Lithuanian Multiplier Event: Practical discussion-creating a microcredential

On 15 June 2022, the European Credit Clearinghouse for Opening up Education (ECCOE) seminar took place in Klaipėda. The aim of the workshop was to present the results of the ongoing international ECCOE project, to discuss and present what micro-credentials are, and to discuss with the participating teachers, educators, and representatives of educational institutions how to increase the acceptance of open, distance and flexible higher education through technology-based accreditation systems.

The workshop started with a presentation of the international project. The objectives, activities and results were presented. The workshop then went on to present the quality criteria developed for the description of courses, module competency cluster certificates and diplomas.

The workshop focused on practice, i.e. the development of micro-credentials and discussion questions. The workshop participants practised how long it takes an inexperienced person to create a microcredential, what are the challenges, and, during the discussion, the workshop participants formulated strategic directions from the practitioners’ side on how to increase the recognition of open, distance and flexible higher education and, more generally, which target groups could benefit from this technology-based accreditation system.

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Seminar program

Italian Multiplier Event – Digital micro-credentials: a solution for tomorrow’s educational needs

On Wednesday May 31st 2022, Politecnico di Milano – METID hosted a seminar on the premises of the Educafè experimental space, with the aim to raise awareness among participants of the underlying concepts behind the notion of micro-credentials and of the pivotal issues related to them.
The event gathered 12 external participants with diverse profiles from Lombardy and nearby regions: university staff in the areas of international relations, recognition of learning and online services, a headmaster and teachers from technical high schools, staff from training and employment and for volunteering agencies.

The event explored what digital micro-credentials are and the European frameworks that can support them (e.g. EQF and ESCO), provided a practical demonstration of how descriptors work in a MOOC, explained how to issue a micro-credential by using the Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure and covered the practical solutions developed by the ECCOE project.

The seminar was designed with a hands-on approach: participants were asked to contribute to an open consultation about relevant descriptors for learning opportunities, so that they got involved, improved their understanding of the topic and had their say on the (experienced or perceived) barriers to the uptake of micro-credentials.

The main takeaways from the final discussion were that employers might be reluctant to recognize micro-credentials in vocational education and training without proper catalysts, whereas in higher education actions like the European Universities initiative can act as innovation drivers towards micro-credentials, as some attendees involved in it stated.
In order to boost the impact of dissemination through a cross action, a “cameo” (short presentation) of the ECCOE project was presented during the Multiplier Event of a relevant Erasmus+ project named EdDiCo – Supporting the Development of the Digital Competences of Educators [] on Thursday June 16th 2022.

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Spanish ECCOE Multiplier Event: Digital micro-credentials. A solution with a vision for tomorrow’s educational needs

Dutch ECCOE Multiplier Event: The why, what and how of digital micro-credentialing

Title slide of the ECCOE presentation for Multiplier Event 1

French Multiplier Event – from assessing competencies to recognising them through digital micro-credentials

On Wednesday December 15th 2021, the ECCOE coordinator AUNEGe joined forces with two important organisations – IAE France (the network of university schools of management) and FNEGE (The French Foundation for Management Education) for a full-day webinar on the topic of a competency-based approach to management education and the link with digital micro-credentials. The event was organised within the frame of the IAE France Competency Observatory, with a joint welcome by Jérôme Caby, delegate general of FNEGE, Christophe Fournier, President of AUNEGe and Eric Lamarque, President of IAE FRANCE.

The morning session was introduced by Anne-Sophie Barthez, head of the Directorate for Higher Education and Employability at the French Ministry of Higher Education, who highlighted the strategic importance of the work being undertaken in this field. This was followed by a round table led by Marie-Noelle Chalaye, Director of IAE Bretagne Occidentale, during which Aline Scouarnec, IAE Caen and Franck Brillet, inspecteur général de l’éducation, du sport et de la recherche, gave an in-depth account of developments in competency-based approaches in French higher education. This was followed by a testimonial from Mathilde Gollety, President of the CEFDG (Commission d’évaluation des formations et diplômes de gestion), who explained how such an approach has been implemented by private schools of management.

French HE is at a turning-point: diplomas are now described in terms of ‘blocs of comptences’ aligned with the French Qualifications Framework (RNCP), itself now aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). What is now needed is a true focus on getting all stakeholders on board (academic and professional staff, students and employers) to develop a new mindset where this is no longer perceived as a constraint, but as an opportunity to better serve students and society.

The rich insights from the morning session provided the perfect backdrop for the ECCOE Multiplier Event (ME1) attended by over 35 participants. Jacques Dang, Secretary to the Boards of both AUNEGe and l’Université numérique, kicked off with an overview of international trends and challenges with respect to micro-credentials. Deborah Arnold, national and international projects coordinator at AUNEGe and coordinator of the ECCOE project, then led the group through a step-by-step application of the ECCOE adaptation of European Digital Credentials for Learning (O4), starting from the description of a block of competences from the RNCP and demonstrating how this could easily be represented as a trusted digital micro-credential, drawing on the detailed work completed in ECCOE regarding quality criteria for credential description (O1) and learning opportunities (O3). Issues such as the level of detail required for describing assessment and learning activities were addressed, as well as the solutions for cross-institutional recognition developed by the ECCOE partners in the form of Model Credit Recognition Agreements (MCRA – O2).

The event was a great success and gave rise to much discussion, as well as to several concrete solicitations from participants wishing to develop micro-credentials, either within their institutions or in the frame of European University Alliances.

The overall conclusions of the day were that:

  • there is an obvious link between competency-based approaches and the application of micro-credentials to facilitate the recognition of competences demonstrated by learners, and all the components are there,
  • there is still much work to be done on the assessment of competencies,
  • efforts need to be devoted to mobilising ALL stakeholders, raising awareness and improving understanding,
  • the IAE France Competency Observatory and ECCOE need (and want!) to work hand in hand, to write the next chapter in this exciting and promising area!

AUNEGe and ECCOE would like to thank the IAE France team for this wonderful opportunity to build synergies, and for all the support received in designing, promoting and running the overall event: Laurence Macaluso (general manager) Marie Monsterleet (communication and events manager) and Manon Malfoi (administrative and communication assistant).


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ECCOE webinar “The why, what and how of digital micro-credentialing” Tues Nov 23rd 2021

To secure your place and receive the joining instructions in advance, please register below. The webinar programme is available here.

Registration form: ECCOE Multiplier Event online session Tuesday Nov 23rd 9:30 - 14:30 CET

Registration form: ECCOE Multiplier Event online session Tuesday Nov 23rd 9:30 - 14:30 CET

This 5 hour online session is intended to give participants the opportunity to delve deep into the practical aspects of, and get hands-on experience in, the design and issuing of digital credentials and micro-credentials. Personal data collected by this form will only be used to communicate with you about the event and for reporting purposes to the Erasmus+ French National Agency.

We will send you the link to the online session, which will be held via Zoom, a few days before the event.

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