Micro-credentials are a new, alternative type of credential that certifies your demonstrated knowledge of a specific learned skill to employers.
Micro-credentials are personalized to your learning needs, and they’re sharable through email, digital resumes and portfolios, signature taglines, websites, and social media, such as LinkedIn.
Micro-credentials are customized building blocks for professional growth and development that provide skills to enable you to grow and advance throughout your career. You choose the skills and knowledge you believe will increase your value in the workplace.
Micro-credentials are flexible, portable, and stackable. Take classes on your time, take the digital badge with you, and stack classes to earn a more comprehensive list of skills and knowledge.
Micro-credentials are created by experts in the field using ……………… “based on a robust, standardized blueprint, grounded in instructional design best practices.”
Micro-credentials are self-directed. You create your own learning plan based on the skills your career requires.
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Digital badges help bridge the gap between employee skills and employer needs; they allow you to earn credentials in a short period of time because they are smaller than degrees and can be achieved quickly and at your own pace.
Digital badges are the visual online representation of the micro-credential; they are globally recognized and certify the skill you learned and the achievement you earned. This is valuable because it is portable, so you can be provided to employers as evidence of your achievements.
Digital badges, however, are not just images on a page. They are dynamic and store information that provides evidence of your attained knowledge, such as the institution from which it was earned, the date it was earned, the criteria required to earn it, and the evidence to show you met the criteria. This is valuable because some skills are difficult to prove to an employer or describe on a resume.
Degree seeking students who want to enhance your degree and be prepared with the necessary skills for career-readiness in the workplace environment.
Non-degree seeking learners who are already professional in the workplace and are looking to earn credentials to demonstrate additional skill sets to increase your value as employees.
Non-degree seeking learners who are interested in being a lifelong learner and increasing your knowledge and skills.
For a list of programs currently awarding badges, click here.
An effective aspect of a digital badge is the ability to immediately publicize your achievement, so others can immediately view your achievement.
Share your digital badges on social media sites, such as LinkedIn or Twitter, or incorporate your badges onto your digital resumes, e-portfolios, websites, or signature tag lines. They can even be shared through email.
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