Educator micro-credentials are gaining more mainstream acceptance, but it’s important to ensure the process surrounding micro-credentials is grounded in rigorous research, according to a new whitepaper from Digital Promise.

The whitepaper highlights Digital Promise’s micro-credentialing framework and takes a close look at the processes involved in producing educator micro-credentials.

The potential of these educator micro-credentials lies in their ability to help educators bolster their professional learning at scale, according to the report–they leverage an online tech platform that gives access to “competency-based, on-demand, personalized, and shareable opportunities to demonstrate and be recognized for their professional learning.”

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The system is widely considered a step up from traditional professional development, which is often not tailored to individual educators’ needs or preferences and can be much less engaging and motivating.

Even though early adopters are singing the praises of educator micro-credentials, they still need research to encourage widespread and mainstream acceptance, the whitepaper’s authors write.

Drafting educator micro-credentials

Research from Digital Promise demonstrates how the development of educator micro-credentials has expanded across state education agencies and school districts. When research-based organizations translate their work into micro-credentials, it gives educators the ability to access resources that strengthen their instructional skills and give them new knowledge into critical areas of teaching and learning.

Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura