Micro-credentials allow learners to demonstrate their proficiency in a set of key competencies that were identified and developed by educators at Southern Oregon University. Unlike a traditional degree where the learning process is linear, the micro-credential learning process is a unique and “stackable” experience, in which learners achieve sets of discrete and demonstrable learning goals as they are earned through completion of courses. Micro-credentials also give learners the opportunity to break apart the traditional degree credential to represent and communicate skill sets they have earned, as they earn them. Learners can stack these credentials to gain degrees or certificates or to tailor their learning to their specific career needs, professional goals or personal interests.
A badge provides a way for students to represent their skills and abilities, and to share these in online environments in a simple and easily verified way. Badges demonstrate clear evidence of what the student was required to do to earn the micro-credential and what skills, abilities, and knowledge they have gained.