We are deeply involved in bringing competency-based approaches into educator preparation, credentialing and professional development. To further this effort, the Friday Institute has begun developing a series of micro-credentials for teachers, coaches and administrators. These micro-credentials often support and extend the learning opportunities offered in the MOOC-Eds but can also be earned by educators within or outside of the context of the course.
- Self-directed. Teachers can pursue the micro-credentials by participating in a MOOC-Ed, through other professional learning activities, or on their own.
- Job-Embedded. Each of the micro-credentials is directly tied to classroom practice and provides a scaffolded approach to building useful classroom skills.
- Competency-Based. Micro-credentials must measure an educator’s demonstrated ability to apply specific skills in the classroom context.
- Research-Based. Micro-credentials are designed around skills that have been thoroughly researched and have a demonstrated import on classroom practice.
Digital Promise: Micro-credentials to Support Learner Variability in the Classroom
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and Digital Promise Global’s Learner Variability Project collaborated to create a set of micro-credentials for educators as they design learning experiences specifically for each of their diverse learners.
Research and Educator Micro-Credentials White Paper
Micro-credentials offer an important opportunity for educators to strengthen their professional learning. The Friday Institute has completed the validation process for six micro-credentials, with another 20 nearly complete as of December 2018.
Seven lessons learned from implementing micro-credentials
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