SXSWedu 2016

Microcredentials: Bridge from education to career


Higher ed is seeing the beginnings of a consumer-driven world in which the traditional constructs of education are replaced by unbundled offerings focused on competency-based learning and credentialing. Students fill shopping carts with portable, stackable credentials, allowing them to move through education more efficiently, demonstrate mastery at their own pace and focus on courses most relevant to their intended career. But how realistic is this vision of the future, and what may be lost on the way?

Most higher ed institutions still have their feet planted firmly in traditional credentials. And some of most innovative institutions have not embraced competency-based learning.

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  1. Discuss the drivers of the micro-credentialing trend and weigh the benefits and risks of this new model for education.
  2. Understand the type of learning ecosystem necessary to support micro-credentialing, and what this will mean for instructors and students.
  3. Outline what institutions must do to prepare for a world dominated by micro-credentialing.



Brian Belardi, Dir, Communications, McGraw-Hill Education

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