Designing microcredentials for success: Interview


In a recent interview with the EvoLLLution, Glenn Whitehouse (Florida Gulf Coast University) explains the trends, opportunities, and challenges associated with microcredentials. “There are two reasons higher ed is getting into—and needs to get into—microcredentialing: the skills gap and the future of work,” explains Whitehouse. Whitehouse describes microcredentials as a method of providing rapid, relevant re-skill and up-skilling opportunities to workers. “Good” microcredentials, he explains, complement existing degree programs or act as a connector between institutional silos, use badging that engages the whole campus, and may have local or employer-specific focuses. However, introducing these programs comes with challenges such as determining responsibility for the program within the institution and educating employers. Whitehouse concludes with key considerations for leaders considering introducing these programs on their campuses.