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Mark Brown - State of affairs Microcredentials

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State-of-Affairs for Micro-credentials:
Modularisation in Continuing Education
Professor Mark Brown
Dublin City University...

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  1. 1. State-of-Affairs for Micro-credentials: Modularisation in Continuing Education Professor Mark Brown Dublin City University 17th June 2021 Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash
  2. 2. Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash
  3. 3. Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash
  4. 4. • Full disclosure • Reviewing the literature • State of art vs. state of actual Outline… Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash
  5. 5. Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash Full Disclosure Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash
  6. 6. DCU Futures… €20m
  7. 7. €12m
  8. 8. Report launch in March 2021…
  9. 9. €7m
  10. 10. 2021 Report launch in January 2021…
  11. 11. Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash Reviewing the Literature Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash
  12. 12. "Despite an increasing volume of these new credentials, great uncertainty persists. Definitions and taxonomies to structure these new credentials have not been widely agreed. The extent of their offer remains uncertain, evidence of their impacts is scant, and the response of governments to these new offerings has not been systematically documented" (Kato, Galán-Muros & Weko, 2020, p.7).
  13. 13. 23 https://www.dcu.ie/nidl https://www.dcu.ie/nidl
  14. 14. Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash State of Art vs. State of Actual
  15. 15. Definitions
  16. 16. • An inherent tension in how micro-credentials are positioned in the literature • Viewpoints range from alternative or supplementary credentials to those embedded in mainstream educational offerings • Very few higher education institutions are using micro-credentials as a means of fundamentally disrupting traditional credentials and qualifications Definitions
  17. 17. “Instead of promoting higher education institutions to unbundle existing macro-credentials as alternative or supplementary short learning programmes, a more useful, disruptive and imaginative conception of micro-credentials is to use them as a means of forging new partnership models with industry stakeholders. After all, the term micro-credential may be novel but short courses are already long-standing practices” (Brown, et al., 2021). Definitions
  18. 18. Drivers
  19. 19. "It appears that these organisations have different motivations to enter this market. HEIs offer alternative credentials for several reasons, including increasing their visibility and reputation, experimenting with new pedagogies and technologies, generating additional income or reducing costs, as well as increasing their responsiveness to leaners’ and labour markets’ demands” (Jansen and Schuwer, 2015; cited in Kato, Galán-Muros & Weko, 2020, p.21). Drivers
  20. 20. (Duklas, 2020) Access Drivers
  21. 21. 2021 Labour Market Drivers
  22. 22. Drivers
  23. 23. Drivers
  24. 24. 38 “The so-called ‘microcredentialing craze’ could be no more than a fad, marketing hype, or another case of ‘learning innovation theater.’ New Learning Economy Drivers
  25. 25. Impact
  26. 26. "Do alternative credentials result in increased opportunities for employment, advancement and earnings? The labour market impact of credentials may result from skills gained in the course of acquiring alternative credentials, making workers more productive; or they may result from improved signalling of graduate skills, permitting employers to more reliably identify the quality of skills possessed by candidates; or some combination of the two” (Kato, Galán-Muros & Weko, 2020, p.28). Impact
  27. 27. “Because alternative credentials are not identified in the educational attainment component of national labour force surveys or in international surveys of adult skills (such as PIAAC), evidence on their effects on earnings of large-scale populations is unavailable" (Kato, Galán-Muros & Weko, 2020, p.28). Impact
  28. 28. Final remarks… Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash
  29. 29. “You can shake sand from your shoes but not from your soul”. Final remarks… Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash
  30. 30. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you

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