The Benefits of Converting Existing Courses to Micro-Credential Programs for Student Success

How to Covert Courses to Micro-credential Programs

Students demand flexible and personalized learning opportunities to meet their unique needs. One of the ways institutions can meet these needs is by offering micro-credential courses, which are short, focused courses that allow students to earn credentials in specific skills.

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Personalized Learning Opportunities

Micro-credential courses allow students to learn specific skills or topics that align with their interests and career goals. Institutions can offer more personalized learning experiences by converting existing courses into micro-credential programs. This approach increases student engagement and allows students to achieve specific learning outcomes quickly.

Cost-Effective and Timesaving

By converting existing courses to micro-credential programs, institutions can provide students with more affordable and time-efficient learning opportunities. Micro-credential courses are typically less expensive and take less time than traditional degree programs. This can be especially beneficial for working professionals who need to upskill or reskill in a short amount of time.

Credential Stacking and Career Advancement

Micro-credential courses can also be stacked to form a larger credential or degree. For example, a student who completes several micro-credential courses in project management may earn a project management certification. This can help students advance in their careers by demonstrating their expertise in a specific area.

Converting existing courses to micro-credential programs also benefits educators by allowing them to develop and teach classes that align with their areas of expertise. Furthermore, this approach can help institutions attract and retain students by offering a more personalized and affordable learning experience.

How to Convert Courses to Micro-Credential Programs

  1. Start by doing your homework. Gather data on the courses your current and target students are demanding. Collect information from employers about skills gaps with their staff and what courses would help employees upskill.
  2. Review existing courses. Examine the resources, assignments, and assessments. Determine which are a good fit for short, fast classes targeting working adults.
  3. Consider modalities: online, hybrid, in-person, asynchronous, or synchronous. Which modalities make the most sense for the subject matter and students?

Converting existing courses to micro-credential courses is beneficial to students and institutions. By offering personalized learning opportunities, cost-effective and time-saving options, and opportunities for credential stacking and career advancement, institutions can meet the growing needs of students and provide a competitive edge in the educational landscape.

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Angela Britcher

Angela Britcher is an instructional designer and content creator with The Babb Group. She is also an adjunct professor of business and communications.
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