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On edSurge: How to Make Micro-Credentials Matter

Posted on 10/28/2015

Badges, certifications, skill identifiers--you’ve probably seen micro-credentials in one digital form or another. But how do we know whether they actually matter in the real world?

At the Digital Promise External link opens in new window or tab Educator and Workforce Micro-credentials Summit on January 30, about 100 teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs and nonprofit representatives, both from K-12 and higher-ed, came together to discuss exactly that: how to get micro-credentials to the point where they’re valued as evidence of what adults have learned and can do.

Throughout the day’s panels, workshops, and casual conversations, several themes arose around ways to ensure that micro-credentials like badges eventually do count for how and what educators are learning, as well as ultimately scale.

These key themes are:

  • Keep time and autonomy sacred
  • Badging platforms need to talk to one another
  • Micro-credentialing should target the process, not just the end

The author of this edSurge article, Mary Jo Madda provides more details about the themes and the event in her February 2, 2015 post.

Source: edSurge, https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-02-02-how-to-make-micro-credentials-matter External link opens in new window or tab How to Make Micro-Credentials Matter