Professional Growth Guaranteed By Incorporating Micro-Credentials

Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Micro-credentials are a consolidation of all the extra indulgence the educators utilize to enable a full understanding of the concept among the students and enhance their professional growth.

FREMONT, CA: Teachers and Educators are constantly engaged in researching creative skills to assist their students and create a better understanding of the course. Most of the methods they have incorporated are dependent on each student, and the skills the student possesses. Micro-credentials aims to consolidate the efforts of the educators and support them by providing various incentives and reference materials for assistance. Micro-credentials have four main design traits:

1. Competency: the goal has to be to educate the students by demonstrating how the skill can be applied, not by just completion of the course.

2. On-demand: Educators have the freedom to work on a specific skill conveniently whenever need be.

3. Shareable: Educators can be creative and share the micro-credential similar to other professional accomplishments.

4. Personalized: Educators can choose courses that are suitable for their specific needs and skills instead of availing from long-term seminars. 

Although micro-credentials are unlike traditional learning models, there are a few common characteristics. Each unit in the module is constructed around a clear learning goal. The units are built on a strong foundation based on research and assist the educators by providing a selected list of references for learning the skill and for detailed reading. The educator can demonstrate mastery of skill and submit evidence of the skill along with a rubric for assessment. In the Digital Promise ecosystem, evidence of excellence can include a project or a chapter with evaluation metrics, work samples by students, or recordings of interaction in the classroom. An avenue where the micro-credentials are divergent from other disciplines of informal learning is that it creates a compulsion for the educator to demonstrate the skill. The various numbers of micro-credentials are stackable as several units are offered on a single topic which develops different skills. Since it is compulsory for the teachers to demonstrate each ability, the chances are more for the numerous implementations in the classroom. A majority of the micro-credential programs also offer feedback on account of submissions and promoting continued growth. There are several schools, which are offering incentives for completion of micro-credentials. It is not only enabling growth for the children but also creates a dimension for professional development for teachers.



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