Micro-credentials are small packets of learning and skills acquisition that may be recognised by a digital certificate or badge. They may be standalone qualifications or the starting point for degree-level study. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought such flexibility into sharper focus, as an increasing number of people are expected to seek opportunities for upskilling and career change using online platforms.
Building on previous work in Scotland and Australia, this project aims to explore the potential development of micro-credentials in relation to Graduate Apprentice programmes and work-based learning, their understanding by stakeholders, and their increasing relevance in our current disrupted circumstances.
Watch our introductory video to find out more about this collaborative cluster
EXPLORING MICRO-CREDENTIALS AND DIGITAL BADGES
Micro-credentials are small packets of learning and skills acquisition that may be recognised by a digital certificate or badge. They may be standalone, or the starting point for degree-level study. Micro-credentials are used in a range of education and training contexts. We would like to explore their use and potential in the Scottish higher education context.
We are very excited to have Dr Patrina Law to open the event with a plenary. Patrina is the Head of OpenLearn for the Open University (UK) and as such is responsible for the commissioning and strategic oversight of the OpenLearn platform, an Open Educational Resources (OER) platform that reaches over 13 million learners and formal students a year. Her roles in HE over the past 20 years have had an emphasis on coordinating projects and research with a particular emphasis on OER and educational technology. Her research interests are around understanding non-formal learners, developing a framework for good open educational practice and more recently, the phenomenon of digital credentials.
We would like to hear from university staff - academic staff, professional services and senior management - who have a current interest in micro-credentials, or who are curious about their possibilities.
We would like to invite you to a discussion event to talk about your perceptions of, and attitudes towards, micro-credentials. This will take place on Wednesday 3 March, 10am-1pm, online.
Registration is now open via our event booking site.