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:
Here's a few quotes from #plearnchat:
"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."
"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
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.
Some resources Sue wants to share with you:
- CUE 2017 National Conference storify and presentation
- CUE 2016 National Conference presentation and storify
- 2016 Digital Media and Learning Conference storify
- Inland Empire GAFE keynote and storify
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.Hosted by Barbara Bray @bbray27 and Pam Lowe @prlowe91 with guest hosts Ross Cooper @rosscoops31 and Erin Murphy @MurphysMusings5, authors of Hacking PBL