Page ContentUsing Micro-credentials to Earn Professional Learning Credit MICRO-CREDENTIALS are digital badges earned by demonstrating a particular competency. Micro-credentialing requires evidence of learning in an applied setting. In this way, we assess not only what educators know but what they do with that knowledge. This connection helps us see how professional learning translates to teaching practice and ultimately to student learning opportunities (CTQ, Micro-credentials: Driving teacher learning and leadership, 2016). Click here to see a short video about micro-credentialing. Four key characteristics distinguish micro-credentials from traditional professional learning mechanisms: Competency-based. Micro-credentials focus on evidence of educators’ actual skills and abilities, not the amount of “seat time” they have logged in their learning. They require educators to demonstrate their competence in discrete skills in their practice—either inside or outside the classroom. Personalized. Teachers select micro-credentials to pursue—based on their own needs, their students’ challenges and strengths, school goals, district priorities, or instructional shifts. And they can identify the specific activities that will support them in developing each competency—including, but not limited to, traditional professional learning activities. On-demand. Micro-credentials are responsive to teachers’ schedules. Educators can opt to explore new competencies or receive recognition for existing ones on their own time, using an agile online system to identify competencies, submit evidence, and earn micro-credentials. Shareable. Educators can share their micro-credentials across social media platforms, via email, and on blogs and résumés. As a result, microcredentials are portable currency for professional learning that educators can take with them no matter where they go (CTQ, 2016). How is a micro-credential earned? 1. Teachers identify the microcredential they want to earn based on their needs and interests. 2. Teachers pursue their learning. 3. Teachers gather and submit evidence of their competence. 4. Trained assessors evaluate the evidence educators submit. Note that some micro-credentials are offered by professional learning providers outside the VCS district, and others are offered by VCS district departments. 5. Teachers earn the micro-credential and are awarded a digital badge. How do I get started? Search MyPGS for “MCR” to see a list of current offerings and register for the course of your choice. For detailed instructions, click HERE. How do I earn in-service credits? Once you have submitted your evidence and have received your digital badge or certificate from the micro-credential issuer, you are ready to submit for in-service credit. An email will be automatically generated in Canvas so that you are able to upload your digital badge or certificate to submit for credit. Typically, 3-5 in-service credits are awarded for each micro-credential, depending on the approximate amount of time it takes participants to complete the course. Where can I display my micro-credential? There are several ways you can display your micro-credential badge. Click HERE for instructions to generate a digital badge to display in your email signature. We are also currently in the process of working on integrations with Canvas and MyPGS so your badges will appear there as well. Information on displaying your badge within ClassLink can be found HERE.