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TrustEd Microcredential Coalition

Powering Microcredential Value and Trust & Supporting Learner Mobility

For microcredentials to succeed in education and work, we need clarity on the rigor behind the credentials and empower learners to have agency over their credentials. 1EdTech formed the TrustEd Microcredential Coalition to address these and other common concerns about the varying levels of quality and trust in microcredentials.

1EdTech TrustEd Microcredential Coalition Aims to Maximize the Value of Digital Credentials

TrustEd Microcredential Coalition Members

Anthology

Bowdoin College

The California State University System

Cengage

Digital Promise

Greenville County Schools

Google

Instructure

University of Maryland Global Campus

Oracle

Southern New Hampshire University

Udemy

VitalSource

Western Governors University

Wichita State University

As one of its first deliverables, the TrustEd Microcrodential Coalition has released a microcredential metadata framework (below) for issuing organizations to use.

Join 1EdTech at the 2024 Digital Credentials Summit (March 4-6, 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana) to continue the conversation about what it means to become TrustEd Microcredential and what we need to do to validate the requirements.

TrustEd Microcredential Framework

The framework builds on the Open Badges data standard by defining a set of minimum and recommended data requirements for two new credential types.

Types of Microcredentials

TrustEd Microcredential Knowledge

Issued to a learner for developing a specific set of foundational knowledge demonstrated by a validated assessment that measures the defined learning outcomes.

TrustEd Microcredential Application

Issued to a learner based on demonstrating the ability to apply a specific set of knowledge and assessed by a validated assessment aligned to the defined outcomes.

Other Microcredentials or Recognition Badges

Issued to a learner who completes a task or participates in an event.

Metadata Minimum Expectations

Proposed Final Version

This table identifies the minimum and recommended metadata requirements to issue a TrustEd Microcredential.

An issuing organization can still include additional details and metadata above the requirements while maintaining TrustEd Microcredential status.

The metadata field name and its purpose are shown below. Use the + to reveal the knowledge and application expectations for each metadata field.

Knowledge

  • Identified using text

Application

  • Linked to external skills definitions

Knowledge

  • Identified using text

Application

  • Identified and linked to external frameworks using CASE or Rich Skills Descriptors (RSDs)

Knowledge

Application

Knowledge

  • Recommended from an accredited or industry-recognized organization, and that data is included

Application

  • Recommended from an accredited or industry-recognized organization, and that data is included

Knowledge

  • Optional

Application

  • Recommended

Knowledge

  • None

Application

  • Optional

Knowledge

  • Required

Application

  • Required

Knowledge

  • Required

Application

  • Required

Knowledge

Application

Knowledge

  • Optional

Application

  • Optional

Knowledge

  • Required, must use the specific type that most closely matches assertion (eg, Competency, Skills, Degree, microcredential, etc.)

Application

  • Required, must use the specific type that most closely matches assertion (e.g.: Competency, Skills, Degree, microcredential, etc.)

Knowledge

  • Optional

Application

  • Required

*Required in all Open Badges, but the TrustEd Microcredential requires it to include specific information.

1EdTech Contributing Members can Contact Us about participating in the TrustEd Microcredential Coalition.

 


 

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