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The potential of microcredentials

The potential of microcredentials

Short presentation to the webinar of the working group on the European Qualification Framework on 3.7.2020.


Dominic Orr

July 03, 2020


  1. Input to webinar of European National Qualification Frameworks 3 July

    2020 The potential of microcredentials Adj. Prof. Dr. Dominic Orr Mantas Pupinis
  2. Key findings Micro-credentials can help to provide access to education

    to a greater diversity of learners. The main aspects of micro-credentials that contribute to inclusiveness are: ▪ Flexible design and delivery of courses leading to micro-credentials. ▪ Flexible delivery mode of courses leading to micro-credentials (e.g. online, face-to-face, or blended). ▪ Length of courses leading to micro-credentials (shorter than a traditional degree). ▪ Closer link to current needs in labour market or society (e.g. digital transformation). Micro-credentials need to be verified and recognised to ensure their value for learners. - Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash
  3. 3 scenarios for using micro-credentials in higher education Recognition between

    two systems: higher education and labour market Recognition in all social systems 2 3 1 Recognition within higher education system - For a reference to these 3 scenarios in the context of open badges, please see: https://hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de/sites/default/files/dateien/HFD_AP_Nr48_Open _Badges_Bericht_2019_EN_web.pdf
  4. Four learning pathways / use cases 4 - For the

    origin of this, please see: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030- 44897-4
  5. What will success look like? 5 Flexibility … in choosing

    learning pathways Educational innovation … is plentiful and not inhibited (but supported) by the approach Trust … in alternative credentials across all social systems Transparency … about learning achievements is enhanced
  6. What should the definition encompass? 02 01 03 04 Content

    of learning leading to a micro-credential Format / design of learning and of a micro-credential Key actors: providers and target groups Purpose: recognition in further education, labour market, lifelong learning
  7. Speakers Dominic Orr Mantas Pupinis Research Manager PPMI Research Lead

    Kiron Open Higher Education