Micro-credentials provide teachers with recognition for the skills they develop throughout their careers and can lead to career and compensation advancement. They are also a different, yet effective, way to learn and demonstrate competency. Here are some tools and tips to assist educators in navigating a micro-credential for the first time.
Requirements are sometimes interconnected and inform each other, so it is very important to click and read through the entire micro-credential, including all requirements and rubrics, PRIOR to beginning the work. This will provide a comprehensive view and allow for more effective backward planning.
REQUIREMENTS & RUBRICS:
Requirements describe the activities of the Micro-credential; the rubrics detail quality indicators and criteria for success. Review your rubrics before, during, and after the development of your artifacts to ensure alignment.
Resources are available for each requirement. Use these resources as a way to help you check for understanding, extend your knowledge, and successfully meet the rubric criteria.
Your colleagues are also learning the micro-credentialing process. Use the Collaborate feature to interact with your peers in Discussions specific to your program. Utilize your facilitators to ask questions and receive guidance. Chances are it is a question others have as well.
Backward plan to determine when you will collect evidence based on the requirements of the micro-credential. Read the entire micro-credential before you start working and create a plan. Set goals with a colleague and mark them on your calendar. Plan the evidence you will need to collect and when. For example, if a video is part of the required evidence, it is good practice to record yourself multiple times and choose the best video.
REMEMBER: Micro-credentials are a change from the traditional learning experience. You are learning by doing and, through successful completion, demonstrating your competencies as a professional. This is not a pass-fail experience, but a reflective learning experience where you may not earn the micro-credential on the first try. If you do not earn on the first submission, you will receive feedback and have the opportunity to re-submit.