A Quality Framework for HE Micro-Credentials

Paul O'Leary, Zeta Dooley, Ken McCarthy

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Micro-credentials are increasing in popularity due to their capacity to offer an award for a small volume of learning that is backed by an academic organization. HE has traditionally offered larger volumes of learning than micro-credentials, such as major and minor awards and has a QA system originally designed for such larger-volume awards. Offering microcredentials along with the more traditional educational offering presents several logistical and QA challenges. QA Framework developments in this space are highly focused on digital awards, where a more holistic approach would be of greater benefit to the broader HE sector. This paper presents a quality framework for a HE to offer micro-credential awards, independent of delivery mode, while still maintaining educational standards and public faith in the quality of all of the HE's awards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEAd 2022 - 8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
PublisherUniversidad Politecnica de Valencia.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9788413960036
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances, HEAd 2022 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 14 Jun 202217 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
ISSN (Electronic)2603-5871


Conference8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances, HEAd 2022


  • HE quality framework.
  • micro-credentials


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