has been received and confirmed, we will email the Zoom meeting link for the event.


Registration Fees*

On or before November 20, 2020


Non-Members: $20


*No invoicing available. For this event, registrations will only be accepted by electronic submission. Non-member payments ONLY by eTransfer, PayPal or a Credit Card over the phone.  Cheques are NOT accepted.

Please fill out the form below.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

8:45 - 9:00        Enter Zoom meeting, check settings and network with others.

9:00 – 9:05        Colin Russell - MPLAN Welcome and Introductions

9:05 - 9:50       Main Presenter - Don Presant, Micro-credentialing & badging

9:50 – 10:10      Lauren Waples, Micro-credentials at RRC

10:10 - 10:30    Rebecca Brooks and Marnie Groeneveld, Micro-credentials at MITT

10:30 - 10:50    Questions and Answers

10:50 - 11:00    Wrap up with Colin


11:30am - RSVP for MPLAN's AGM (for the 2019-2020 year) to receive your separate Zoom AGM meeting link.


Session Description
Join Don Presant for a fast-paced current snapshot of digital Open Badges as flexible tools for recognition. Learn how they are being used now, how they're evolving  and how you can incorporate them in your recognition practice.

Open Badges are “smart” digital credentials that make skills and knowledge visible for learners and employers. These credentials can recognize formal, non-formal or even informal learning, ranging from high stakes micro-credentials to low stakes "alternative credentials". Open Badges are based on an international educational technology standard, which makes them portable tools for learner and worker transition. Educators and employers such as Red River College, IBM, Shopify and Save the Children are pioneering these flexible credentials in all sorts of innovative and agile ways for workforce development.

Invented in 2011, Open Badges are hitting the mainstream in Canada in 2020 because they are "future skills friendly" tools for virtual engagement, learning and recognition in a rapidly changing, COVID-constrained world. They are seeing accelerating takeup by educators and employers across Canada and internationally. Governments of all types are actively developing policies and funding programs to help drive this innovative recognition standard forward.

Don Presant is a leading expert and advocate of Open Badges as flexible digital credentials. Don helps educators, associations and employers develop authentic assessment and recognition programs using Open Badges. He is a founding member of the international Open Recognition Alliance at openrecognition.org, co-author of the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration and currently acts an Open Recognition Ambassador (badge: https://bit.ly/DonORA).

Don is President of Learning Agents and CanCred.ca, a Canadian cloud service for Open Badges. He is a longtime member of CAPLA and a former Chair of MPLAN.