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Stephen Downes

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This report (60 page PDF) provides a needs analysis of micro-credentials (for example, digital badges). It points to the long history of business in Ireland recognizing shorter-term learning. The literature review found "no general consensus of a definition or conceptual framework for micro-credentials amongst the Technological University (TU) sector," which I guess should surprise no one. Thus, the report cites "the urgent need for a collaborative and cohesive approach to developing a statement of characteristics for micro-credentials that can be implemented sector-wide." Microcredentials generally contain "proof of skills or knowledge obtained by learners after completing a short learning experience at an awarding body," which is a good stating point for a consensus. The report recommends that "micro-credential provisions which aim to bridge the gap between higher education and industry, should be reviewed by necessary stakeholders."

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