1. What makes SCCOE Educational Technology Services Micro-Credentials unique?

The Educational Technology Services Team at the Santa Clara County Office of Education aligns their micro-credentials and open digital badges to the ISTE Standards for Teachers, CA Common Core State Standards, P21 Framework for 21st Century Learning, and the CA Continuum of Teaching Practice. Additionally, the team builds with student learning and classroom pedagogy at the forefront of their instructional design.

2. What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are miniature, digital transcripts of learning. They contain a collection of skills and competencies that are specific and targeted. They also contain metadata which includes information about who is issuing the credential, when it was earned, what was done to earn it, and details about the specific learning.

3. What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is an image container for the micro-credential. It is publicly viewable and usually includes a central image and text identifier for the learning included in the micro-credential. It does not contain the metadata by itself unless it is linked to a micro-credential.

4. What is an open digital badge?

An open digital badge is one that carries metadata with it when it is earned, downloaded, and shared. Open Badges Specifications provide a universal framework for all badge issuers and earners.

5. What is metadata?

Metadata is a collection of data that tells information about other data. For example, the metadata included in a micro-credential tells you WHAT the micro-credential is but also unpacks WHO is issuing the credential, WHO earned the credential, WHEN it was earned, and links to the criteria and earner evidence.

6. Why do I have to submit evidence to get credit for learning?

Evidence-driven learning allows the student to demonstrate competencies previously earned. This saves time on task and ultimately empower the student to personalize the learning journey based on interests, passions, and skill sets.

7. Where do I put my digital badges once I earn them?

Because the SCCOE Micro-Credentials are linked to open digital badges distributed through the Badgr platform inside Canvas, the earner can access their badges in both places. Inside Canvas, simply click on “Badges” in the left navigation. Inside Badgr, simply navigate to “My Badges.” Many earners choose to showcase their digital badges on their email signature, on their professional websites, on social media profiles, and some even choose to print them out.

8. Can I earn micro-credentials and digital badges from other institutions?

Yes! Micro-credentials are quickly becoming a powerful learning tool for higher education institutions, nonprofits, and K-12 institutions. Also, when you earn an open digital badge, you can simply upload it into your Badgr account to keep all your earnings in the same place.

9. Are the SCCOE Micro-Credentials worth university credit?

Yes! SCCOE aligns each of their Online Badged Courses and Online Badged Course Collections to unique University of the Pacific (UoP) courses and you may be able to earn 1 Semester Unit of Professional Development Graduate Level Credit (non-degree applicable). Each earner is encouraged to talk to their district HR departments to ensure that the courses meet the specific criteria for that learning community. The cost of the each UoP semester unit is currently $70.