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Microcredentialing: Personalized, Job-Embedded PD

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Sunday, June 23, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: Room 111

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A Systemic Approach to Building Teachers’ Capacity for Personalized Learning

Andrea Kopp  
Microcredentialing gives educators a professional development option that empowers them to choose topics that are meaningful and applicable to their classrooms right away. Learn how microcredentials move beyond digital badging to PD that is done in small, job-specific bites and accompanies educators through the learning process.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: No special apps or accounts are needed.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Distance, online, blended and flipped learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Not applicable
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture and support administrators, faculty and staff in the study and use of technology.
For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This presentation is to inform educators about the opportunity for customized, job embedded professional learning the micro-credentialing provides. Examples of a variety of platforms will be shared, although the presentation is about micro-credentialing as a concept and the possibilities it provides and will not be an endorsement of any particular platform or program. Educators will leave with an understanding of what goes in to designing a micro-credential as well as resources for how to get started as a learner using micro-credentials. The focus of the session is how educators can improve student learning based on dynamic, competency based professional learning.


We will begin with an interactive survey activity where attendees will identify qualities of their best and worst PD experiences.
There will be quick review of some basic educational concepts that we apply to student learning and how they align with how typical teacher PD is conducted and then given context by their survey input.
We will define micro-credentials and talk about how it is different than digital badging or online learning.
We will look at the anatomy of a micro-credential from both a learner and author standpoint.
We will review multiple sources and examples of different types of micro-credentials.
Participants will be provided with summary information to help them shared the knowledge of micro-credentialing concepts with their colleagues.
There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Supporting research

Micro-credentials for Impact: Holding Professional Learning to High Standards.

Seven Lessons Learned from Implementing Micro-credentials

Planning With a Purpose: Micro-credentials

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Andrea Kopp, National Catholic Educational Assocation

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