by Linda Facchini, the Teaching & Learning Centre
in the December 2018 issue
Micro-credentialing is a growing trend in education and employee development whereby organizations award recognition for the achievement of specific skills and competencies. For instance, academic institutions may offer micro-credentials to students for employability skills gained through co-curricular activities. Employers may grant micro-credentials to staff upon completion of a training program or employee development course. Professional organizations may award micro-credentials as demonstration of professional certifications or for specific technical skills.
Micro-credentials are commonly represented by digital badges. A digital badge is more than just a graphic emblem; it is a verifiable, meaningful, and sharable token of achievement. Packaged within the badge are the following important data:
Digital badges can be shared across the web via storage and display services known as digital backpacks, social media profiles or personal websites, e-portfolios, and blogs. This allows badge earners to assemble a complete record of educational and professional achievements that can be viewed by prospective employers, college and university admissions departments, colleagues, and clients.
As part of Seneca’s Digital Learning Strategy, the Teaching & Learning Centre is pleased to offer micro-credentials to all Seneca faculty in support of professional development accomplishments
Micro-credentials can be earned for completion of Teaching & Learning Centre courses, online modules, conferences, and workshops. There are many benefits to micro-credentials for faculty:
Earn your own badges!Browse our current list of micro-credentials. Check back often as we expand our offerings.
To learn more about digital badges, visit Open Badges.
View the December 2018 issue of the Academic Newsletter.