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Values-based Credentials Management System

Trusted Accreditation Ecosystem for Learners, Educators, and Employers

Importance of Values and Skills Accreditation

Skills are “dynamic currency” that people must have to adapt to this ​​fast-changing world throughout their careers and lives. To promote lifelong learning, recognition, validation, and accreditation of the learning outcomes, such as Values and Skills, across borders through digital credentialing is crucial.

⇒ Read more: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

Accredit Transversal Skills

To recognize and validate a broader range of learning outcomes in the era of lifelong learning, EU and UNESCO suggest a digital credential ecosystem model for validating skills without borders. These digital credentials should be in a verifiable format, which ensures data authenticity and supports cross-border interoperability. This is made possible by using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and open technical standards.

Credential System for Educators

ValueCred develops a Credential Issuance Portal for educators to effortlessly issue Values-based Credentials in global ecosystems that leverage DLT and comply with common standards. This enables educators to accredit learners’ soft skills under the existing curriculum with great flexibility and security.

With our Learning Outcome Analytics, educators can also track and monitor learners’ progress and accomplishments in acquiring transversal Values and Skills. Educators can identify the weak points of learning and proactively assist the learners in achieving their learning goals and objectives.

What are Values-based Credentials?

Why do they matter?

Values-based Credentials complement the existing qualification frameworks in recognising a broader range of learning outcomes – the Values and Skills of a person – that aren’t apparent on a transcript or resume.

is a type of Micro-Credentials that certify the learning outcomes of short-term learning experiences, as recommended by the EU, it is a flexible, targeted way to help learners develop the competencies they need. Being digitally verifiable, for which authenticity can be cryptographically proved, these credentials can be trusted across borders.

  • Support Autonomy
    With knowledge, skills and competencies being more comprehensively accredited through various verifiable credentials, learners can now have more control and flexibility over how to demonstrate their qualifications in their personal and professional development.

accredit the mastery of Values and Skills, which consist of nine constructs that are defined and embedded in curriculum across different subject areas and countries (Ref: OECD Embedding Values in Curriculum). Values and Skills, as learning outcomes, are recognised and validated at a granular level through Values-based Credentials.

  •  Improve Competence
    In facilitating the accomplishment of the learner’s aspirations, Values-based Credentials can be stacked and combined with other credentials to form a larger or higher-level credential, which communicates a more complete and detailed profile of a learner’s experiences and competencies.

is awarded to learners when
i) they receive a certain amount of backings from their peers during group learning activities, or
ii) they consistently demonstrate excellent mastery of the Values and Skills and receive recommendations from the educators.

  • Encourage Relatedness
    Learning does not work in isolation, but in a diverse community of people, places, and ideas. Values-based Credentials are earned through ongoing practice of the Values and Skills and interactions with members of the community, which can be a classroom of students or a business unit in a company.

Present Proven Skills

There is an increasing demand for Micro-Credentials, pinpointing skills and competencies, among learners and employers. When issued through DLT, its inherent immutability enables learners to prove their skills match and even share the same company value as requested by employers.

Credential Wallet for Learners

At ValueCred, the learner’s skills and values are described at a granular level with a standard data model. Learners receive personalised feedback on their proven skills in the Learning Report with each Values-based Credential. They can review their progress and find areas of improvement along the learning and career pathways.

Our platform also enables learners to combine and stack multiple Values-based Credentials with other verifiable credentials to showcase their skills and achievements as a Career Success Portfolio to improve their employability. Learners can easily control how much and with whom they want to share their portfolios, while employers can instantly verify the authenticity.

Trusted Accreditation Ecosystem

To ensure widespread adoption and compatibility, we build and nurture the ecosystem of values-based credentials. Our framework implements common standards and trusted technology infrastructure, making it efficient and secure to issue, exchange, and verify any of these credentials.

Technology Explained

Why do we use DLT?

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) works by allowing multiple participants (i.e. nodes) as a network to maintain a shared, decentralized record of any form of data using cryptography. Once data is added to the ledger, it has been hashed, and synchronised across the network, making it almost impossible to alter or delete data in any node.

With immutability of the ledger, we no longer have to validate data directly with the issuer. Data verification is now more flexible and efficient, as we can simply check on the ledger anytime, anywhere. Trust is established for all participants on the ledger.

EU Digital Identity (EUDI) wallet is an application enabling holders to store, verify, and share personal information (e.g. identification, address proof, academic credentials) across Europe.

Our Credential Wallet conforms to EU (e.g. EBSI) specifications and its privacy and cyber security regulations, protecting holders’ privacy, and giving them complete control over their VCs and data.

Verifiable Credentials

Secure and Authentic

All VCs are cryptographically secured to prevent fraud and data breaches. DLT and the encryption mechanisms help verifiers to attest to the authenticity and provenance of the credentials and data.

Privacy and Self-Sovereign

In compliance with GDPR, DLT allows data exchange in a privacy-preserving way with no personal data stored on the registries. Through a mix of credentials, holders can flexibly present their identities.

Control and Ownership

Holders choose how, when, and with whom to disclose their credentials and personal information. EUDI wallet has no vendor lock-in, supporting student mobility with portability and interoperability enabled in VCs.

Benefits for Youth

Empower autonomy in young generations, demonstrate human values with self-identity to achieve personal goals

Enhance Competence

Soft skills can also be widely accredited, not just cognitive skills. Able to assess what students learnt and how good they are.

Improve Relatedness

Credentials are verified in the education sector and workplace. Offer valid reasons for motivating students to pursue.

Foster Autonomy

Stackable soft-skills credentials in various aspects and levels. Assist students in personal development and self-determination.

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