A Critical Analysis of European Micro-credential development in an Erasmus+ project

Neill Wylie, Laura Widger, Valerie Brett, Helen M Murphy

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Micro-credentials can authenticate the achievements of personalised and focused learning experiences. This innovative practice paper critically evaluates the collaborative European development of six micro-credentials in an Erasmus+ project in the area of basic skills. A unique aspect of this research is that, at the time of writing, this was among the first European funded projects which attempted to collaboratively develop micro-credentials based upon the European Commission’s recommended micro-credentials definition. The methodology employed for developing the themes for the micro-credentials is discussed.
This paper critically explores design considerations for micro-credential development emphasising the importance of choosing an appropriate instructional design framework. This research supports further understanding on micro-credential development at a critical phase in their growth and application in higher education across Europe.
Original languageEnglish (Ireland)
Article number7(1)
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of University Lifelong Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023


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