QAA Scotland is undertaking a sector-wide project entitled 'Understanding Micro-credentials and Small Qualifications in Scotland'. This project seeks to complement the development of a Characteristics Statement and webinar series QAA are delivering across 2021-22, and will build on the outcomes of the 2020-21 Collaborative Cluster project - 'Exploring the Potential of Micro-credentials and Digital Badging'.
To support the sector-wide project, a Scottish Tertiary Education Network for Micro-credentials has been established. This Network is chaired by Professor Jonathan Powles, Vice-Principal, Learning and Students, University of the West of Scotland, with Dr Anne Tierney, Assistant Professor, Learning and Teaching Academy, Heriot-Watt University, as Deputy Chair. The Network has representatives from across higher education, colleges, students and stakeholder groups to gain sector understanding of the development, use and delivery of micro-credentials and small qualifications.
Outcomes from a practitioner survey undertaken in winter 2021 have helped to inform a glossary of shared language, to aid the understanding of micro-credentials among key stakeholders (including students, employers and PSRBs) and help develop the portability of micro-credentials and small qualifications across the tertiary sector.
Sessions at the Enhancement Themes Conference in June 2022 enabled providers to come together to hear about the 2020-21 Collaborative Cluster project - 'Exploring the Potential of Micro-credentials and Digital Badging', collaborative models of practice in the colleges, the work of the Scottish Tertiary Education Network for Micro-credentials and progress with the UK-wide QAA Characteristics Statement for Micro-credentials.
Visit the project page for more information on the completed Collaborative Cluster project - Exploring the Potential of Micro-credentials and Digital Badging.
We hosted a micro-credentials webinar on 9 May 2022 to consider international perspectives. A recording of the webinar is available to listen to.
It featured Professor Jonathan Powles, UWS, Professor Dr Khairul Salleh bin Mohamed Sahari, Deputy CEO Malaysian Qualifications Agency and Marsyitah Ismail, Head of Learning Services, SEA, OpenLearning.
Micro-credentials: The college approach
The importance of unique learning artefacts and portfolios in micro-credential courses