Professional learning is a collaborative experience, and we recognize that educators may choose to work with their peers to develop the competencies required to earn a micro-credential. It is important to remember that while elements of a micro-credential may be completed by a team of educators who worked together, every micro-credential submission must be unique and reflect the efforts of the individual educator who is submitting it.
Here are some quick guidelines to follow when collaborating with other educators on a micro-credential:
- Each individual's submission must be unique. Assessors will deny submissions that are identical.
- Certain pieces of evidence (such as data analysis, student work samples, classroom images, etc.) may be shared among submissions. This should be based on and relevant to the micro-credential's requirements and the educators' teaching contexts.
- Evidence such as reflections, classroom overviews, and annotations should reflect the thoughts and effort of an individual educator and must be unique.
- In Part 1 of the submitted evidence, educators should include a note to the assessor explaining that collaboration with other educators occurred. Educators are also encouraged to include a brief rationale explaining why a collaborative approach was used for that particular micro-credential. (Note: that educators should keep their identity and the identities of educators with whom they collaborated anonymous.)