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Creating a Microcredentials Hub

Thinking about the power of skill-sharing in our learning communities, I created a microcredentials hub. It includes a variety of options – from What is Personalized Learning? 101to an overview of Hapara Workspace! (Fair warning: this is a minimally-viable product. You won’t see fancy bells and whistles – I made it via Google Sites, Google Docs, and the assessment is a Google Form.)

Launched a few months ago, it has already led teachers at my school to take direct action to better personalize learning for students. It has also give me, as an administrator with little control over formal school-wide PD, more power to bring relevant resources in front of teachers without working through bureaucracy.

In addition, because there is a brief assessment component at the end of every microcredential, it allows me to identify early adopters around a specific program or concept (like personalized learning), and connect with them and/or provide them additional in-person support. I’ve already had 5 meaningful conversations with staff simply because they completed a microcredential and I had further resources for them.


Read more in More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products at


Micro-credentials making it into the mainstream. 



A pioneer of these new online degrees has been MIT, which offered its first MicroMasters degree in 2015, in conjunction with EdX, in supply chain management. The program follows the same curriculum as MIT’s in-person master’s program, except that it covers only about 30 percent of that material (which is why it’s a “micro” degree). That means students take five courses (and pay $1,000 in fees) to get the MicroMasters. There’s no admissions process, so if a student can do the work, he or she can earn the credential. And for students in the online program who do well enough to gain admission to MIT’s in-person master’s, the online credits transfer, making that degree less expensive.

In Straight A’s Don’t Tell the Whole Story: In Support of K-12 Microcredentials at


“In education, we’re no longer built to be a ‘conveyor belt system’ anymore; at the same time, we’re reconnecting with broader concept of learning. There are skills beyond math and writing that make us competitive. Our edge in the United States is not to say we’re better than others in these areas. Rather, it has always been creativity and innovation. We’re a little weird; that’s our advantage. We’re stubborn and want to do things differently. Our strength is our insubordination.”

What is it and what can it do? Microcredentials are a great new way to approach skill acquisition without earning degrees or certification.  Read more in this publication: Customizing Professional Development Through Microcredentials at