Micro-Credentialing Initiative

Quoting from the article: “Micro-credentials provide individuals with portable, shareable badges that recognize the learning activities they participate in or the skills they have developed. As a result, they can both highlight the wide variety of learning activities educators engage in and facilitate the shift to competency-based learning for educators.” A company named Digital Promise has been building an econ system of micro-credentials over the past two years. It enables educators to receive recognition for the skills they have acquired over the years. It is supported by the Open Badge standard developed by Mozilla and and digital badging technology.

5 Higher Ed Trends for 2016

The five things are:

1.  Rapid growth of CBE continues (Competency Based Education), programs are further defined
2. Growth and organization of micro-credentialing
3. Adaptive learning and intelligent tutoring
4. Quick and impactful regulatory change
5.Mobile proliferation, improved access for marginalized populations

UT System Creates Competency-Based Progrma for Medical Sciences

The University of Texas system (disclaimer: I completed a master’s degree at UT-Austin) has announced that it has designed a competency-based medical sciences program, designed to be viewed on mobile devices. The system will also offer hybrid courses in this program of study. Engineering may be the next field of study to be added to this project. In 2012 the system’s Board of Regents created the Institute for Transformational Learning with $50 million in funding. It is designed to improve student access and success through the use of technology.