Our quarterly reports will 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.
Q3 2019 by the numbers:
- 279 micro-credentials awarded
- 31 new micro-credentials launched
- 3 new issuing organizations
- 1,048 new users
- 100 unique micro-credentials awarded
- 26 issuing organizations awarded micro-credentials
- 45 unique assessors made micro-credential recommendations
- Micro-credentials from 43 stacks awarded
- Educators from 28 states earned micro-credentials
- 102,827 pageviews
- 2,490 pageviews on the platform’s busiest day (August 14)
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New Platform Features
Your feedback is valuable in enhancing our ecosystem. Here are the new features we’ve launched this quarter:
- New Freshdesk integration that combines the FAQ and Contact sections of the platform into a Help Center where users can find helpful articles and contact us for support.
- Coming soon: Look out for an email in early November announcing the launch of application saving! With this new feature, educators will be able to save drafts of micro-credential submissions they have started and upload their work and save it as they go.
New and Updated Micro-credentials
|Actively Learn – Literacy-Focused Micro-credentials
We re-launched four stacks of literacy-focused micro-credentials, developed by Actively Learn. Digital Promise aims to continue to broaden its catalog of micro-credentials to support literacy instruction.
|Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative – Teaching Rural Students from Poverty
Educators demonstrate competence in understanding and structuring learning to benefit students from poverty.
|Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) – Instructional Conferencing
Leaders demonstrate competence in leading instructional conferences through a variety of structures, including strength-based feedback, active listening, using matrices to understand biases — and more.
|National AfterSchool Association – STEM Facilitation
Informal learning facilitators demonstrate competence in cultivating engaging, positive, and purposeful STEM learning environments.
|New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, the Foundation for Educational Administration developed and launched the stack, “Transforming Early Childhood Leadership,” aimed at verifying skills and skillsets for Pre-K-3 leaders.*|
|The Tennessee STEM School Designation stack of micro-credentials was developed by the Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and Battelle Education. In using the Digital Promise Micro-credential Platform, Tennessee schools show their school-wide STEM competencies.*|
|University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee launched a micro-credential bridging observation and analysis of teaching methods through a technology tool.*|
|United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) – Planning for Concept-Based Teaching and Learning
This micro-credential is designed to focus on transferable conceptual understandings, providing an effective way to develop students’ critical, creative, and reflective thinking.
|The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) launched a robust stack of micro-credentials to support coaches in their network of schools.*|
*Denotes a privately hosted micro-credential stack.
Micro-credentials and Global Partnerships!
Digital Promise is working with King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) based in Bangkok, Thailand, to develop micro-credentials to support the university staff. KMUTT is a think tank for major fields ranging from science and technology to design,education and applied linguistics.
The United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) launched its first micro-credential, Planning for Concept-Based Teaching and Learning. UWCSEA is one of the longest-established K-12 international schools in Singapore. Planning for concept-based teaching and learning is designed around transferable conceptual understandings, providing an effective way to develop students’ critical, creative, and reflective thinking.
Know an organization that we should partner with?
Discover who’s talking about micro-credentials around the web:
The Tech Edvocate
What are Digital Credentials and what do they mean for education?
Learn how micro-credentials have impacted the nation’s educators:
The Impact of Micro-credentials on Educator Practice, Odelia Younge, Senior Project Director, Educator Micro-Credentials at Digital Promise
Trailblazing the Path to Media Literacy Certification with Micro-credentials, Gail Desler, Elk Grove Unified School District
Profession-Based Learning in the Classroom, Gregg Brown, Blue Valley School District and the CAPS Network
Learner Variability in the Classroom through Micro-credentials, Wendy Xiao, Program Manager, Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise
October 16: Equity and Excellence: Innovation in American Public Education
Join Digital Promise for a morning of discussions about effective innovations that advance equity and excellence. Registration closes October 11, 2019.
October 28 – 31: iNACOL
Find our booth at the Innovation Corner and learn about what Digital Promise is currently up to!
December 7 – 11: Learning Forward Annual Conference
Join our full-day workshop on Tuesday, December 10, “Designing an Educator Micro-credential System for Impact.” Early Bird registration ends October 31. This is an excellent workshop to send partners interested in designing micro-credential solutions!
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.