Happy New Year! We are very excited about continuing the growth of the micro-credential ecosystem in 2020, and are grateful for your continued partnership toward our mission and goals. Last year we accomplished some BIG things, including the launch of both our resubmission and save features, and thousands of awarded micro-credentials. This year, our quarterly reports will continue to provide insight into our growing micro-credential ecosystem, with easy-to-find information from the last quarter. We also highlight news and notes that capture the growth of the ecosystem, including new platform features and information about where micro-credentials are being earned. Note that this is an internal report. Please do not distribute.
Please email us if you would like to dive deeper into anything from the reports.
Q4 2019 by the numbers:
- 737 micro-credentials awarded
- 20 new micro-credentials launched
- 2 new issuing organizations
- 1,509 new user accounts
- 165 unique micro-credentials awarded
- 35 issuing organizations awarded micro-credentials
- 66 unique assessors made micro-credential recommendations
- Micro-credentials from 68 stacks awarded
- Educators from 30 states earned micro-credentials
- 129,676 pageviews
- 466 pageviews on the platform’s busiest day (October 28)
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New Platform Features
Your feedback is valuable in enhancing our ecosystem. This quarter, we’ve launched:
- Application Saving: Learners are able to save drafts of micro-credential submissions they have started and return to complete them at a later time.
New and Updated Micro-credentials
|University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Teacher Leadership
Educators investigate methods for professional learning and address factors that may hinder teacher development within urban schools, then create a professional development plan to build capacity for student learning.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Analysis of Classroom Instruction II*
Educators show competency in working with data to inform equitable classroom research inquiries.
|The Friday Institute at North Carolina State University – Responsible Decision-Making
Educators focus on identifying strengths or challenges related to responsible decision-making and use strategies to support student learning. The micro-credential also shares strategies and tools for educators, including the Learner Variability Navigator.
|Digital Promise – Computational Thinking for Youth*
Digital Promise has developed 10 micro-credentials on computational thinking skills for high school students. Through three stacks—Computational Modeling, Data, and Programming & Algorithms—students demonstrate their skills in algorithmic thinking, computational tools and models, debugging, programming, data analysis and organization, and creating visualizations. The purpose of these micro-credentials is for students to demonstrate competencies that will be indicators of success in the workforce and beyond high school.
If you are interested in using these micro-credentials with your students, please contact us.
|228 Accelerator – equityXdesign*
Through this stack of five micro-credentials, school leaders show their skills in becoming a reflective practitioner, relationship-building, and equity-centered design in their own leadership practice as well as their organization’s.
*Denotes a privately hosted micro-credential stack.
Partners and Programs
228 Accelerator is an equity accelerator that facilitates the creation and transformation of schools and education organizations, whose mission is to empower a new generation of school designers to build a new generation of schools, education organizations, and educational practices that redesign relationships for equity. To learn more about 228 Accelerator’s private stack of micro-credentials, please contact us.
Expanding User Research
The Digital Promise Micro-credential team has expanded its user research program to include quarterly focus groups and ongoing submission surveys. If you know educators who would be willing to take part (both those who have earned micro-credentials and those with accounts waiting to earn micro-credentials), please contact us.
Keep your eyes on this space to learn of highlights from these new data research streams.
Do you have an idea on expanding your micro-credential work? Would you like to collaborate on a grant?
Discover who’s talking about micro-credentials around the web:
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Micro-credentials offer quick educational advances for some Nevadans
Learn how micro-credentials have impacted the nation’s educators:
New Micro-credentials Added to Digital Promise Ecosystem, Kristen Franklin, Micro-credential Development Manager at Digital Promise
Recognizing Skills of Afterschool Professionals with Micro-credentials, Heidi Ham, Vice President of Programs and Strategy, National AfterSchool Association
Innovating Professional Learning with Micro-credentials, Bruce Duncan, Director of Innovation, Teaching, and Learning for Burlingame School District in Burlingame, California
Demonstrating the Impact of Powerful Learning: HP Teaching Fellows and Micro-credentials, Odelia Younge, Senior Project Director, Educator Micro-Credentials at Digital Promise
Connect with Us: Upcoming Events/Workshops
- January 15-16: Digital Promise Micro-credential Issuer Convening (Virtual)
- February 11-12: IMS Global Digital Credentials Summit (Atlanta, Georgia)
- May 5-6: Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) Fourth National Competency-Based and Micro-credential Summit (Louisville, Kentucky)
- June 27: Badge Summit (Location TBA)
- June 28-July 1: ISTE (Anaheim, California)
Going to one of these events/workshops? Let us know so we can connect!
Connect with us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about our micro-credential ecosystem.