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A Panel Session on the Basics of Micro-Credentials

  • Date

    September 07, 2022

    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Duration

    1 hour

  • Location
    Virtual On-Demand

In a post-pandemic world, micro-credentials have been gaining increasing prominence as a way to up-skill, re-skill and transform one’s career. In all developed economies it has been identified that there is a shortage of a skilled workforce. 1,2,3 Micro-credentials are a reasonably new type of qualification that have different characteristics from normal credentials and have a primary focus on skills. Like the credential of a driving license, a micro-credential is evidence of the holder’s competence, skills, and experience. This panel session dives deeper into micro-credentials based upon the experience of the three institutions represented on the panel and looks at stacking, assessment, and quality assurance.

For the employer, a micro-credential validates a person’s knowledge, preparedness, and importantly, ability to perform given tasks. It can either be stand-alone, be an “add-on” to a qualification such as a degree or a diploma, or stacked to address broader skills (even as credit-bearing towards a higher level course). Above all it needs to be trusted and verifiable just like a driving license. This is certainly the finding of UNESCO’s paper “Towards a Common Definition of Micro-credentials”.4

As the panel moderator suggests, the credibility and delivery of micro-credentials depend upon a stable and scalable platform such as D2L’s Brightspace and when focusing on this participant numbers are in the thousands and tens of thousands.

The panel represents three segments of the micro-credential market – the university sector, the vocational sector, and the professional association sector.

Watch this video to gain access to the content that was covered in the panel discussion.

1 Canadian Federation of Independent Business. (2021, May). Business Barometer

2 European MOOC Consortium (EMC). (2020). EMC Common Microcredential Framework

3 Georgetown University Centre on Education and Workforce (2020) Workplace Basics: The Competencies Employers Want.

4 Towards a Common Definition of Micro-credentials (2022). United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Paris.


Wendy Palmer Director, Global Studio, Deakin University
Tracey Singh Director, TAFE Queensland Product Agency
Michelle Marsden Manager, Micro-credential Development, Engineers Australia
Tony Maguire Regional Director ANZ, D2L


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