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Handbook of Research on Credential Innovations for Inclusive Pathways to Professions
An online representation of a credential earned (adapted from Colorado Community College System, 2014 ).
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Laying the Foundation for a Micro-Credential Strategy: Lessons Learned
Michelle Alvarez (Southern New Hampshire University, USA), Tracey F. W. Osborne (Southern New Hampshire University, USA), Karen Mayeu (Southern New Hampshire University, USA), Katie Cullen (Southern New Hampshire University, USA), Emily Masterson (Southern New Hampshire University, USA), and MaryEllen Stevenson (Southern New Hampshire University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3820-3.ch002
In 2019, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU or University) convened a Digital Credentials Lab (DCL) team to research, design, and pilot micro-credentials. The goal was to determine if there was a demand for this type of “alternative” learning experience in the market to see if it could be sustainable within the current higher education framework at the University. Through rigorous research, including both internal and external interviews, multiple pilots, and testing, the DCL sought to answer these questions and determine if micro-credentials could add more diversity to the SNHU catalog. In this chapter, the authors offer insight and experience, including findings from various pilots and learner feedback, to help inform other institutions that may be considering offering micro-credentials.
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Micro-Credentials in Higher Education
An online image created with metadata to validate the accomplishment of a specific skill or knowledge.
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Visibilization of Graduating Student Employability Skills via ePortfolio Practices: Evidence From East African HE Institutions
Indicator of an accomplishment, interest or skill that is visual, available online and can be earned in various learning environments.
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Micro Credentialing in the Landscape of Higher Education
An indicator of an accomplishment or skill, earned in various academic or professional learning environments.
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Capturing Student Achievement and Learning Pathways at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Digital Badging and the Comprehensive Learner Record
A validated indicator of knowledge, skill, ability, or level of competency that can be earned as part of a learning experience.
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New Visual Literacies and Competencies for Education and the Workplace
A graphic representation of an individual’s accomplishment, interest or demonstrated skill.
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AISAP Professional Pathways Innovations: Micro-Credentials and Credentialing Exam
A digital badge is a web-based visual graphic representing the skill or competency earned by the learner for successful demonstration of a knowledge or skill. Often digital badges are awarded as an image file with an embedded code that validates the recipient has demonstrated the skill or competency.
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Access, Relevance, and Inclusivity: Assessing What Matters Most to Virtual Faculty
A visible digital design linked to learning outcomes and used for credentialing, validating, and recognizing faculty for developing skills or competencies.
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Promoting Digital Teaching and Learning: Faculty Development Options for Distance Learning Instructors
An online symbol that indicates that an individual has completed certain requirements. Can be earned in various teaching and learning environments.
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Using Digital Badges to Design a Comprehensive Model for High-Impact Experiential Learning
A validated indicator of achievement of discrete knowledge or skills that can be issued, accessed, and displayed online. Digital badges contain verifiable metadata that provides detailed information about what the earner knows or can do as a result of earning the badge.
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Growing Oklahoma's Workforce Readiness Through Micro-Credentials
A digital indicator of an accomplishment or skill which can be issued, accessed, displayed, and verified online.
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