There is a growing movement in higher education to identify ways to offer more accessible learning for our students and for members of our communities. Microcredentials have the potential to fill that need. Whether for credit or not, course-based or not, transcripted or not, a microcredential can be used to represent a specific learning objective or set of learning objectives. In this episode we talk to colleagues from the University of Colorado - Boulder to hear about their efforts to stand up a microcredential program and what planning, policies and procedures, communication, and technical infrastructure is needed.
- A microcredential is not the same thing as a “badge.” A badge is to a microcredential as a diploma is to a degree program. A badge can be issued to represent the completion of a microcredential.
- Take the time to be thoughtful and prepare for a microcredential program offering at your institution. You can get a badging platform and start issuing badges tomorrow if you want, but the underlying policies, procedures, and administrative infrastructure are critical for ongoing success.
- Identify your institution’s “why,” when considering offering microcredentials. Are they meant to be revenue generating? Are they free? What are the standards for a microcredential program? Who is your potential microcredential population?
Assistant Vice Provost and University Registrar
University of Colorado-Boulder
References and Additional Information:
Carey, K. L., & Stefaniak, J. E. (2018). An exploration of the utility of digital badging in higher education settings. Educational Technology Research and Development, 66(5), 1211–1229. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-018-9602-1
Global Silicon Valley. (2021, August 18). Stage X The Future of Higher Education | ASU+GSV 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhm75Zc6NOU
Hall-Ellis, S. D. (2016). Stackable micro-credentials – a framework for the future. The Bottom Line, 29(4), 233–236. https://doi.org/10.1108/BL-02-2016-0006
George Washington University - Call for microcredential research proposals (Due April 2022)
SEM Live: Microcredentials and Badges