The following is the first in a new monthly blog post series that features short, multi-mode, original ideas and thoughts about micro-credentials. For the audio-version of this post, click on the link below.
Access to learning experiences is one of the core values of BCcampus and is also prominent in post-secondary institutions across B.C. Although access means different things to different people, it often involves removing barriers to learning. Examples of current barriers to learning include time, anxiety, distraction, lack of internet access, and navigating the credential landscape (especially for new Canadians).
Post by Ross McKerlich, project manager, BCcampus
So how does this important value relate to micro-credentials? How can micro-credentials allow a learner to get around some of these barriers? To address the barrier of time, micro-credentials are short. Duration varies, but a learner does not have to invest several months or years into a micro-credential. Knowing that micro-credentials are shorter than traditional learning experiences can also help learners balance life and work commitments. Once a micro-credential is complete, students can be recognized for an in-demand competency, so the time investment yields a positive result. Micro-credentials can be delivered in many ways – not just online. For learners in rural areas, robust internet access is not a reality, and post-secondary institutions must rise to the challenge and offer a delivery method that meets student needs.
Many tools exist to ensure access to learning; micro-credentials are one more tool in the access toolbox. These short, focused learning opportunities that are flexible and agile in delivery are a powerful access tool indeed.
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