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April 2017

The Blockchain & Education

April 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Avans Hogeschool, Hogeschoollaan 1 Breda Netherlands + Google Map

Chris Jagers will discuss how blockchain technology is changing the field of higher education. How does a University begin with blockchain credentialing? What role does government play? What is the value for citizens from a lifelong learning and employment perspective? Chris will discuss opportunities and challenges in light of the blockchain pilots that are already underway in the EU. This talk will begin at 15:00. Chris Jagers is the Founder and CEO of Learning Machine, the company that developed, in close collaboration…

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Groningen Declaration 2017

April 27, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010 Australia + Google Map

Innovation and Standardization in Digital Credentials Exchange of Comprehensive Student Records and the Blockchain The form and function of academic credentials are in a period of accelerating innovation across national contexts. As the function of credentials evolves to act as global currency for human capital, the form of credentials is similarly changing, both in response and as a further catalyst. Credentials are moving from paper to digital, from text to visual, from narrowly-defined records to personalized representations of a more…

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May 2017

ASUGSV 2017 Panel Discussion

May 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City UT, 555 Main St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101 United States
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Blockchain - Knowledge as a Currency Imperial Ballroom A, Grand America Hotel The Class of 2020 and those behind it are moving away from sheepskin to knowledge as a currency and “modern” measurement of life’s accomplishments. How disruptive is the blockchain in learning and talent? Moderator Matt Pittinsky, CEO, Parchment Panelists Michael Casey, Senior Advisor Blockchain Opportunities, MIT Media Lab Antonis Polemitis, CEO of University of Nicosia, Cyprus Chris Jagers, CEO, Learning Machine Alex Grech, Managing Partner, StrategyWorks, Malta Marley…

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IMS Global Presentation

May 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202 United States
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A Lifelong Record of Learning and the Blockchain Issuing credentials in a way that helps students build a lifelong record of learning is a common goal for many of us. However, the full realization of this goal has been blocked by the inability of students to demonstrate ownership of these records and conveniently use them in the world. Chris Jagers will explain how the blockchain provides a technical missing piece that allows students to securely receive and share their official…

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September 2017

Blockchain in Education

September 5, 2017
Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5
Groningen, 9712 CP Netherlands
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About this Event Natalie Smolenski will be presenting about Academic Credentials in an Era of Digital Decentralization. This is part of a larger gathering of industry professionals who are looking at how the blockchain can be used to provide more secure student services and records. From the event website: "This Blockchain-in-Education Conference provides you with a unique opportunity to learn about why and how Blockchain will usher in a hyperconnected future for the education sector, bring about distributed learning environments…

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ZEST Malta 2017

September 18, 2017 - September 19, 2017
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands Malta + Google Map

Panel on Digital Identity and the Blockchain As an author and public speaker, Natalie Smolenski focuses on the intersections of identity, technology, and government. By bringing a scientific perspective to distributed digital technologies and social transformation, she helps audiences from all backgrounds understand how individuals connect to form communities and build the infrastructures of the future.

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October 2017

PESC 2017 Data Summit

October 25, 2017
Radisson Admiral Harbourfront Hotel, 249 Queen's Quay West
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N5 Canada
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The Blockchain in Education Presented by Chris Jagers, CEO Learning Machine The blockchain revolution has recently come to the education sector with the promise of providing a tamper-proof infrastructure to facilitate student ownership and use of academic records. This means students can share their official records directly with anyone and have them easily verified as authentic. These records no longer have to be transmitted by a third party, which is a fundamental break from the typical vendor-controlled ecosystems where rents…

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ePIC 2017 Bologna

October 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Palazzo Gnudi, via Riva di Reno 77
Bologna, 40121 Italy
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The Time for Self-Sovereign Identity is Now Case Studies in Open Standards for Decentralized Identity and Verifiable Claims presented by Natalie Smolenski and Kim Hamilton Duffy. Inasmuch as the blockchain affords, for the first time in history, the possibility of true individual ownership of their own data, it is a double-edged sword: it also opens the door for powerful actors to monitor and control the actions of human beings with unprecedented precision, at an unprecedented scale. If we want to…

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MIT Legal Forum: Artificial Intelligence and the Blockchain

October 30, 2017 - October 31, 2017
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, 02139 United States
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Overview From the event website, "The inaugural MIT Legal Forum on AI & Blockchain conference will focus on identity and contracts and will be held at the MIT Media Lab on October 30 & 31, 2017. Our intent with this event is to catalyze well grounded idea flow and engaged discussion on the systemic digital transformation of law and the legal industry. The format of the event will be a series of sessions flowing from level setting overviews to fire-starter talks to…

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November 2017


November 5, 2017 - November 8, 2017
The Grand Hotel, 333 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201 800.918.9344 United States
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Standardization and the "Tower of Babel" Problem Presented by Natalie Smolenski, VP Business Development, Learning Machine. As innovation in digital credentials accelerates, the need for shared and open standards becomes increasingly apparent. In this presentation, Natalie Smolenski draws on her work for Learning Machine Research to describe the “Tower of Babel” problem in the area of educational credentials, which calls for three different forms of standardization: standards of content, standards of exchange value, and standards of technological infrastructure. She concludes…

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March 2018

Global Education and Skills Forum

March 17, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Education and The Power of Blockchain Whoever thought accounting technology—something as simple as a ledger—could change the world? Join Natalie Smolenski, Anthropologist and VP of Business Development at Learning Machine, for a tour of how societies have used ledgers to keep track of truth across space and time—and how that is changing today. With blockchains, we now have “super ledgers” that anyone can use to anchor and verify facts. This empowers both individuals and organizations like governments and schools. Individuals…

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April 2018

Groningen Declaration Meeting 2018

April 18, 2018 - April 20, 2018
Center Pantheon, 12, Place du Pantheon.
Paris, 75231 France
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Learning Machine will be participating to support GDN priorities for the meeting being held this year in Paris, which is home to many major initiatives for mobility, digitization, lifelong learning, and extending the Bologna Process. From the event website: Sorbonne was purposely chosen as the iconic backdrop for our annual meeting, to enable all major national and international players that are based in Paris, like UNESCO, OECD, IAU, the French Ministry of Higher Education, the BFUG Secretariat, AMUE, CNOUS, Campus…

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Workshop: Inter-American Development Bank

April 27, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Connecting dots between technology, self-sovereign identity, and government. WebEx enabled.

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May 2018

Blockchain, Credentials, and Connected Learning

May 17, 2018 - May 18, 2018
Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa, De Paul Avenue
San Anton, BZN9023 Malta
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About: from the event website: This is the second conference organised by the Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning in Malta – the 3CL in its abbreviated format. The 3CL is an education foundation registered in Malta, and currently supported by the Ministry for Education & Employment in Malta and the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver – more on the 3CL and its operations on this site. The 2018 conference levers on the networks and communities of practice that gravitate around the 3CL to…

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May 22, 2018 - May 23, 2018
Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse
Atlanta, GA United States
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Learning Machine will present an example of the Universal Trucker ID using Blockcerts, and discuss how this can radically transform the industry. An instantly verifiable ID card, owned by the driver, which promises to remove identity fraud, increase verification convenience, and weed out bad actors from the driver pool. Learning Machine is a member of BiTA (Blockchain in Transport Alliance). Read more about our work in a recent article by Freight Waves.  

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GovTech Pioneers 2018

May 23, 2018
Palais Wertheim, Vienna, Austria, Palais Wertheim
Vienna, Austria
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This GovTech event is connecting Europe's leading politicians, public CIOs, startups, corporations, and VC’s. The innovators behind the $400 billion market will be discussing the latest trends in Citizen Collaboration, Blockchain and Security. Our CEO, Chris Jagers, will be presenting specifically on lessons learned working with governments, and how to ensure the best relationship for everyone involved. To learn more, visit the event website.

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Foro2030: Blockchain and Social Inclusion

May 29, 2018
Universidad de Malaga, Spain Malaga, Spain + Google Map

INAP, the Spanish National Institute for Public Administration, has launched the initiative Foro2030 to raise awareness among Spanish public administration managers about the impact and the transformations that digital technologies are producing. The initiative is being carried out through a series of six conferences, each with a distinct focus. Jamil Dewji from Learning machine has been chosen to be one of three presenters addressing how Data Science and the Blockchain can promote social inclusion. More specifically, he will be presenting…

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June 2018

European Validation Festival: Brussels 2018

June 14, 2018
Brussels Brussels, Belgium + Google Map

Join us in Brussels as Natalie Smolenski presents the value of the blockchain for verifying skills, education, and training. By using the open data standard for blockchain-based records, Blockcerts function as cross-border evidence of learning that are verifiable anywhere, instantly, and for free. From the event website: "The European Commission is organising a stakeholder conference on 14-15 June in Brussels to share practices and exchange ideas and knowledge on validation of informal and non-formal learning. The event will  provide an open space for…

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SOLA+R 2018

June 18, 2018 - June 19, 2018
Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, 20009 United States
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Blockchain in Higher Education: From Hype to Implementation Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has partnered with Learning Machine to set a path for learners to receive recognition for their skills and achievements through digital credentials. Using Blockchain technology, SNHU has a long-term vision for technology that provides secure documentation of learner achievements searchable by employers needing qualified candidates. Leaders from Learning Machine and SNHU will share why institutions should consider this technology, the path they are taking through implementation, and…

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August 2018

The World Bank: Practical Lessons From the Use of Blockchain in Education

August 1, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
World Bank, 701 18th Street NW, Room J6-50
Washington, DC, United States
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Digital certificates in tertiary education, the story of Blockcerts (so far). Presenter: Natalie Smolenski, Anthropologist, Author and Public Speaker; Vice President of Business Development, Learning Machine Discussant: Juliana Guaqueta Ospina, Industry Specialist, Health and Education Manufacturing, Agri-Business & Services, International Finance Corporation Chair: Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager, Europe and Central Asia Education Global Practice, World Bank     Background: A major promise of blockchain technology is that individuals should be able to own their digital assets--without a middleman. This refers…

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October 2018

Delta Summit 2018

October 3, 2018 - October 5, 2018
IACC Conference Center, St. George's Bay
St. Julians, STJ 3310 Malta

Pioneering Blockcerts in Malta Malta has been leading the way on regulatory frameworks and applications of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, turning Malta into a hub for innovation. Delta Summit is their official platform to promote this technology and promote business opportunities. Natalie Smolenski, VP of Business Development at Learning Machine, will be discussing how Malta has been using Blockcerts for the past year to promote learner ownership of records and greater economic mobility. Learning Machine continues to be Malta's partner…

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Future of Blockchain Conference

October 12, 2018
Dallas Conference Center, 7600 John Q Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034 United States

Lifetime Verifiable Diplomas and Records. Natalie Smolenski, Learning Machine's VP of Business Development, will be keynoting with a talk about how our official records are an important for of social currency, and how replacing paper with digital records and blockchain-based verification unlocks the power for these records to transform the way we interact with the world. On the following day, Daniel Paramo, Learning Machine Account Executive, will be leading a workshop covering how digital diplomas can be created and issued…

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Educause 2018

October 31, 2018 - November 2, 2018
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St
Denver, CO 80202 United States

Verifiable Digital Records and the Blockchain Learning Machine and MIT announced the launch of the Blockcerts open standard in 2016 hosted a panel discussion about the launch in packed auditorium at Educause 2016. Two years later, this session will provide a survey a schools now issuing blockchain-based academic records, as well as an in depth case study of MIT’s issuance of digital diplomas over the last two years. Featured speakers with include Chris Jagers, CEO of Learning Machine, and Mary Callahan,…

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November 2018

2018 Blockchain in Education, East

November 13, 2018
Washington, DC, 20008 United States

Blockchain Certificates for Self-Sovereign Digital Identity Chief among the possibilities afforded by the blockchain is what some have called “self-sovereign identity.” In general, self-sovereign identity means that the individual has ownership over their personal data and control over how, when, and to whom that personal data is revealed. Natalie Smolenski, VP of Business of Development for Learning Machine, will explain how a new type of digital record is fulfilling this dream.

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January 2019

Implementing Blockchain Within Governments

January 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bahrain FinTech Bay, Manama
Capital Governorate, Bahrain
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Kausar Samli, VP of Global Delivery for Learning Machine, will address the key topics and values relevant for governments considering blockchain implementations. Talk Summary In this age of global economic transformation, as nation-states transition from a local industrial economy to a global digital economy, technology-driven social evolution increasingly requires an information economy model of credentialing. The reforming of paper records into blockchain-secured digital documents offers a faster, simpler, and more secure way to record transactions, validate authenticity, and verify identity.…

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February 2019

IMS Digital Credentials Summit 2019

February 4, 2019 - February 7, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2100 S Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282 United States

Digital Credentials Comparison Report The Federation of State Medical Boards and Learning Machine Research will be presenting their report surveying the similarities, differences, and potential convergence between various types of digital records (Open Badges, Digital Signatures, Blockcerts, and W3C Verifiable Claims), particularly in regard to security and use cases.

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Good ID: What’s Policy Got To Do With It?

February 5, 2019
Sheradon Commander, 16 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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This all-day workshop on identity systems is part of the GoodID Dialogues, an Omidyar Network initiative for discussion and development of new ID systems and standards that work better for everyone. Natalie Smolenski, VP of Business Development at Learning Machine, will join a group of leaders from government, private sector, academia, and civil society who will share their first-hand experiences from various political contexts. The goal is to find practical solutions that are relevant worldwide.

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TCCTA 2019

February 28, 2019 - March 2, 2019
Westin Galleria and Westin Oaks, 5060 West Alabama
Houston, tx 77056 United States
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Blockchain for Vocational Training Certification: Real-World Case Studies Speaker: Natalie Smolenski, Senior Vice President, Learning Machine This talk introduces Blockcerts, a new type of digital record that is anchored to a blockchain and owned for life by recipients. Blockcerts empowers individuals who achieve vocational qualifications to take them anywhere in the world, share them with anyone they choose and verify them instantly and for free–without needing to contact the training provider or any records vendor to validate authenticity. Blockcerts are…

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March 2019

KNOW 2019

March 24, 2019 - March 25, 2019
Aria Resort, 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89158
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KNOW is an essential destination for everyone working in identity, trust, and the data economy. Learning Machine representatives will be participating in two separate events on the value of blockchain-anchored records for both individuals and governments.

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April 2019


April 1, 2019 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, 90015 United States
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As the security and data ownership benefits of using blockchains for official student records become increasingly clear, University administrators may be wondering what best practices they can apply to beginning and scaling a digital credentialing program. April Price, Director of Academic Services for ECPI University, presents how ECPI approached the transition: why they chose Blockcerts, how a vendor partner (Learning Machine) was selected, and how an implementation roadmap was developed for initial and subsequent recipient cohorts. Day:  Monday, April 1,…

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RTM Spring Higher Education CIO Congress

April 7, 2019 - April 10, 2019
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, 8757 RIO SAN DIEGO DRIVE
San Diego, CA 92108 United States
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The RTM Spring Higher Education CIO Congress is a premier gathering for CIOs, CTOs, Chief Innovation Officers and CISOs from institutions across the country who are looking to actively discuss the possibilities inherent in these challenges. As new platforms, tools and software become available, the risk and ramifications in adopting them must be considered. Collaboration is key to making the best out of your existing resources and preventing data breaches. Speaker Natalie Smolenski, VP Business Development, Learning Machine Talk Summary…

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April 8, 2019 - April 10, 2019
San Diego, CA 92101 United States

The ASU GSV Summit brings together over 4,500 leaders, including investors, learning and workforce technology CEOs, preK-12 leaders, higher ed leaders, chief learning and talent Officers, policy Makers and foundation leaders, social entrepreneurs and more. 

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McMaster Engineering Panel

April 10, 2019
McMaster University, L.R. Wilson Hall (Concert Hall)
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8 Canada
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McMaster University hosts on ongoing series named CafeX, a public discussion about a big topic of interest to engineering and engineering education. This week, award winning journalist with Jennifer Lewington will interview Learning Machine CTO, Kim Duffy and other experts from McMaster University on how technologies such as blockchain-secured credentials are changing the face of higher education. Further, the panel will cover the pilot project run by McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering in cooperation with the University's Office of the…

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BETT Middle East and Africa

April 22, 2019 - April 23, 2019
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

Bett is the world’s largest education technology portfolio event. Covering the breadth of lifelong learning, the series brings together industry leaders, practitioners, professionals and inspirational figures to share ideas on how to support learning together through technology. Cameron Mirza, Head of Strategy for the University of Bahrain, and Learning Machine SVP Natalie Smolenski present how the University of Bahrain has pioneered the use of Blockcerts for digital credentials in the Middle East.

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Groningen Declaration Network 2019

April 24, 2019 - April 25, 2019
UPAEB Puebla, Mexico

The Groningen Declaration Network serves the academic and professional mobility needs of citizens worldwide by bringing together key stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem. This year, the convening is held in Puebla, Mexico, where Learning Machine and Tecnológico de Monterrey will present their collaboration on the first Pilot of Blockcerts in Mexico.

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May 2019

MSMS Rhoades Lecture

May 17, 2019
Double Tree by Hilton, Dearborn, 5801 Southfield Expressway
Detroit, MI 48228 United States

The Michigan State Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. On Friday May 17th, Natalie Smolenski, Learning Machine VP, will be presenting the Annual Rhoades Lecture. OBJECTIVES: Discuss blockchain technology (no technical background required). Describe records ownership, and how it differs from other forms of ownership. Explain privacy and security considerations.

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Learning Impact Leadership Institute 2019

May 20, 2019 - May 23, 2019
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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As education becomes more global and transitions to a lifelong learning model, education providers are under increasing pressure to show that the training they provide prepares students for real-world jobs and further learning opportunities. Students will increasingly select providers that offer them lifelong credentials they can "stack", share, and verify instantly and for free, anywhere in the world. Come see how Central New Mexico Community College and Learning Machine are leading the way with this new credentialing model by implementing…

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