Intro to Badging and Micro-credentials Resources

What’s all the fuss about micro-credentials and digital badging? What are they and how do I earn them? What do they have to do with professional development? Is anyone using them in education?

Session Summary:

  • Micro-credentials are the serious and professional version of Digital Badging
  • Micro-credentials allow educators (and professionals) to show the skills they have in a verified way
  • Micro-credentials are best when they have proficiency-based requirements (you have to show you can do the skill)
  • Micro-credentials work a lot like Scouting Merit Badges
  • Digital Promise has led the way with Educator Micro-credentials, but others are following
  • There is a technical standard for Micro-credentials (Open Badges) to ensure an earner can collect them from anywhere and share them with who they wish (LinkedIn is Open Badges Compliant)
  • Educators should ask vendors who say their programs use Micro-credentials if (a) they are Open Badges compliant, and (b) award the credentials for competency, not simply putting time in


Micro-credentials as a Learning System

Micro-credentials and Proficiency-based Grading

Educator Micro-credentials

Student Micro-credentials

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