Towards a common definition of micro-credentials


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Author: Oliver, Beverley


Micro-credentials are increasingly promoted as a new and more flexible way of recognising knowledge, skills and competences. Micro-credentials are flourishing with more new brand names constantly emerging. However, acceptance and recognition of micro-credentials by employers and policy makers is hampered because, among other challenges, there is no universally recognised definition that clearly communicates to lay users, particularly learners and employers, what micro-credentials are. This study set out to address this challenge, by proposing a consensual definition, in the hope of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Qualifications; Policy

Keywords: Microcredentials; Policy analysis; Recognition of current competency; Quality assurance

Published: Paris, France: UNESCO, 2022

Physical description: 36 p.

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Also called: A conversation starter: towards a common definition of micro-credentials: draft preliminary report, September 2021

The draft preliminary report, published in 2021, is available at:

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 145.1014

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