Automation and artificial intelligence are causing widespread employment changes (McClelland, 2020). To mitigate the more corrosive impacts of this disruption, it is believed that education to address the skills mismatch between company requirements and current labor capabilities is a crucial component of a needed solution.
A potential answer to delivering workforce education at scale is found in micro-credentials, which have been proven to offer career advantages for employed college-educated and non-college educated workers. Micro-credentials are regarded as a viable solution to providing workforce education at scale.
What Makes a Good Micro-Credential?
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCES- Micro-credentials should be tied to real-world experiences rather than theoretical knowledge. Both recruiters and hiring managers are looking for candidates with practical skills and completed projects relevant to their recruiting requirements. Micro-credentials based on real-world experience may be a significant difference in the job market.
AWARENESS- A culture of awareness must be created around the micro-credential. There is a need to raise awareness among consumers (students) to know the importance of listing the aspects of the micro-credential on their resumes and job profiles (e.g., LinkedIn). There is a need to raise awareness among hiring managers and recruiters about the importance of these certificates.
A good micro-credential is:
- Competency-based, reflecting skills and competencies mastered;
- Endorsed by the issuing institution as a whole;
- Developed through industry or local governance processes; and
- Meaningful and high-quality learning standards, assessments, and precise documentation of mastered skills have meaning beyond one classroom, one program, or the institution. Students can use a micro-credential to share their expertise with prospective employers, those hiring for internship opportunities, and other academic institutions.
It’s all about our dedication to the achievement of each student and the importance of personalized education for upskilling or reskilling. Micro-credentials have many possible applications: Micro-credentials can be used to motivate current employees to persist; as an add-on to an existing degree program, micro-credentials enable employees to differentiate themselves by mastering skills complementary to their chosen field of study.
McClelland, C. (2020, July 1). The impact of artificial intelligence—Widespread job losses. IoT For All. https://www.iotforall.com/impact-of-artificial-intelligence-job-losses/