Across the country, educators are seeking opportunities to personalize their professional learning. Research suggests the traditional professional learning methods—typically one-size-fits-all and top-down—don’t meet the needs of today’s educators or their students.
Micro-credentials are a promising pathway to personalizing learning for educators. They provide competency-based recognition for the skills educators learn throughout their careers, regardless of where and how they learned them. They create the opportunity for educators to reach specific, action-oriented goals and direct their professional learning in their classrooms and on their schedules.
An educator earns a micro-credential—in the form of a digital badge—by collecting and submitting evidence to demonstrate competence in a discrete, research-backed skill, making learning more relevant and meaningful.
Since 2014, Digital Promise has been building an innovative ecosystem of micro-credentials in partnership with educators, school districts, states, and professional development organizations. On our Micro-credential Platform, educators at all levels can access more than 400 competency-based micro-credentials that capture research-backed skills. These micro-credentials are developed, assessed, and awarded by more than 50 partner organizations—ranging from institutes of higher education to non-profit organizations and county offices of education.
This summer, Digital Promise is partnering with Instructure to offer micro-credentials to educators during the InstructureCon 2019 pre-conference sessions. These sessions will provide educators with many opportunities to sharpen or gain new skills to improve teaching and learning. Session topics include redefining instruction with digital tools, technology-rich professional development, blended learning, personalized instruction, and data-driven assessment.
The pre-conference sessions align with Digital Promise micro-credentials, featuring key learnings that are backed by educational research. The participants in these sessions will have time to use Canvas and other integrated technology tools to work on creating the required evidence toward earning the micro-credential during the session. When successfully earned, micro-credentials are delivered in the form of an open badge, which can then be shared by the participant for recognition from their institutions.
Senior Project Director, Educator Micro-credentials, Digital Promise