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ERIC Number: EJ1214271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
International Journal of Education and Development Using Information and Communication Technology
Ghasia, Mohamed A.; Machumu, Haruni J.; DeSmet, Egbert
International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, v15 n1 2019
Micro-credentials represent an alternative approach to career and professional development whereby an individual's skills, achievements, and accomplishments are recognised. They offer the possibility to enhance skills, to manage career pathways as well as adding practicality in the academic content. Moreover, micro-credentials are cost-effective professional development strategies that significantly minimise employees training cost and time. Also, micro-credentials in higher education institutions (HEIs) allows for the integration of digital badges within university curricular and community engagement activities to inspire connected and lifelong learning for the professional development of students, educators and communities in formal learning settings. This paper explores ways in which micro-credentials can be offered in Tanzanian universities. Specifically, we explore educators' perception, readiness and implementation strategies. In-depth interviews with thirty-one lecturers, fifty-four students and twelve educational technologists were deployed. Purposive sampling was used to identify the four Tanzanian universities involved in the study, and theoretical sampling was used to identify lecturers, students and educational technologists. Data were analysed using NVIVO software in accordance with the Strauss and Corbin Grounded Theory. The results suggest that university lecturers and students are optimistic that micro-credentials will stimulate lifelong and connected learning as well as expand the scope of the universities' mandate. However, to leverage from these potentials, multi-level interventions are needed. We recommend the creation of a micro-credentials ecosystem, formulation of strategies and policies, deployment of necessary infrastructure as well as building relevant skill-base. Implications, contributions and limitations of the study are discussed in line with the findings. Finally, the paper contributes to the literature on the implementation of micro-credentials in higher education (HE).
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Credentials, Universities, College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Readiness, Higher Education
International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. University of the West Indies Open Campus, Dave Hill, St. Michael BB11000, Barbados. Tel: 868-663-9021; Fax: 868-645-9741; Web site: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tanzania