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Online Class

Microcredential Innovator - Self-Paced


The Microcredential Innovator course is designed to introduce participants to the microcredential landscape within the higher-education system. The course defines microcredentials and why microcredentials matter, and walks the learner through the microcredential planning process. This is a self-paced course  with opportunities to interact with other faculty in live sessions and discussions. Topics covered in this course include:

  • The Microcredential Landscape

  • Guiding Principles

  • Gathering Resources and Buy-in

  • Best Practices in Micocredential Design

Course Goal

The goal of the Microcredential Innovator course is to broaden the understanding of the use of microcredentials within the higher-education ecosystem among faculty and instructional design staff.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define microcredentials in the university setting and beyond.

  • Describe why microcredentials are a valuable tool for learners and employers.

  • Describe how the six dimensions (transparency, modularity, portability, relevance, validity, and equity) are connected and support each other in the creation of high quality microcredentials.

  • Explain how microcredentials can provide accessibility and  equitable learning - opportunities to all learners.  

Course Outline

This course is made up of 5 modules:


Welcome Primer

Let’s shake hands. We kick-off the course by providing participants the goal, objectives, outline key terminology and a guide on how to be successful in the course. A microcredential readiness survey will be issued to check participants prior knowledge.


Module 1: Introduction to Microcredentials

A whole new world. We start Module 1 by introducing participants to the world of microcredentials. We cover the history, driving forces, a taxonomy of terms, policy and guiding principles, and an introduction to the Texas Credentials for the Future Task Force.


Module 2: Gathering Resources

Let’s dive into some of the specifics. In Module 2, we explore the specifications of microcredentials including item identification, literature and market review, change management, collaboration, flexibility and innovation.


Module 3: Best Practices in Microcredential Design

To be the best, we must cover best practices. In this module, we cover the best practices in microcredential design to include transparency, modularity, stackability, portability, relevance, validity, accessibility, and equity.


Participants will be assessed on their engagement with each module via vignettes, interactives, practice questions, surveys, and a final assessment. 

Limited space is available. Preregister now. If you are a faculty member that currently uses a Skyepack resource in your course this microcredential course is free for you. If you are new to Skyepack, pre-register before May 1st for a 50% discount, from $500 to $250. Please click-below to follow the link.



Module 4: Deliverables & Takeaways

Let’s bring it home. In this module we wrap up the course by summarizing the key material and provide an avenue for continued exploration. Participants will complete a microcredential planning template which includes prompts covering ideation of learning targets, best practices for microcredentials, and executing a microcredential.

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