Levelling up with Digital Credentials
In the 21st century, learning takes place almost everywhere, at all times, on all kinds of paths and at all kinds of paces. Earning a certificate or degree from a post-secondary institution is only the beginning of a lifelong learning process. How can young people demonstrate the skills and competencies they have developed? How can teachers and school officials—as well as college admissions officers and employers—ascertain that individuals have developed the knowledge or abilities they consider necessary?
Digital technology offers one promising solution: Digital Credentials.
The ‘Levelling up with Digital Credentials - Competency Skills for Success’ program at Pickering College is a 1-week summer program specifically designed to allow students to get started on earning digital credentials to prepare them for continuous upskilling throughout their lives. Our priority is to ensure that our students are well set up with a personal portfolio account to earn, store and share their digital credentials. Facilitators will support students through classroom instruction and authentic, experiential learning activities to earn their initial digital credentials. Students going into Grades 9 to 12 are invited to join our program.
Focus themes within the program have been carefully curated to ensure students are equipped with a mix of soft and hard skills for personal and academic success. These include:
- Personal Development;
- Community Engagement;
- Resilience and Outdoor Education;
- Effective Communication and Social Media;
- Technological Skills
Dates: August 20th - 24th, 2018 (runs daily)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $450 CAD/student
The program fee includes:
- Set up of personal online backpack for badge collection
- All transportation to off-site volunteer placement activities
- Daily nutritious hot lunch as well as morning snack
- 24/7 access to Assessment Platform to achieve Digital Credentials
- Upon successful completion, a record of 8 hours of community engagement activity which could be applied towards the OSSD requirement.