Analysis of 450 MOOC-Based Microcredentials Reveals Many Options But Little Consistency
Laurie Pickard, Class Central, 2018/07/19

A microcredential "is any one of a number of new certifications that covers more than a single course but is less than a full degree." According to this article, EdX launched the first microcredential (which, of course, is false - microcredentials existed long before MOOCs, as my Boy Scout sash full of badges attests). But it may have been the first MOOC platform to do so. We didn't do badges with gRSShopper until 2014, with our French-language REL course (currently offline as I move to the new server). Of course, as the article makes clear, microcredentials were immediately associated with payment. But hey, what's a MOOC for, if it's not to raise money?

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