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Presentation on “Credentialing initiatives in Spain” at the Digital Credentials Community Call

July 29, 2022

CertiDigital is an inter-university project aimed at creating a digital credential service for the Spanish University System. The project starts in 2021 within the framework of the UniDigital program of the Ministry of Universities and develops the necessary adaptations to incorporate the European Digital Credentials for Learning (EDC) and European Blockchain Service Infrastructure (EBSI) technologies.

CertiDigital involves more than twenty Spanish universities, each of which implements a digital credential use case. This experience allows universities to identify and transform the educational, administrative and technological processes involved in the issuance and consumption of educational credentials at different levels and for different user profiles within the university community.

The universities participating in the CertiDigital project have identified and selected the following pilot use cases to implement digital micro-credentials for education in the Spanish University System:

  1. Training of research teaching staff (PDI) and administration and services staff (PAS) through courses organized by the Human Resources Area aimed at strengthening professional skills in various fields, such as communication skills or English language level.

  2. Training of University Teaching Staff, both PDI and collaborating teachers, in those areas relevant to their teaching practice such as pedagogy and learning methodologies such as the digital competences of the teaching staff (DigCompEdu).

  3. Certification of the teaching of university faculty, including external staff who collaborate occasionally, since the training provided is also a curricular value.

  4. Certification of attendance to Conferences organized in the participating universities, suitable for anyone, but initially with special curricular interest for PDI and postgraduate students.

  5. Proprietary Degrees existing in the educational offer of the participating universities and which, not being official, are directly accredited by the corresponding university. Non-official Master’s, Expert or Specialist degrees are of this type.

  6. Transversal and Continuing Education, consisting of a series of courses, subjects or cultural or sports activities offered at the universities and which are outside the strictly curricular scope. However, participation in this type of activities allows the development of personal and social skills that are increasingly valued in professional profiles.

  7. New Transversal Micro-degrees, including those non-official degrees recently created in the line of bringing together “soft skills” such as social skills or digital skills.

  8. The European Diploma Supplement (SET) is the document that accompanies the official university degree and is valid throughout the national territory with unified information, personalized for each university graduate, on the studies taken, the results obtained, the professional skills acquired and the level of his or her degree in the national higher education system. This document is issued by the universities in accordance with current regulations.

In this video the protagonists of various use cases explain their vision and roadmap for change management in university processes, as well as the benefits and challenges that emerge in the project:

  • Edurne Barrenechea from Universidad Pública de Navarra explains their use case of digital credentials for Private Master Degrees.

  • Héctor Sánchez Santamaría from Universidad de Extremadura and Alberto Sánchez Campos from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos present their pilots of University Teacher Training and development of teaching competencies.

  • Iván Builes from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid presents their use case for the Extracurricular Activities Passport.

  • Jaime Palés Fabado from Universitat Politècnica de València explains their pilot of Staff Training (PAS/PDI) integrated in human resources management.

To learn more about how the project works, access the CertiDigital Brochure and watch our video on CertiDigital Project Keys.