A micro-credential portfolio of evidence is a set of artifacts through which participants demonstrate a discrete set of knowledge and skills that when taken as a whole, demonstrate the micro-credential competency. Artifacts demonstrate not only understanding but also application of an idea or concept. Each participant’s application of knowledge can look different in the evidence presented because it is a reflection of their authentic interactions with stakeholders, yet all participants can earn based on their unique artifacts when competencies are demonstrated.
Why doesn’t BloomBoard share artifact exemplars?
Artifacts are designed to be authentic examples of participants' practices unique to their environment and their stakeholders. Often participants request to see sample artifacts to deepen their understanding of the expectations. BloomBoard does not provide samples or exemplars.
Perhaps this analogy will help explain BloomBoard’s position on why examples are not provided. Consider the popular cooking shows on TV such as Top Chef or Chopped. On these shows, the contestants display their cooking skills by creating dishes with specific parameters of spices, ingredients, themes, and time. The chef must create a unique dish that demonstrates their ability to show competence in preparing a delicious entree or dessert.
BloomBoard provides the recipe for your success, you must supply the ingredients. You are first provided learning activities to build your understanding and practice necessary skills. Then, explicit instructions and competency indicators for each artifact are shared to set you up for success. You choose the ingredients for your unique artifacts to demonstrate mastery.