Micro-credentials and digital badging are things that I’ve been thinking about for a while. There have been some great discussions over recent months about this.
I’m currently looking at learning more about how digital badging might work in a range of contexts including foundation learning.
NZQA is looking to join the conversation. They are asking for consultation about recognising micro-credentials within NZ’s regulated education and training system.
I have mixed thoughts about this.
On the one hand, it could be great if established tertiary education organisations could recognise and use high-quality micro-credentials from industry or business. For example, what if you could get credit for your Microsoft certificate as part of your degree in computer science or similar.
On the other hand, micro-credentials represent, to me at least qualities like staying agile, creating dynamic training, having systems that evolve and learn, and possibly leveraging cutting-edge tech like blockchain. And this all seems like the opposite of how NZQA operates historically.
In my experience, anyway.
Perhaps this is all changing. Excellent if it is.
However, if you’ve got something to say about micro-credentials, if you have any kind of skin in the training game, if you could see yourself benefiting or being harmed by NZQA regulation of micro-credentials you should read the white paper and do the survey.
Or at least chime in below with your opinion.