The Micro-Credential Users’ Guide

The Micro-Credential (MC) Users’ Guide offers guidelines for implementing short learning programmes at institutional level and provides links to useful tools, such as the Open Education Passport and Credit Supplement and other supporting documents. The MC User’s Guide takes into account recent developments of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) as a tool of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) for making studies and courses more transparent and thus helping to enhance the flexibility and quality of higher education.

The MC User’s Guide will equip Higher Education institutions to adequately adapt to the changes brought about modularisation of education; to improve the recognition and transfer of learning between different educational organizations as well as the world of work. This guidelines apply to any MCs designed, developed and delivered by higher education institutions (HEI). It is of paramount importance that this document is read together with other quality assurance documents and policies issued by the National Qualifications Agency and other related agencies.

Scope of Micro-Credentials in Europe

Understanding current levels of provision, strategies and future plans with regards to micro-credentials (Survey results are available here).

Future Impacts of Modularisation and Micro-Credentials on European Higher Education and list of validated scenarios

The MicroHE partnership set out to conduct a futureforesight exercise that utilises a raft of forecasting techniques in a form of a Delphi methodology. The activity essentially aimed at scenario building to map the likely impacts of microcredentials on Higher Education Institutions, the education sector and the wider society as a whole. The Delphi study consisted of 4 stages, with the intention of answering the research question of “How will further modularisation of education impact Higher Education Institutions in 5 to 10 years from now?“. Multiple perspectives were considered (pedagogical, technological, organisational and learners benefits) through the analysis of four themes.

MicroHE Final Conference

MicroHE organised its final conference as part of the EDEN 2020 Annual Virtual Conference, hosted by the Politechnica University Timisoara, Romania in virtual form. The final conference started with the keynote presentation of Anthony Camilleri, then continued in workshop form in 3 workshop sessions:

  • Impact of micro-credentials on new learner paradigms
  • Technology powering the future of micro-credentials
  • Impacts of Micro-Credentials on Institutional Processes

The numbers were impressive: over 100 participants during Anthony Camilleri’s presentation, + about 90 following on Youtube, and over 100 attendees (online and on YouTube) in each of the 3 workshops.