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The Rise of Microcredentials in Education
Are you often frustrated by professional development that’s not relevant, personalized or specific enough to your actual classroom instruction?
Whether we like it or not, educators are required to continue their learning through professional development. As you may know (depending on where you are certified), many states even require re-certification documentation of PD on a three- to five-year cycle. The problem is, often the only professional development opportunities available to us are organized for groups of teachers, and regularly for a whole school or division, so they’re not specific enough to give you the tools needed to apply what you learned to your individual classroom.
If this sounds like your experience with PD, we have a perfect solution for you: microcredentials!
Microcredentials are like a mini-degree or certification in a certain topic area. They can be broad, such as “Assessment Techniques,” or specific, like “Using video to enhance your lessons”. Basically, microcredentials are a new professional development model where we take the best teaching practices we use with students and apply them to professional development opportunities for educators.
What makes microcredentials a great professional development tool?
Microcredentials are a great professional development tool because they give you clear skills that can be translated to your teaching. While traditional professional development courses may not provide you with a direct path to connecting what you learned to your classroom, a microcredential allows you immediate and meaningful integration into classroom practice.
Why are microcredentials valuable?
Microcredentials give you deeper learning on a focused topic. Unlike traditional professional development opportunities, micro-credentials take the best teaching practices we use with students and apply them to professional development. This means you’ll not only learn about a topic that’s interesting to you, but you’ll have the opportunity to try and apply the skills you learn in your classroom.
Why would someone enroll in a microcredential?
Microcredentials are growing in popularity because schools are beginning to recognize professional development educators do on their own time. Educators wanting to gain a deeper understanding of a certain area to help advance their careers while having freedom of time, place, and pace should look at micro-credential programs.
Eduro Learning offers 5 microcredentials to help you advance your learning. Our microcredentials offer private and group coaching with a mentor, curated content, personal goal settings, and private community interactions. Learn more about our microcredential programs here.