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What are Micro-creds?

Micro-credentials (micro-creds or creds) are a relatively recent, digitally enabled, approach to the accreditation of skills development and training outcomes, often in usually non-accredited, informal or non-traditional training contexts (see, BCA 2018, Learning Vault 2020).

In Australia the most recent and high-profile policy engagement with the potential of micro-creds to capture skills development can be found in a section of the recent Australian Government’s Education Council review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training (Shergold 2020).

The program model is framed by 4 key elements:

  • Capabilities – what skills, capabilities and forms of ‘value’ do communities want young people to develop (which currently go unrecognised and/or are not delivered in formal education systems)?
  • Activities – what existing or new activities will enable these capabilities to be developed?
  • Evidence – what forms of evidence – video, voice, creative, written – can be gathered to attest to the ‘value’ created?
  • Accreditation – how can this value be accredited to create trust in the micro-cred?

‘…we are currently situated in a posthuman convergence between the Fourth Industrial Age and the Sixth Extinction, between an advanced knowledge economy, which perpetuates patterns of discrimination and exclusion, and the threat of climate change devastation for both human and non-human entities…’

Rosi Braidotti (2019)