"Alternative Credentials - Credentialing Alternatives​"

One year after publishing the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration ( we want to explore how to open up credentials, exploring alternative credentials and alternative to credentials. We want to think deeply about the contribution of technology to credentialing systems - not just its surface and trends but its newest ideas and applications. Contributions can be related to the analysis of the limits or current credentialing systems and/or to the analysis of emerging practices, policies and technologies.

Presenters and authors are invited to submit a proposal on the role of Alternative Credentials - Credentialing Alternatives​ in relation to the following tracks:

  • Learning & Education Practices
    • Accreditation practices, alternative assessment practices, learning without grades, school drop out, key competencies and 21st century skills, recognising Informal and experiential learning, peer and community learning and recognition...
  • Entrepreneurship & Employment
    • Enabling entrepreneurship and self-employment, job and talent hunting, work-based learning and credentials, endorsement and social reputation, credentials and mobility, learning organisations...
  • Citizenship
    • Recognising humanitarian and civic engagement, youth at risk social inclusion, recognising the talents of refugees and migrants, building learning regions and cities,
  • Policies
    • Accreditation of prior learning, credit transfer, qualification frameworks, national and local curricula, quality control,
  • Technologies
    • Open Badges, Open Endorsement, ePortfolios, assessment tools, social platforms, verifiable claims, blockchains,
  • Open Badge Challenges

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for research papers, workshops, case studies, work in progress, hands-on activities, position papers, presentations and posters on one or more of the above mentioned tracks in relation to ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust and Blockchains.

Submissions that do not make clear references to one of the tracks AND either ePortfolios, Open Badges, Identities, Trust or Blockchains will not be considered for review.

How does ePIC 2017 differ from other conferences?

ePIC 2017 intends to build on previous ePIC conferences (started in 2003!) to continue its original journey among conferences related to education and digital technologies. While previous conferences have led to the emergence of a number of interesting projects and initiatives, such as the Open Badge Passport (outcome of ePIC 2014), the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration (outcome of ePIC 2016) the objective of this conference is to equip practitioners with the tools, intellectual, social and technical, to become active agents and leaders of transforming the current credentialing system..

Much emphasis will be placed on hands-on workshops and open sessions where participants will have an opportunity to invite other delegates to explore a particular subject or issue. There will be time for the presentation of short and long papers, but we will use a different approach where questions from delegates will take precedence over lectures — what is the point of a presentation if it does not lead to questions and conversations from the participants?