“There is a revolution in personalized, professional learning on the horizon for educational leaders.”
– Dr. Susan Homes, Deputy Executive Director for Professional Learning, Illinois Principals Association
Micro-Credentials are competency-based digital badges that showcase an educators expertise in various subject areas. It is important to understand that a micro-credential is not a course, workshop, or webinar. A micro-credential is documentation of skill competence earned through assessment by a content area expert.
To begin the process, a learner reviews available micro-credentials and selects those that align with his or her professional growth plan. Once a micro-credential has been selected, the learner is provided a detailed document outlining the skill’s importance, the actions observable for skill mastery, resources to guide the participants learning, a connection between the skill and published professional standards, a listing of the artifacts to be submitted by the learner, and the rubric that will be used by the assessor to evaluate mastery. Upon successful demonstration of competence, the learner is issued a digital badge which can be added to the individual’s virtual or physical portfolio as well as his/her social networks.