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Season 2, Episode 6 - Teach & Learn

Building an Infrastructure for the Exchange of Verifiable Digital Credentials, with Naomi Szekeres

Join us for a discussion on building a system to verify digital credentials with Naomi Szekeres of the Velocity Foundation Network.

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of Teach & Learn: A podcast for curious educators, brought to you by D2L. Hosted by Dr. Cristi Ford, VP of Academic Affairs at D2L, the show features candid conversations with some of the sharpest minds in the K-20 education space. We discuss trending educational topics, teaching strategies and delve into the issues plaguing our schools and higher education institutions today.

Episode Description

There’s been a lot of chatter in the higher education world about the need to redefine the value proposition around credentials and skills. How does one verify a credential or skill from one university versus another? On top of this, universities and colleges are grappling with how to make sure they’re closing the chasm between what employers need and what types of skills their graduates are bringing to the job market.

To discuss the topic of building an infrastructure for the exchange of verifiable digital credentials, we welcomed Naomi Szekeres, Head of Global Education Ecosystem Strategy at Velocity Network Foundation. Our guest and host chatted about:

  • The work the Velocity Network Foundation is going in the education sector
  • How Velocity plans to verify degrees and skills from varying institutions
  • Why creating an infrastructure for verifying credentials is important for equity and access in the workforce
  • Using blockchain in the credential verification process

Show Notes

01:20: An introduction to Naomi Szekeres

02:10: Naomi explains what the Velocity Network Foundation is and what they focus on in the education vertical

06:52: Naomi breaks down how Velocity aims to define verifiable degrees and skills

11:44: How Velocity is driving equity and access in the workforce and credentials space

12:54: The shocking statistic around how many people lie on their resumes

17:27: Using blockchain in the credential verification process

21:39: How Velocity is doing work that’s impacting the healthcare cluster, and where they’re headed in terms of the educational cluster

30:12: Naomi shares how listeners can learn more about the work Velocity is doing


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