Digital open micro‐credentials are a new innovative way to capture and communicate what an individual knows and can demonstrate. They can be used to demonstrate the breadth of learning, from something quite simple, like attendance at a conference or workshop, to demonstrating more in‐depth employment related skills such as those related to trades. Decoda Literacy Solutions recently adopted the digital badge micro‐credential system for use with adult literacy programs. In this project, literacy and essential skill badges (micro‐credentials) are being provided for adults who participate in community‐based literacy and essential skills programs, which typically do not have transcripts and certificates to identify learning.
The use of a micro-credential system allows program providers to show incremental growth in the literacy and essential skill development of individual program participants. It is an innovative approach to improving educational access and program completion rates for adult learners, as well as increased support as they move to further education and employment. A developmental evaluation approach is being used to investigate whether the program is meeting its goals of establishing a credentialing system for adult literacy, as well as learning the ways in which the badges would be accepted and used by employment stakeholders.
Published: November 2017
Capability: Program Evaluation/ Performance Measurement
Policy Area: Adult Learning - Adult Training - Literacy and Essential Skills
Population: Low-skilled Workers