Micro-Credentials in the News
Micro-certification is written about in the higher education blogs quite frequently. Check here for some easy reading on the topic.
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7 Things You Should Read About Micro Credentialing
Date: July 2017
7 interesting articles or videos showing different aspects of micro-credentials
A Critical Article. Higher Education’s Microcredentialing Craze (Ralston, S.J., 2021)
Higher Education’s Microcredentialing Craze: a Postdigital-Deweyan Critique
Postdigital Science and Education volume 3, pages 83–101 (2021)
As the value of a university degree plummets (Selingo 2017), the popularity of the digital microcredential has soared. Similar to calls for the early adoption of Blockchain technology (Ralston 2019), the so-called ‘microcredentialing craze’ could be no more than a fad, marketing hype, or another case of ‘learning innovation theater’ (Doran 2017; Maloney and Kim 2019). Alternatively, the introduction of these compact skills- and competency-based online certificate programs might augur the arrival of a legitimate successor to the four-year university diploma (Young 2017a, b). As of 2018, 20% of colleges and universities offered for-credit and non-credit microcredentials, forecasted to be 30 to 40% within a decade (Gallagher 2018). The thesis of this article is that the craze for microcredentialing reflects (1) administrative urgency to unbundle higher education curricula and degree programs for greater efficiency and profitability and (2) a renascent movement among industry and higher education leaders to reorient the university curriculum towards vocational training.
The article is organized as follows. Part 1 defines the microcredential and explains its role in the neoliberal learning economy. Part 2 narrates the declining value of the university diploma relative to the microcredential. Part 3 presents the unbundled university and explores its relation to the postdigital perspective. Part 4 reveals how the surge in microcredentialing has sparked a critical response from some quarters. Many of these critics claim that the business partnerships between universities and third-party microcredentialing platform vendors undermine higher education’s traditional mission. Part 5 describes the debate in the 1910s between the American educational philosopher John Dewey and vocational education innovator David Snedden. The aim of this historical inquiry is to demonstrate that the microcredentialers’ campaign to repurpose higher education as a delivery mechanism for vocational training is a resurgent, not a new, movement. Part 6, the article’s conclusion, proposes a postdigital-Deweyan critique of the microcredentialing craze. Also, the conclusion presents a series of suggestions for alternatives, or third-ways, between a traditional degree-based higher education model and a microcredential-dominated system of vocational education.
Open AccessRalston, S.J. Higher Education’s Microcredentialing Craze: a Postdigital-Deweyan Critique. Postdigit Sci Educ 3, 83–101 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-020-00121-8
Alternative Credential Stacking
Author: Dr. Tannis Morgan
Date: September 30, 2020
Alternative Credentials as Institutional Imperative
Author: Doug Leaderman
Date: February 6th, 2019
Alternative Credentials on the Rise
Author: Paul Fain
Date: August 27, 2020
As the Micro-Credential Market Booms, Don't Forget The Learner
Author: Kathleen Delaski
Date: October 31, 2019
Can Micro-Credentials Make Students More Future-Ready?
Date: March 6, 2020
CNA Offerings Expand To Include Microcredentials
Author: College of the North Atlantic
Date: October 2, 2020
Mentions the T shaped graduate. Third party provider: Amazon Web Services Academy
Could micro-credentials compete with traditional degrees?
Date: February 17, 2020