Approaches to creating sustainable micro-credentials: Interview


In an interview with The EvoLLLution, Nick Williams and Mary Elizabeth Smith discuss approaches to efficiently creating sustainable micro-credentials. These short programs are particularly attractive to working adults, explain Williams and Smith, and so they present a major opportunity for institutions. However, the authors advise institutions interested in entering the micro-credential space to start slow by piloting new programs that resonate with learners and employers and ensuring the appropriate infrastructure is in place before scaling their offerings. Both interviewees discuss the challenges presented by scaling offerings, automating processes, and implementing digital credentialing. “It’s paramount for any institution who wants to thoughtfully offer digital credentials to test assumptions,” said Smith.