Microcredentials / RMIT Creds
What are microcredentials?
There is no generally accepted definition of the term microcredential in the literature (Oliver 2019, 19). Broadly, the term refers to shorter forms of assessed learning that sit adjacent, outside or complementary to recognised qualifications (such as those defined in the AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework)).
Oliver (2019, 19) proposes the following definition for most uses:
A micro-credential is a certification of assessed learning that is less than a formal qualification.
Often (though not by definition), microcredentials are thought to address skills or certification gaps in graduates as identified by employers or business groups. It is important to interrogate both the veracity of the claims by such groups in this context and whether such needs should be served by public education providers responsible for graduating students in discipline-specific and research-led knowledges (Ralston 2020).
Nevertheless microcredentials, having replaced massive open online courses (MOOCs) before them, are currently one the most hyped trends in education.
Oliver, Beverley (2019), Making micro-credentials work for learners, employers and providers, Deakin University: Geelong.
Ralston, SJ, (2020), Higher Education’s Microcredentialing Craze: a Postdigital-Deweyan Critique, Postdigital Science Education (May).
RMIT University (2020), RMIT Creds, RMIT University: Melbourne. <https://www.rmit.edu.au/staff/teaching-supporting-students/rmit-creds>. Last accessed: June 2020.
What are RMIT Creds?
At RMIT University, RMIT Creds are defined as “a range digital micro-credentials designed to help students develop industry-ready skills. Creds range from 30-minute learning experiences to more intensive online programs running over several weeks. Once successfully completed, students can claim a digital badge and share it on social media” (RMIT University 2020).
RMIT Creds are developed by RMIT Studios, a group within the Education Portfolio.
How can the digital learning team in DSC help?
RMIT Creds FAQ
Where can I learn more about RMIT Creds?
Where can I get support for RMIT Creds?
Specific support channels are available, for example, if a student is unable to access their badge.
It should be your first contact for microcred-related questions.
What is the process for embedding a cred in your assessment, course or program?
There are four stages to planning your use of a cred:
Can students access RMIT Creds when creds aren’t embedded in a course or program?