Making micro-credentials work: A student perspective





Micro-credentials, digital badges and industry-recognised certificates have been attracting considerable attention in recent years and with the disruption of many jobs due to the pandemic, interest in continuing education has grown. Micro-credentials represent an alternative approach to career and professional development (Ghasia, Machumu, & De Smet, 2019, p. 219; LaMagna, 2017, p. 207). These credentialed … industry aligned short units of learning’ are described by Wheelahan & Moodie (2021, p. 212) as an extension of ‘21st century skills’ and the discourse of employability in higher education. Graduate employability has become heavily integrated into modern higher education policy frameworks, but what does this actually mean from a student perspective?


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Author Biographies

Kaleb Oxley, Deakin University, RMIT University

Kaleb Oxley is a Law graduate at Deakin Law School and presently completing his final year of Aviation cross-institutionally at RMIT School of Engineering. 

Tristan van Rooyen, Deakin University

Tristan van Rooyen is presently completing a double undergraduate degree in Law and Science at Deakin University.


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How to Cite

Oxley, K., & van Rooyen, T. (2021). Making micro-credentials work: A student perspective: Provocation. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 12(1), 44–47.