Lena Patterson (eCampusOntario), Tannis Morgan (Vancouver Community College), Deborah Arnold (AUNEGe (French Digital University for Economics, Management))
Micro-credentialing has recently become a hot topic in policy and education. To many, this emphasis on granular recognition of skill and competency-based learning seemed to emerge overnight, caused principally by the economic, technological, social, and political shifts of an international public health crisis. However, alternative forms of recognition have deep roots in open education, open source technology and systems, and open practice. From this perspective, micro-credentials can be considered the current expression of what has been an ongoing effort to improve education across the lifespan. Many decades of research and thought leadership in alternative pathways, self-directed learning, gamification, and lifelong learning have, and will continue to, contribute to the evolution of this field. Developments such as open recognition, qualifications registries, and the laddering of MOOC offerings into formal programs further extend this landscape.
This session seeks to engage the global open education community in a visioning session to sharpen the focus on openness in micro-credentialing activity and guide open approaches to policy and practice at both the regional and global level. Examples of open micro-credentialing approaches will be shared and participants will be asked to contribute to a co-creation activity to generate a set of principles that are grounded in the deep experience of the open education community.
Open Education Handbook / Open Badges (2018). https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Open_Education_Handbook
Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_119.pdf 📄
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