The move to micro-credentials exposes the deficiencies of existing credentials

  • Professor David Boud University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Trina Jorre de St Jorre Deakin University, Australia

Abstract

The rush to short courses and use of micro-credentials prompted by responses to the pandemic has greatly accelerated a trend already underway. However, few studies have examined the impact of short courses or micro-credentials on skills or employment outcomes, and this hasty move draws attention to major problems in the ways in which higher education credentials - macro and micro -are designed and assessed.

Author Biographies

Professor David Boud, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. 
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. 
Centre for Research on Work and Learning, Middlesex University, London, UK.

Dr Trina Jorre de St Jorre, Deakin University, Australia

Senior Lecturer, Student Achievement, Deakin Learning Futures, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. 
Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

References

Commonwealth of Australia. (2015). Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards). Canberra: Australian Government

Department of Education Skills and Employment. (2020). Short, online courses available. Retrieved from https://www.dese.gov.au/news/short-online-courses-available

Department of Jobs and Small Business. (2019). Australian Jobs 2019. Australian Government Retrieved from https://docs.employment.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/australianjobs2019.pdf

Jorre de St Jorre, T. (2019). Sharing achievement through digital credentials: Are universities ready for the transparency afforded by a digital world? In M. Bearman, P. Dawson, R. Ajjawi, J. Tai, & D. Boud (Eds.), Re-imagining University Assessment in a Digital Worlds (pp. 277–288). Switzerland: Springer.

Tholen, G., & Brown, P. (2017). Higher education and the myths of graduate employability. In R. Waller, N. Ingram & M. R. M. Ward (Eds.), Higher education and social inequalities: University admissions, experiences and outcomes (pp. 153-166). London: Routledge.

Tomaszewski, W., Perales, F., Xiang, N., & Kubler, M. (2019). Beyond graduation: Long-term socioeconomic outcomes amongst equity students. WA: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.

Published
2021-02-15
How to Cite
Boud, D., & Jorre de St Jorre, T. (2021). The move to micro-credentials exposes the deficiencies of existing credentials. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 12(1), 18-20. https://doi.org/10.21153/jtlge2021vol12no1art1023
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