Micro-credentials, Nanodegrees & College Degrees of the Future



Video Description from Transforming EDU CES

Microcredentials? Nanodegrees? Just-in-time learning? We’ll take a peek at the state of MOOCs and how members of enormous learning communities are now completing a new generation of skills and credentials-based education. From content to campuses to credentials, we’re on it.

Moderator:

Jeffrey R. Young, Senior Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education

Panelists:

Mike Buttry, Vice President for Public Affairs, Capella Education Company
Ryan Craig, Managing Director, University Ventures
Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder & CEO, Credly
Melissa Loble, VP of Partners and Programs, Instructure

Micro-credentials

Now, a deeper dive on micro-credentials through an infographic submitted by a UniversityWebinars reader.

What Are Micro-credentials?

Description of the Micro-crednetials Infographic: These days it might not be enough to stay on top of your job, but you are likely expected to stay on top of your education and gain micro-credentials in order to hone your skills and bulk up your resume. Micro-credentials are similar to certifications. Students or professionals are able to take courses to develop specific skills in different fields. There are thousands of choices and can include topics such as customer service e-mail etiquette, applying leadership skills in the workplace, or teaching writing in K-12 classrooms. Other names for micro-credentials are: digital badges, micro-certifications, web badges, mini-degrees, nano-degrees.

Earning a micro-credential is very much like taking a shortened version of a college course including online courses as well as traditional. It might take four weeks to a year, depending on the skills being developed and the expectations of the course. For a badge, you may have to complete a number of assignments, attend lectures, present a portfolio of work on the subject, pass assessments or skills tests, attend national/international conferences, or display application of knowledge in a work setting. Sites that offer micro-credentials include openbadges.org, educase.edu, edX.org, Generalassemb.ly, DavinciCoders.com, and Udacity.com.

How important are micro-credentials? Both employers and employees agree that gaining skills for professional development is just smart. In a survey of human resource managers across different industries, 95% were interested in the micro-credentials of potential hires. 76% of employees desire opportunities for career growth. In 2014 there was a 15% increase in spending by employers for training and development.

What is your experience with micro-credentials, nanodegrees, certifications, badges, etc.? Let us know your experience, insights, or thoughts in the comments.



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