Support Learning through Microcredentialling – The Case of the MicroHe Initiative

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers
Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany

Anthony Camilleri
Knowledge Innovation Center, Malta

Raimund Hudak
Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany

Henri Pirkkalainen
Universiity Tampere, Finland

Matteo Uggeri
Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Italy


The MicroHE initiative is aiming to examine the scope for and impact of micro-credentials – aform of short-cycle tertiary qualification – in Higher Education. Currently, despite beingprimarily forms of formal education, micro-credentials such as micro-masters from EdX ornanodegrees from Coursera, are considered to be non-formal education. MicroHE intends toenhance the recognition of such non-formal educational opportunities by bringing them withinthe framework of existing recognition and transparency instruments for formal education. Theproject enhances skills-assessment due to the fact, that many micro-credentials are specificallydesigned to teach particular and narrow sets of transversal competences.

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