Frank Cicio: founding a company to solve the technology skills gap the past 10 years. It's important to solve these challenges with technology, but there is more... content, ecosystems, partners, many dimensions of importance and use cases. ✪
Simone Ravaioli: work for digitary, in credentials. Based in europe but work over the world. Have always contributed to standards. My core focus is that this is a vibrant and diverse ecosystem and keep the work connected to work being done elsewhere. To get to an adoption stage/interoperability, you have to recogonize the work of others and work together. ✪
Colin (LEF): My career as a teacher and tech integrator. Started getting involved with Learning Economy a couple years ago. Out of curiosity, got involved in the digital world for education, open badges, mozilla. Tried to build badges for my 1st grade students. ✪
Frank: great question, the biggest challenge is mapping competencies to skills and courses. Biggest challenge to post secondary education. The biggest issue we saw, was the schools to translate my course into compentecy. Create a simple way to do this, and go to the faculty. And use ML to simplify this. Triangulate three course sources. The ONET and NICE frameworks, and industry has a handle on taxonomy, the high schools have a good handle. The combination of the high school market and the enterprise market, we can come up with a way for the secondary market understand what skills they have that map to their courses and populate these open frameworks to finetune over time. ✪
Colin: It's 2 things: alignment and agreement from institutions is challenging and adoption. Getting universities and schools to agree on core language. The other part is adoption and making sure the EDU tag doesn't fall into a churn and burn of new idea/innovation/pilot and three years later its gone. For the EDU world to play with the VC world, it needs to happen in the same pace. ✪
Frank: From a tech perspective, data store, as long as we can access and share data. Through open APIs or other technical, whether you are allowed to share via regulations. What's the use case between schools and employers. As long as the data can be shared. An enterprise is not hung up on the standards. Schools are different. From a standards perspective, some orgs have a lead, e.g. IMS Global, IEEE, etc. I would take the view of, who is leading these standard initative, what does it mean and how does it impact the use cases at the end of the day. It's about adoption. What is the impact on adoption, and work to supporting that. ✪
Colin: feel spoiled to hear others answers first and nod along. That's what's great about this community. The social infrastructure to get folks to do business together. We need people to continue to develop and adopt. We need to collaborate across silos and demonstrate interop and use cases that build the trust. And then they start using it and we make progress that way. ✪
Frank: I believe there are two views: the credentials themselves. We have to work with the credential issuers. There needs to be some level of taxonomy in the credential themself. The second view on how it's used, once you have the granularity, you can use it in a skills marketplace. You have a repository of data in order to address the skills gap. ✪
<sharon_leu> Frank, are you suggesting as a technical priority, this task force should expand its scope beyond the existing VC to take a point of view on letter standards?
<frank_cicio> Sharon , sorry letter standards?
Colin: Dmitri that was awesome. So glad all the candidates are in this community. To me, one of the greatest technical challenges, is to get a small interoperable use case across systems, to iron out these (concerns) on a smaller scale. Finding a small use case or set of users to start making this trust triangle is a good starting point. ✪
Colin: the technical spec, what from a credential is going into a wallet and shared btwn institutions. ✪
Frank: schools have a lot of validation to reg data, transcripts. The focus needs to be on the use case and the focus of this task force's work. Needs to be use case driven and the tech will follow. ✪
<frank_cicio> Sharon, expanded scope may be necessary if it supports the Workgroups mission and charter
<sharon_leu> @frank, I was referring to the VC spec.
<frank_cicio> Sharon, ok ill revert on this specifically ty