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Looking at the Literature: Micro-credentials Under the Microscope

  1. 1. Photo by Yassine Khalfalli on Unsplash Looking at the Literature: Micro-credentials Under the Microscope EADTU Webinar 16th November 2021 Professor Mark Brown Dublin City University @mbrownz
  2. 2. • State of the art • State of the actual • Degrees of separation Outline… Photo by Yassine Khalfalli on Unsplash
  3. 3. 3 Photo by CDC on Unsplash “The light comes through the gaps”
  4. 4. 1. State of the art Photo by Yassine Khalfalli on Unsplash
  5. 5. Growth of micro-credentials evidenced by Google search traffic
  6. 6. Poll conducted in March 2021 in Higher Education 4.0: Certifying Your Future
  7. 7. Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash Sheepskin Effect
  8. 8. September 2021 - $5.6m
  9. 9. Photo by Chaiyaporn Atakampeewong on Unsplash “Absolute catnip to politicians” (Usher, 2021)
  10. 10. 2. State of the Actual Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash Photo by Yassine Khalfalli on Unsplash
  11. 11. Currently undertaking a major literature review on contract to European Commission
  12. 12. Major Literature Review on Micro-credentials
  13. 13. Methodology…
  14. 14. Inclusion / Exclusion Criteria… High EU Relevance…
  15. 15. 23 https://www.dcu.ie/nidl https://www.dcu.ie/nidl 87% of sample already in MC Observatory
  16. 16. MOOCs Employers HEIs
  17. 17. Report launch in March 2021…
  18. 18. 3. Degrees of separation Photo by Yassine Khalfalli on Unsplash
  19. 19. • Positioning • Drivers and attractors • Business and delivery models • Supply as opposed to demand-side • Public and private return on investment Gaps, tensions and conflicts…
  20. 20. TWIG, 2021 500,000 Canadians annually seek to complete St. John’s certificates Since 1833
  21. 21. Level of interest in micro-credentials for employee training and development (The Australian Industry Group, 2021)
  22. 22. What word best encapsulates your view?
  23. 23. Lifelong Learning § § Increase Equity
  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
  25. 25. “Rather than presenting new opportunities for social inclusion and access to education, they contribute to the privatisation of education by unbundling the curriculum and blurring the line between public and private provision in higher education” (p.14).
  26. 26. “Just as degrees are not all created equal, short-term credentials are not all created equal” (Craig, 2021). D a n g e r o f s w e e p i n g g e n e r a l i z a t i o n s https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryancraig/2021/06/11/credentials-must-be-stackable-not-sleestak-able/
  27. 27. (Presant, 2020)
  28. 28. (Selvaratnam & Sankey, 2020) https://www.acode.edu.au/pluginfile.php/8411/mod_resource/content/1/ACODE_MicroCreds_Whitepaper_2020.pdf Single Institution Model…
  29. 29. €12m
  30. 30. 2021 Report launch in January 2021… €7m
  31. 31. OECD, 2021a Increasing Supply
  32. 32. OECD, 2021b Gender Dimension
  33. 33. “Because alternative credentials are not identified in the educational attainment component of national labour force surveys or in international surveys of adult skills… evidence on their effects on earnings of large-scale populations is unavailable" (Kato, Galán-Muros & Weko, 2020, p.28).
  34. 34. OECD (2017) Education at a Glance Ireland Average
  35. 35. (Hollands & Kazi, 2019) §
  36. 36. Studying “...the relationship between MOOCs and labour market outcomes is an almost uncharted research area” (p.2).
  37. 37. A data desert!
  38. 38. Photo by Yassine Khalfalli on Unsplash Final remark…
  39. 39. 60 http://www.microcredentialssf.org
  40. 40. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you

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