The University of Windsor is conducting a pilot project of a platform that enable users to store and share digital documents, badges, micro-credentials, and diplomas from across Canada and around the world.
Continuing Education is leading the launch of MyCreds with support from the Office of the Registrar and the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada. The University received a $25,000 grant for the pilot project; technical aspects will be supported by Information Technology Services.
“Users of the MyCreds platform will have 24/7 access to this digital wallet and share verified digital credentials to potential employers,” says Lorraine Chandler, acting University Registrar. “Digital credentials are issued by accredited institutions and will be adapted by employers as a way to validate a candidate’s micro-credentials, badges, digital documents and diplomas.”
She notes the number of MyCreds users in Canada has grown over the last two years with several Ontario schools participating, including institutions like University of Waterloo, Western University, and Trent University.
Jennie Atkins, executive director of Continuing Education, says her department is excited to pave the way for the future of digital credential authentication and storage at the University of Windsor.
“MyCreds provides users with the control and ease of access, while streamlining the collection and validation process for the user, the school, and potential employers,” says Atkins.
This pilot will focus on issuing micro-credentials to a select group within Continuing Education’s corporate training program as early as January. Its industry partner, TransForm Shared Service Organization, will assist in the pilot by accepting these digital credentials as official, validated documents.
More information to be released as the pilot gets underway. Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.