Monday, April 3, 2017

Micro-credentials as Personal Professional Learning

Don’t you think that now is the time to change traditional “sit and get” professional development and move to personal professional learning opportunities? Teachers are learners, too. The “one size fits all” has got to go and micro-credentials provide a process that supports teachers and impacts teaching practice.


Digital Promise has built an innovative system for educators to be recognized for the work they already do with their kids. Educators are embracing this process of micro-credentialing. They are documenting and showcasing learning and then getting credit for it or revising what they are doing and submitting again. [excerpts above from Barbara's post Personal Professional Learning through Micro-credentials]

We were very lucky that Odelia Young and Hashim Pipkin from Digital Promise co-hosted the April 3rd, 2017 #plearnchat along with Pam Lowe who created the graphics and moderated the conversations. We came up with this driving question to frame the discussions:

"How can micro-credentials develop a sustaining professional learning system ready to adapt to the evolving needs of today's classrooms?"


We used the Q1, A1 format and asked the following six questions:




Educators from all over the world joined #plearnchat on the topic of Micro-credentials on April 3rd. The conversations encouraged deeper learning from all of us. There were a few who joined us who just wanted to learn about micro-credentials. Then they found the chat easy to join so they jumped in asking questions and sharing ideas. Wonderful conversations!

Here's a few quotes from #plearnchat:




Pam Hubler @specialtechie
"Got it! So the badge is the visual. Micro-credentials describe the process to get the badge."




Odelia Younge @Odelia_DP
"Micro-credentials require a submission of evidence of learning in the classroom, but then can be displayed as a digital badge."




Shannon Ziegler @sziggy9
"I do also think teachers need to be a part of helping to develop the school culture and goals to really have ownership."




Susan Zanti @SusZanti5
"Micro-credentials offer teachers voice and choice in their PD. As they acquire skills, they get credit for their new learning."





Hashim Khalil Pipkin @hkpipkin
"Micro-credentials attest to the presence of research-backed skills in teachers to make learning visible. Digital badges are the form that MCs take when awarded."



Nicole Fuerst @nfuerst2
"Offering an array of options, flexible time schedules, ability to make own learning path and more."

Noal Geisel @SenorG
"Micro-credentials can fill the gaps in the narrative of who I am as a learner/achiever, offering richer narrative than grades."


Congratulations to Sue Thotz, @SueThotz, who won our book, How to Personalize Learning


Sue Thotz is the Los Angeles Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education. Since 2011, Sue has been providing professional development and partnering with educators and parents to help them create a culture where students use technology in a meaningful, thoughtful, and respectful way.

She works with districts to create a foundation of digital citizenship that fits with their vision. Sue's background ranges from classroom and after-school teaching to education and cell biology research. She managed a longitudinal study on the effects of an early literacy curriculum, as well as qualitative and quantitative studies on food security issues in Chicago. 

Sue has taught research methodology to teachers and students interested in understanding issues in their own communities. She has also created primary cell cultures from human and bovine eyes. Sue holds a Master’s in Public Health and an undergraduate degree in zoology and chemistry. She currently lives in a small house with a 12 year-old reader, 10 year-old gamer and a most clever musician.

Follow her on Twitter @suethotz

Some resources Sue wants to share with you:




How to Personalize Learning is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press and use the discount code N169O6 for your own copy.







Save the Date, Monday, April 17th (2 weeks) for our next #plearnchat

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST, and 7pm EST


Topic: Hacking PBL and PL

Hosted by Barbara Bray @bbray27 and Pam Lowe @prlowe91 with guest hosts Ross Cooper @rosscoops31 and Erin Murphy @MurphysMusings5,  authors of Hacking PBL



We archived the entire #plearnchat about Micro-credentials and Personal Professional Learning below for your convenience and as a resource.