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Certifying Your Future: Making Sense of Micro-credentials

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Invited [online] presentation for ICBE / Skillnet, 14th July, 2020.

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Certifying Your Future: Making Sense of Micro-credentials

  1. 1. Prof. Mark Brown & Prof. Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl @mbrownz & @mngm1 National Institute for Digital Learning Dublin City University 14th July 2020 Certifying Your Future: Making Sense of Micro-credentials
  2. 2. • What are they? • Why focus on them? • How might Ireland respond? Certifying Your Future: Making Sense of Micro-credentials
  3. 3. • How would you rate your current knowledge of micro-credentials? Starter Question
  4. 4. “Micro-credentials should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011)
  5. 5. 1.What are they?
  6. 6. “A micro-credential is a certification of assessed learning that is additional, alternate, complementary to or a formal component of a formal qualification” (Oliver, 2019, p. i).
  7. 7. Type 1 x Axis Vertical Life-Long Learning Formal & Non-formal Stackable Credit-bearing
  8. 8. Type 2 y axis Horizontal Life-wide Learning Informal & Non-formal
  9. 9. Type 3 Diagonal Professional Non-formal & Semi-formal
  10. 10. Credit Bearing Non Credit Bearing Bundled Unbundled Credential Ecology
  11. 11. Formal Accredited Degrees Credit Bearing Non Credit Bearing Bundled Unbundled Credential Ecology
  12. 12. Formal & Semi-Formal Micro-credentials Non-Formal & Informal Badges Formal Accredited Degrees Credit Bearing Non Credit Bearing Semi-Formal Short Courses Bundled Unbundled Credential Ecology
  13. 13. 2. Why a focus on them?
  14. 14. 2018 Changing nature of work!
  15. 15. • How much weight do Irish employers give to micro-credentials when hiring? Follow Up Question
  16. 16. 2019
  17. 17. 3. How might Ireland respond?
  18. 18. Beyond Warm Body Badges
  19. 19. Credit-bearing
  20. 20. Badges & micro-credentials Commercial in Confidence
  21. 21. http://www4.dcu.ie/nidl Further Info
  22. 22. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you

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