Trends | Micro-Credentials: Way Teachers Learn, Prove Expertise

CREDIT Digital Promise imageBloomBoard, a leading professional development platform for empowering educator growth, and Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in education has launched a micro-credential system for educators. Digital Promise’s report, “Making Professional Learning Count: Recognizing Educators’ Skills with Micro-credentials,” highlights the demand for personalized learning for educators. The report captured feedback from a nationally representative sample of educators on professional development and micro-credentials and found that nearly 70 percent of educators seek out both formal and informal professional learning activities to become better teachers. The micro-credential platform provides educators the ability to earn credit for informal learning, pursue learning opportunities unique to their challenges and goals, and demonstrate their application of learning in their practice, either inside or outside the classroom. To earn a micro-credential, educators select the specific competency they wish to develop, submit evidence of their competence, and receive recognition in the form of a digital badge. The inaugural batch of 100 micro-credentials are all sourced and curated by Digital Promise and are created by content experts including Relay Graduate School of Education, Center for Teaching Quality, and the University of San Diego’s Mobile Technology Learning Center around topics like Deeper Learning, Data Literacy, and Teacher Leadership.

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