Updated: Apr 9, 2020

Addressing the global and local skills challenges is a priority concern for most governments and education authorities. The core change challenges come in as most education systems still operate, and often rigorously hold onto, direct teaching models which reinforce multi-period timetable systems – which prohibits real learning and talent development.

When considering the complexity of overcoming these challenges, industry certification is an absolute must have that justifies any credible school digital strategy and or the breakthrough that enables schools to shift away from transactional education with "post-learning assessment", towards real world learning.

That said, the value from implementing standalone certification programmes, on top of or additional to core-curricula, maybe hard to justify as much as it is complex and requires massive extra-effort to implement.  Time is often argued as a major and prohibiting factor.

However, the solution involves embedding certification into core-curricula, cross, vocational and or delivered through new “agile” real-time assessment (of learning quality, not just outcome) of immersive education.

This means, as a result, 6 major transformation opportunities exist – and that which creates educational and economic incentives for education to adopt, reducing workload (and or redeploying it), justifying new and better technology and change choices in the process.

Industry-certification programmes validate Digital inclusion in core curricula. Additionally, the initiatives enable schools to confront ideology with a valid approach that sees schools transition from churn based education into real world talent development environments.

1.      Future-focused strategy development, assisting Boards, executive, leaders to set and navigate strategy that connects schools to national and international need:

2.      Digital Strategy: Streamlining to strategic education ROI

3.      Curriculum, delivery, assessment: Digital 2020, Vocational, Cross-Curricula, Immersive – with embedded industry-certification enablers - real-time performance management technologies

4.      New student experience: going culturally responsive as opposed to assimilation.

5.      24/7/365 Digital Pedagogy, Staff, Professional Development Transformation Programme

6.      Evidence based technology choices: reducing wastage, concentrating spend to the learner, proving and renewing

The essence of certification is not necessarily about the “certification”. Indeed, the supporting digital strategy enables erosion of normally conflicting and heavy workload for educators. From a teaching, learning and engagement perspective, embedded programmes are a proven resolution to or of attendance, behaviour and attitudinal issues in favour of deeply engaging and highly motivational immersive learning models.

Additionally, industry certification combines with multi-source content technologies which create a rich platform with often out of the box content for responsive curriculum design, shifting from post-learning assessment to real-time assessment of learning need, programme/lesson quality and or cognitive / competency development.

Teachers no longer need to spend days, weeks, months developing obselete curriculum. With Azure, O365 and other engines, deployment of rich learning to support embed industry certification as credit bearing outcomes relevant to core-curricula incentives - is often instantaneous.

Industry-certification, as one element of the 6 enablers, new and mobility driven-insights for immediate feedback for "all" learner, real-time and or counter-anticipatory education-deliver-engagement-assessment, contrasts (fundamentally) with inability for any educator to deliver or guarantee or even prove performance through the prevailing transnational post-learning assessment models. As a result, with experiential learning normalised, schools are able to promote and prove delivery of human-centred programmes that enable development and increased employ-ability (or prospects) of the talent they produce, in all learners, with the top 10 “2020” skill sets:

1.      Complex Problem Solving

2.      Critical Thinking

3.      Proven Creativity

4.      Leadership, People Management

5.      Coordinating with others

6.      Emotional Intelligence

7.      Judgement & Decision Making

8.      Service Orientation

9.      Negotiation

10.  Cognitive flexibility

In sustaining transformation, the real value for schools, worldwide, is the total transformation of staff including measured competency development (24/7) and culture change. Indeed, with an industry- certification model driving immersion learning - the 6 enablers mean schools are able to source and realise investment confidence, with real-time evidence of success and outcomes, with better technology choices.

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