Monday, February 28, 2022

The Credential Finder is a tool for exploring all of the information published to the Credential Registry

Discover and compare credential opportunities, build widgets, and access our linked open data network for timely and trusted information about credentials including competencies and education and career pathways. Here you can explore the Credential Registry to understand how data that you and others contribute can be used to fuel the creation of services and tools that allow students, employers, and workers to compare credentials and choose the best option.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Micro-Evaluator. A tool for recognising micro-credentials - Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education)

Micro-evaluator - A tool for evaluating micro-credentials. You're an admission officer, credential evaluator, or maybe you're just curious about the recognition of micro-credentials. This tool will support effective recognition procedures for micro-credentials, in line with the Lisbon Recognition Convention.  application was developed as part of the STACQ - The project Stacking Credits and the Future of the Qualification (STACQ) responds to the continuous developments in flexible, online and alternative forms of learning. The project and is co-funded by Erasmus+.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

The 6 Best Data Analytics Certifications on Coursera to Consider for 2022 - Timothy King, Solutions Review

We’ve compiled this list of the best data analytics certifications on Coursera if you’re looking to grow your skills for work or play. Coursera is one of the top online education platforms in the world, partnering with more than 200 universities and companies to provide a range of learning opportunities. The platform touts more than 77 million learners around the globe. This list of the best data analytics certifications on Coursera below includes links to the modules and our take on each.

Friday, February 25, 2022

US House passes bill to make Pell grants available for retraining programs - Kathryn Moody, Higher Ed Dive

 The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sprawling omnibus bill Feb. 4 with amendments that would make Pell grants available for rapid retraining programs and provide "workers and students accurate, timely, high-quality information to help make decisions about which programs are best for them," according to a statement from the National Skills Coalition. The America Competes Act is the House's answer to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act passed by the Senate last year. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement and in interviews with national outlets that the framework presented by both bills has "broad bipartisan support."

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Amid the Great Resignation, these are the top searched jobs on Google - Corinne Reichert, C|Net

What careers are people actually interested in now that they're leaving their jobs in droves? Google has released the top "how to become" job searches from the past year, showing the most popular to be a real estate agent or flight attendant. Millions of Americans have been leaving their jobs suddenly during what's been dubbed the Great Resignation over the past year, as they seek better pay, better benefits or a role that allows them to continue working remotely. According to Google these were the top searched "how to become" careers between January 2021 and January 2022

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

New Hampshire Celebrates Early Success of University’s Micro-Credential Program, Closing Skills Gap - Cision

The University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) new micro-credential program is helping to close the workforce skills gap, announced the N.H. Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA). UNH offers more than 250 micro-credential courses and 26 certificate programs in areas ranging from computer science and cryptocurrency to business management and law. Since the program began 18 months ago, about 2,000 learners per semester enroll in professional education programs focused on work ready skills, with over 6,000 digital badges issued to date.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Robertson College to Tackle Labour Shortage with new Complementary Learning Model and Micro Credentials - Yahoo Finance

"Prior to the pandemic, we were already seeing a shift in the world of work. Now, combined with the impact of isolations, burnout and the Great Resignation, businesses across the country are in need of talent to keep their operations running," says Liz Choi, CEO of Robertson's parent company, Education Canada Group. "We want to help businesses tackle this challenge by training and upskilling talent to meet these labour needs." The Complementary Learning model encompasses a variety of ways for learners to interact with content, instructors and peers so that learning can take place when and where it works for the learners. Instruction is delivered mostly online and essential hands-on training is conducted on-campus. Learners are not bound by their location or schedules – two of the biggest barriers to pursuing post-secondary education.

Monday, February 21, 2022

McKee proposes a new program to help adults earn higher education credentials, here's how - Linda Borg, The Providence Journal

Rhode Island has a college attainment problem: only 53% of adults have some higher-education experience. In Central Falls, just over one-third of residents have a high-school diploma, and only 13% have an associate’s degree or higher. Gov. Dan McKee is pushing for a program to give adults a boost toward enrolling in college, completing college or earning technical training. McKee said, “We must meet Rhode Islanders where they are and help give them the personalized, hands-on help they need to earn their credentials from our colleges and universities. The academy will help our state get more people back into the workforce in jobs that will not only earn them living wages but put them at the ground floor of careers.”

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Highlands College, Black Butte Copper enter mining training partnership - Montana Technological University

Montana Tech's Highlands College and Black Butte Copper (BBC) are partnering to provide a training program and pathway beginning with non-credit certifications through credited certificate and degree programs for Black Butte Copper employees. The training program will allow BBC employees the opportunity to receive a certificate or associate's degree in Mining Technology from Montana Technological University, according to a press release. The partnership has the opportunity to train as many as 240 employees.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Carnegie Mellon Launches New Stackable Credentials in Product Management and Innovation

Carnegie Mellon University's Integrated Innovation Institute has launched a suite of new online offerings to meet the growing demand for product management, design, and innovation among product and service designers, technologists, and business leaders. Built with the expertise of faculty and expert practitioners spanning the fields of design, business, and engineering, these stackable credentials will help professionals grow and develop the skills needed to advance in careers in product management, strategy and innovation. The slate of new online offerings includes four certificates in Product Design Innovation, Technology for Product Management, Methods and Tools for Product Innovation, and New Product Management.

Friday, February 18, 2022

DLL Releases Report: Digital Badging in Higher Ed - Jake Rodenfels, UNC Chapel Hill

As a part of our digital badging pilot, DLL has issued a report on digital badging in higher education: Badging Usage in Higher Education: An Analysis of Badging Administration and Badging Trends in Higher Ed. This resource, which examines the larger alternative credentialing landscape with an emphasis on digital badging, is available to all. Alternative credentials like digital badges can signify, in intuitive and commonly accepted ways, what holders of the credential know and can do.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

How AI and Associated Technologies Change the Role of Higher Ed - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

As artificial intelligence and associated technologies extend their influence in our society, the role of higher education must change. We can no longer prepare learners for static careers in unchanging fields.  We are all familiar with the robotic revolution of prior decades in which assembly-line work positions were lost to robotic assembly lines. That shakeout took a toll on a skilled but less educated population. Human skills were no longer needed because “intelligent” robots could do the job faster, more consistently and at a lower cost to the business. Now, Brookings warns us that the most vulnerable jobs of the future are in better paid and better educated fields: “Our analysis shows that workers with graduate or professional degrees will be almost four times as exposed to AI as workers with just a high school degree. Holders of bachelor’s degrees will be the most exposed by education level, more than five times as exposed to AI than workers with just a high school degree.”

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Pearson buys certification group Credly in deal valued at $200 m - Kate Holton, Reuters

Education group Pearson has agreed to buy the certification company Credly to expand its offering to businesses looking to train and retain workers at a time of tight labour markets and rapid technological innovation. The global learning company said on Monday it had agreed to buy Credly in a deal that valued it at $200 million, in its latest move to respond to the demand for workforce training in areas like IT. Pearson already owned 20%.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Collaboration Is Key to Successful Alternative Credential Creation - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

A tsunami of alternative credentials is emerging to meet the shifting learning needs of those in the workforce. Higher education is looking beyond the dwindling market of 18-year-olds to lifelong, professional and continuing ed to sustain enrollments.  While it may seem relatively easy to throw together a few classes that have identifiable market-driven skills and abilities as learning outcomes, in practice creating a successful certificate program involves much more, The most important link in the process is to reach out to business, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and industry leaders to create a long-term, continuing, working collaboration on identifying the needed skills, knowledge and abilities.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Micro-credentials key to relevance in job market - Lyna Mohamad, Borneo Bulletin

Micro-credentials offer flexible and inclusive learning that hones skills relevant to the Sultanate’s job market, said His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). It is undeniable that research and innovation are catalysts of the digital economy. Higher learning institutions in the Sultanate must pay attention to micro-credentials that are changing the education landscape due to the shift to digitalisation in the sector, the Sultan said during the 33rd UBD convocation ceremony yesterday.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Kudos to New York's 51 new National Board Certified Teachers! - NYSUT

As part of NBCT celebration week, NYSUT congratulated the 51 teachers from across the state who earned National Board Certification in December 2021 (see below for complete list). They will be honored later this spring in an online event hosted by NYSUT and the New York State Education Department. “Achieving National Board Certification in the midst of a pandemic is a testament to the dedication these teachers have to their students and their profession,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment.” New York is now home to 2,224 National Board Certified Teachers, with nearly 700 more educators still in the process, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Candidates typically spend 200-400 hours completing the extensive application including a portfolio, student work samples, videos and analysis of their teaching and student learning.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Several Options for Earning Pesticide Certification - Philip Kaatz, Michigan State University Extension

In Michigan, winter is a time when the commercial agricultural community starts to think about pesticide applicator certifications. For some, it may be because the new production season is approaching and they would like to make sure everything is in place before it begins. For others, it's because applicator certification credentials must be obtained before purchasing restricted use pesticides. In service to Michigan agriculture, Michigan State University Extension has developed this short FAQ to help restricted use pesticide (RUP) applicators find the testing and recertification options that work best for them.

Friday, February 11, 2022

The 18 most popular online professional certification programs on Coursera, led by companies like Google and Facebook - Mara Leighton, Business Insider

One of the most enduring appeals of taking an online class is the simple, affordable gateway it can provide to a new, better-paying, and stabler career. An additional perk of finishing an online course or program is gaining a professional certificate: A recognition you can add to your LinkedIn profile, resume, or CV to show future employers your proficiency and initiative. Unlike master's degrees or bootcamps, online professional certificates are usually shorter-term, more flexible, and a fraction of the cost of traditional continuing education. Entry-level certificates also don't usually require prior knowledge or degrees to sign up for.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Oklahoma Christian University and BloomBoard Announce Innovative New Master’s Degrees for K-12 Teacher Advancement using Micro-Credentials - Oklahoma Christian University

Today, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) and BloomBoard announced the availability of their first two online master's degree programs, Technology & Computer Science Education (TCS) and Curriculum & Instruction (C&I), supported BloomBoard’s micro-credential-based learning approach. The programs are powerful ways that districts can build professionally rewarding environments for outstanding educators and develop stronger learning communities for students and families, in a financially accessible way.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Micro-credentials, the way forward to upskill employees - New Straits Times

Globalisation and rapid global digital developments, which have compelled industries to change, also need employees to similarly evolve so that they are not left behind. Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Institute of Continuing Education and Professional Studies (iCEPS) chief executive Prof Dr Azizul Halim Yahya said those with skills and competence will be the top choice of employers. "In this case, working experience and a lack of certain skills often hamper individuals including graduates in their quest for employment," he said. This is where micro-credentials play a role in giving added value to candidates to become the choice of employers or remain relevant in their careers," he said.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Mayor’s Innovation Challenge Adds Micro-credentials for Students - Heather Denise, Kinston Herald

The Mayor’s Innovation Challenge, in partnership with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC), will provide micro-credentials for local higher education students participating in the Challenge. “We’re so excited about this development as we see the amazing amount of thought and work that goes into each and every pitch,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Thanks to our strong partnership with DDQIC, we’re able to offer the opportunity to earn a micro-credential to all of our student entrepreneurs for their efforts. We hope to attract even more innovative pitches as we approach the competition on March 4.”

Monday, February 7, 2022

New Grant Gives Scholarships to Texarkana College Students Earning Micro Credentials in Cyber Security and Logistics - Texarkana College

At Texarkana College’s January board meeting, trustees received notice that TC, as part of the Northeast Texas College’s Consortium, has been recommended for an award in the amount of $647,050 from the Texas Reskilling and Upskilling through Education (TRUE) Institutional Capacity Grant Program funded by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. The True grant will provide scholarships for students to earn industry certification in cyber-security and logistics occupational skills.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

4 ways your campus can benefit from educational simulations - Laura Ascione, eCampus News

 Instructors are turning to educational simulations to help students build critical workforce skills--is your institutions following suit? A growing number of colleges and universities are turning to educational simulations for mental health awareness, sexual misconduct training, and more. By immersing participants in different scenarios, educational simulations help close gaps in teaching skills and assessing learning, provide critical training that isn’t always possible face-to-face, and help increase workforce readiness.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Report: 69% of enterprises embrace quantum computing - Venture Beat

 Sixty-nine percent of global enterprises have already adopted or plan to adopt quantum computing in the near term, according to a new survey of enterprise leaders commissioned by Zapata Computing. The findings suggest that quantum computing is quickly moving from the fringes and becoming a priority for enterprise digital transformation, as 74% of enterprise leaders surveyed agreed that those who fail to adopt quantum computing will fall behind.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Cayuga Community College credential program will prepare students quickly for industrial, manufacturing openings - FL1 News

New in the Spring 2022 semester, the Electro-Mechanical System Fundamentals micro-credential trains enrolled students for entry-level positions in manufacturing and industrial facilities. Students are required to complete six courses in the non-credit program to earn the micro-credential. “The Electro-Mechanical System Fundamentals micro-credential offers foundational training in core manufacturing skills, preparing students to start or resume their careers,” said Dr. Keiko Kimura, Cayuga’s Vice President of Workforce Development and Partnerships.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Are microcredentials the future of higher ed? - Moira MacDonald, University Affairs

The term “microcredential” has been on the lips of a growing number of Canadian postsecondary administrators and faculty over the last four years, reflecting a global trend. But the pandemic has been an accelerant, with microcredentials showing up in the COVID-19 recovery playbooks of governments anxious to address massive job losses on one hand, and frustrated employers complaining of skills and labour shortages on the other. While definitions vary, as do the names (digital badges, micro courses, nanoprograms and the like are all related labels) the basic idea is that these are short courses that cultivate and verify a particular skill, knowledge or competency that employers want, and help learners bridge their pre-existing skills and knowledge to meet rapidly changing labour market demands without removing them from the workforce.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Bisk and Columbia Law School to Collaborate on New Online Certificate Course for Entrepreneurs

Bisk, a leader in online education, has joined forces with Columbia Law School to develop and support a four-week non-credit online certificate course. “A Legal Toolkit for Starting and Scaling Your Business” is designed for entrepreneurs and small business owners eager to learn the basics of commercial law. Millions of people have left the workforce due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and many are now aspiring to start, or have started, their own business. Small business owners, startups and creative individuals trying to monetize their craft are seeking to understand the legal ins and outs of owning a business and protecting their intellectual property.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

McKee proposes a new program to help adults earn higher education credentials, here's how - Linda Borg, The Providence Journal

Rhode Island has a college attainment problem: only 53% of adults have some higher-education experience.  In Central Falls, just over one-third of residents have a high-school diploma, and only 13% have an associate’s degree or higher.  That’s why Gov. Dan McKee is pushing for a program to give adults a boost toward enrolling in college, completing college or earning technical training. The goal? To offer higher-paying jobs, especially those in fast-growing fields in Rhode Island.  The Higher Education Academy was the brainchild of Shannon Gilkey, the state’s new Commissioner of Post-Secondary Education.