Strategically, it is believed that in the long-term micro-credentials will become a major pillar of university service, alongside teaching of degrees and research. In quantitative terms, we expect to see a steady linear growth curve in the number of certified micro-credentials, with a shape similar to that of the growth in MOOCs.
MicroHE aims to provide the most comprehensive policy analysis yet conducted of the impact of modularisation, unbundling and micro-credentialing in European Higher Education, and will address the challenges described above by:
- Gathering the state of the art in micro-credentialing in European Higher Education today, by organizing the first European survey on micro-credentials in HE, surveying at least 70 institutions across the continent, with the aim of understanding the current level of provision, the types of micro-credentials offered and future trends in provision of micro-credentials
- Forecasting the impacts of continued modularisation of Higher Education on HE Institutions by using forward-scanning techniques, specifically through the use of DELPHI methodology
- Examining the adequacy of European recognition instruments for micro-credentials, in particular ECTS, the diploma supplement and qualification frameworks
- Proposing a ‘credit supplement’ to give detailed information about micro-credentials in a way compatible with ECTS, the diploma supplement and qualification frameworks
- Proposing a meta-data standard and developing an online clearinghouse to facilitate recognition, transfer and portability of micro-credentials in Europe.
National workshop purpose
- Communicate to the relevant policy makers and stake-holders the road towards making the above vision of an online clearinghouse of a trustworthy, transparent European brand of credentials a reality.
- Get feedback from relevant players on how the project vision and especially the online clearinghouse should be refined and improved to be best aligned with European policy goals.
- Define a way forward to ensure that the vision gets implemented and contributes to Europe’s educational stakeholders’ long term competitiveness on the world stage and to maintaining and disseminating core European values.
- Send a strong public message about the commitment of all involved to take all the steps necessary to ensure a strong positive impact of policy-designed technology on European Education area and economy and society.
Three parts event
- A discussion breakfast with a small group of key players focused on initial discussions and networking.
- A half-day plenary session with presentations from the project and invited outside speakers from research and policy.
- A screening session where a small group of enablers will discuss and plan the next steps for the clearinghouse vision
|09:30-09:45||Introduction: Mihajela Crnko, Jozef Stefan Institute
|09:45‑11:30||Moderator: Klemen Šubic, NAKVIS
|11:30‑12:00||Moderator: Klemen Šubic, Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
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- Support Learning Through Micro-credentialing – the Case of the MicroHE initiative
- Utilizing a Meta-Data Standard for Digital Credentials and Recognition of Open Learning
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