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May 16

Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges (2019)

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 1:05 PM by Brian Herder

Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges

Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges (2019)

Ed. Emily Rimland and Victoria Raish 

Library Technology Reports April 2019

American Library Association


Digital badges, a type of micro-credential, have been heralded for the last five years as a key trend in education to provide competency-based pathways to learning. Micro-credentials allow for a unique way to teach students information literacy skills. Many libraries may be interested in implementing a micro-credentialing program but may have questions about design, mechanics, and sustainability. This report will give readers much of that background information. After reviewing the report, readers should be able to:

  • define micro-credentials and the mechanics using them
  • identify learning scenarios where micro-credentials can be beneficial
  • acknowledge the design considerations that are specific to badges
  • identify partnerships needed for a successful program
  • know the existing systems possible for building a micro-credentialing program for information literacy or library skills