Personally, I love it. Here is why.
- Teacher Autonomy - Micro-credentialing speaks to teacher personal desires. Rather than being told what they need to learn - be it through their district or a formal learning institution - teachers can pick areas of interest.
- Just In Time Learning - Micro-credentialing can provide just in time learning. Many micro-credentialling courses have multiple entry points or flexible start times. Teachers can realise a need and find a solution -- and get credit for the learning.
- Job-Embedded Learning - Most micro-credentialing calls for learning embedded in a teacher's practices. The beauty of this is that it is low risk. Time is our currency in teaching. If something takes more time then teachers avoid it. Job-embedded learning allows teachers to engage in learning without the add-on that formal learning often has.
- Motivation - Remember when you were a kid and you got badges for passing swimming lessons? Or stickers for getting over 80% on a test? How about in Brownies or Beavers?
- Small commitment - In the past, teachers needed to commit to a long program like a master's degree for any credentialing. This was not possible for many teachers due to time and/or financial barriers. Micro-credentialing is micro-commitment.
Today I got my newest micro-credential - Google Certified Educator Level 2. What will your be?