Magazine article The Learning Professional

The Promise of Micro-Credentials

Magazine article The Learning Professional

The Promise of Micro-Credentials

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Micro-credentials are an emerging learning design that shows promise for offering educators an on-ramp for identifying and meeting classroom-specific professional learning needs.

Four key features define educator micro-credentials: They are competency-based, personalized, on-demand, and shareable. As a personalized learning design, micro-credentials allow educators to focus on a discrete skill related to their professional practice, student needs, or school goals.

Here's how micro-credentialing works:

Teachers identify the micro-credential they want to earn based on their needs and interests. Each micro-credential provides details about what the teacher should know and be able to do, recommends resources to support the development of the skill, and specifies appropriate evidence an educator must submit to demonstrate his or her competence to earn the micro-credential.

Teachers pursue their learning. Educators pursue development of the stated competency until they are ready to submit evidence for assessment. Learning can take place at a time and location chosen by the educator.

Teachers gather and submit evidence of their competence. Required evidence might include a portfolio, video, student work, classroom observations, teacher and student reflection, and/or other documentation of their learning in action.

Trained assessors evaluate the evidence educators submit. After the reviewer completes the assessment, the issuing organization reviews that assessment and determines whether the educator should be awarded the micro-credential. …

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