Microcredentials to Advance Careers

Microcredentials to Advance Careers

In a competitive environment, universities must be nimble and able to pivot to changing market needs. With strategic partnerships and innovation, Miami’s E-Campus will support university-wide opportunities for developing microcredentials.

In order to attract new students from all career stages, this proposal provides a portfolio approach to Miami University, with options to obtain market-driven microcredentials in addition to traditional degrees and certificates.

Possible microcredentials may be earned in:

  • Technical writing
  • Education licensure
  • Chemical dependency counseling
  • Customer service
  • Social global computing
  • Aging services and more

Microcredentials are recorded as virtual badges that include the specialized outcomes or skills earned and are verifiable online by an employer or other institution. The idea represents an outside-in strategic approach to the changing educational landscape because student needs drive the packaging of credentials.

Leading Faculty and Staff on the Project

Janet Hurn
Senior Director of Regional E-Campus and Senior Instructor of Physics

Ryan Baltrip
Director of Digital Learning Initiatives, eLearning (Oxford)

Cheryl D. Young
Assistant Provost,
Global Initiatives

Impact:

Microcredentials will offer Ohioans simple, convenient, accessible and affordable academic options to help them attain jobs or to advance in their careers while more rapidly providing employers with skilled employees.

Level of Investment:

$170,400 initial investment