Microcredentials offer a flexible and effective approach to upskilling. If you have decided to incorporate microcredentials into your LMS, here are a few suggestions on tools to use and how to implement them.
There are so many tools available to deliver your microcredentials content. The best policy is to adopt a mix and match approach, where you offer different types of content, based on the topic and the depth you wish to go into.
A lecture or seminar component gives your participant the opportunity to learn about the latest trends or research in your field. This could be delivered online or offline, face-to-face or via web conferencing tools such as BigBlueButton or Zoom.
You can also embed pre-recorded videos into your learning platform or create more traditional material such as PDFs or links to relevant websites.
Give participants the opportunity to attend online conferences as part of their exposure to skills, best practices, and trends. Tools such as YouTube Live can be used to stream this kind of content to private areas of your learning platform.
Microcredentials Assessment: Check and measure
You might want participants to complete tests, assignments, and projects to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge.
Indeed, assessment is an integral part of learning but is often overlooked when offering training online. Microcredentials may be more compact than traditional courses, but assessment can still be delivered effectively.
Participants could present a portfolio of work to their team or to their line manager to demonstrate their skillset in a particular area of expertise. This can be integrated within your LMS using the popular e-Portfolio software Mahara.
An assessment component, such as tests, assignments, or practical exercises can form an integral part of the microcredentials earning process. Assessments can be automated to make this component more viable if you are operating your micro-credentials at scale.
Finally, participants can demonstrate they can successfully apply their skills in the workplace by uploading video evidence directly within the LMS platform.
Proof of learning: Certification
When applying for a promotion or moving onto a new job, participants may need to demonstrate their new skills to others. This is where certificates come in.
These should be:
A third party should be able to scan a QR code or input a code to see who has issued the certificate and verify its authenticity.
The participant should easily be able to share evidence of learning to a social media platform or use it as evidence for potential employers.
To ensure privacy, participants should be able to control who has access to view their certificates.
Microcredentials work best when you apply a bit of creativity. The best approach is to make sure they are practical and easy to navigate, with some element of assessment, so learners can measure their progress.
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