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Webinar Recap: Are Your Credentials Future Ready?: Making the Case for Digital Badges and Micro-credentials

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Recently, Ginger Malin, CEO of our partner company, BadgeCert, hosted a webinar for us Are Your Credentials Future Ready?: Making the Case for Digital Badges and Micro-credentials. If you’re not familiar with digital badging and micro-credentials, here’s a brief background.

Digital Badging

Digital Badges are 100% authenticated and the embedded metadata within a badge can contain a plethora of important information. They are easily shareable, allowing people to showcase recognition and reward, while at the same time working as a marketing opportunity for your organization.

Badges can also be used to represent micro-credentials, but areĀ not one and the same.

Micro-credentials

Micro-credentials are typically more flexible and convenient than traditional credentials and can be earned in a more reasonable timeframe. They are usually highly relevant to day-to-day employment while traditional credentials can be more comprised of more broad content.

There are three types of micro-credentials: vertical, horizontal, and value-added.

  • Vertical: also known as stacked credentials, these can be part of a sequence that can be accumulated to recognize an individual’s mastery of a larger concept. You can also decide to showcase these stacked credentials with different badges along the way.
  • Horizontal: rather than stacking your credentials, you could take a series of courses in no particular order and earn a micro-credential in a certain skill area.
  • Value-Added: you may already be credentialed, but taking additional micro-credentials can add to specializations within that credential.

Goals & Benefits

Some of the goals of micro-credentialing are to provide your learners with a development path. Recognize milestones, the performance of sub-set of duties and skills, specializations, and encourage stakeholder engagement.

Benefits of micro-credentials include addressing new skills, maintaining relevancy in your field, increasing revenue, having a competitive advantage and of course, an opportunity to engage those stakeholders.


If you’re interested in diving in deeper to digital badging and micro-credentials, we recommend watching the on-demand webinar here. In addition to diving into the things we’ve already touched on above, Ginger also explores missteps and misconceptions, as well as the considerations you should take when you’re getting started.

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