Reframing and decolonizing recognition at ePIC 2023
Learning Agents’ Don Presant hosted a virtual preview of an on-site session planned for ePIC 2023 on reframing and de-colonizing recognition for Indigeneous communities. The preview was part of a monthly series of 30-minute virtual Warm-Ups, setting the stage for the ePIC 2023 conference in Vienna, December 6-8.
This Warm-Up featured Susan Forseille, Director, Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition at Thompson Rivers University and Ashleigh Presenger, Health Transformation Policy Analyst for Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, with a complementary preview from Stella Porto, Head of CredencialesBID & INDES Virtual at the Inter-American Development Bank and support from Lenora Knapp of Knapp and Associates and Serge Ravet of Reconnaître - Open Recognition Alliance, host of the ePIC conference now in its 22nd year.
Susan and Ashleigh are preparing an interactive on-site session for the conference in Vienna that will focus on finding ways to respectfully bridge Western and Indigenous ways of knowing in the recognition of identity, learning, skills and achievement that are consistent with First Peoples Principles of Learning, developed by BC’s First Nations Education Steering Committee and shared by Susan in the Warm-Up session (see below). ePIC’s Program Committee plan to build this theme at future events in Europe and elsewhere.
Hosting these Warm-Up sessions and helping program the annual ePIC conference are examples Don Presant’s ongoing volunteer role as an advocate in the international community for “opening up” the recognition of lifewide learning beyond micro-credentials, regardless of technologies and platforms. Learn more at openrecognition.org.