“Painting a more complete picture” of student achievement with micro-credentials

April 15, 2019

The use of micro-credentials or badges in academia is one that “stirs both excitement and unease,” writes Jennifer Lewington. Supporters say that these credentials offer a better way to represent students’ achievements and learned skills, especially skills that employers seek but which typically do not appear on a traditional transcript. David Porter, chief executive officer of ecampusOntario, notes that today’s employers are looking for assurance that future graduates have technical knowledge and broad competencies to make them adaptable in an technology-driven economy. Porter adds that post-secondary institutions across Canada are now testing micro-credentials and badges as a supplement to the academic transcript, with a focus on volunteer activities, internships, and other activities that complete a picture of the whole student. Maclean's (National)