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What are micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are a relatively new concept in education. They are a form of certification — typically symbolically represented as a digital badge — that operate as a stamp of approval for mastery of a particular skill.

Micro-credentials follow the paradigm of competency-based professional learning by allowing educators to focus on a discrete skill related to their practice — for instance, checking for student understanding — and collect the evidence — such as classroom videos or student work — to demonstrate ability in that specific skill.

Just as SCECHs operate as Michigan’s reward system for honoring teachers for the time they spend on their professional development, micro-credentials operate as a reward system for honoring educators for the competencies they have mastered.

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“Everything You Need to Know About Micro-credentials”

Everything you need to know about micro-credentials: 1. Competency-based: Micro-credentials allow educators to focus on a discrete skill related to their practice and collect the evidence to demonstrate ability in that specific skill. 2: Personalized: Wherever you are in your understanding of a particular topic, micro-credentials allow you to pick up where you left off and move toward mastery and the practical application of skills. 3: Job-Embedded: Micro-credentials focus on skills that are relevant to the daily practices demanded of educators. 4. Research-Based: Micro-credentials are designed around skills that have been thoroughly researched, allowing educators to leverage findings demonstrated to improve their daily practice. 5. Shareable: Once educators earn micro-credentials, they can display their badges on Edmodo, LinkedIn, or a blog to signal their demonstrated competency. 6. Self-Directed: Micro-credentials allow educators to work at their own pace, regardless of their starting point, and take next steps toward competency. Learn more: michiganvirtual.org/microcredentials. Source: The Friday Institute, "Seven Lessons Learned from Implementing Micro-credentials."

 

“The SCECH vs. The Micro-credential”

SCECH vs The Micro-credential. Learners are rewarded for: Seat time vs. Evidence of learning. Context is. . Fixed vs. Personalized. What is approved? Syllabus vs. Reviewers. Learners must demonstrate: Attendance vs. Competency. Learn more: michiganvirtual.org/microcredentials

 

“7 Lessons Learned”

7 lessons learned from implementing micro-credentials: 1. Teachers who earn micro-credentials want to earn more. 2. Micro-credentials encourage teachers to apply skills to classroom practice. 3. Micro-credentials scaffold teachers to engage at an increased level of rigor. 4. Teachers can demonstrate competency/mastery in a variety of ways. 5. Instructional design and online platform matter. 6. Micro-credentials should not have a one-size-fits-all approach. 7. Many questions still exist around micro-credentials. Learn more: michiganvirtual.org/microcredentials. Source: The Friday Institute, "Seven Lessons Learned from Implementing Micro-credentials."

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MASA Micro-credential Courses

Together with the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA), we’ve designed micro-credential courses that prepare administrators and superintendents with training to address key issues within their districts.

Discounted course sections for MASA’s Horizon Leadership Academy participants:

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MEMSPA Micro-credential Courses

Together with the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA), we’ve designed micro-credential courses that prepare middle and elementary school principals with the training on topics that help them best support their students.

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Ready to earn your first micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are an innovative way for you to demonstrate and share your educational competencies. You can explore all of the micro-credential courses in our catalog using the link below!

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