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MicroHE – Support Future Learning Excellence through Micro-Credentialing in Higher Education

The world of work increasingly demands a quick response from the education system to provide people with the desired qualifications. In response, MOOCs have tried to make their content as digestible and flexible as possible, but how to develop recognition for microcredentials and nanodegrees, for micro learning episodes, open and online? MicroHE – Support Future Learning Excellence through Micro-Credentialing in Higher Education project supports strongly the use of micro-credentials to recognize learning (skills, experiences, practices, individually or in peer), asses learning (formative & transformative), motivate learning (intrinsic & extrinsic), and study learning (research through micro-credentials). The specific objective of the project is to examine the scope for and impact of micro-credentials – a form of short-cycle tertiary qualification – in European Higher Education. Through MicroHE project the focus on skills and innovation is strengthen, and an increase in equity and a better social mobility is launched.

At European level, the project MicroHE will:
  • examine the current scope of modularisation of learning provision in higher education in Europe by surveying Higher Education Institutions on their current activities and future-plans for micro-credential provision;
  • prepare stakeholders for the potential impacts of further modularisation, and assist them in testing different policies to affect those impacts, through a series of futures exercises encompassing a DELPHI Survey, scenario-building and future wheels;
  • complement existing recognition instruments, in particular the EQF - European Qualifications Framework, diploma supplement and ECTS - European Credit Transfer System, through the proposition of a ‘module-supplement’ which would specifically adapt these tools for recognition of micro-credentials between 5 and 30 ECTS;
  • propose a meta-data standard for documenting the ECTS and qualifications (including micro-credentials), as well as pilot a data-clearinghouse for storing, sharing and exchanging this information.

MicroHE is a project funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme. The partners involved are: Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University - DHBW (project coordinator), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Jožef Stefan Institute, European Distance and E-Learning Network - EDEN, Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd., Knowledge Innovation Centre, TTY Foundation sr, Vytautas Magnus UniversityThe project, which started in September 2017, ends in August 2020.

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MicroHE is a project funded 
by the European Union



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