Short courses and micro-credentials that help workers upskill and reskill are in high demand and super relevant right now. The analyses and webinar links below provide a great overview of everything you need to know about micro-credentials, from what they are and where to find them to what they mean for higher education and the post-pandemic economy.
The 10-Question Micro-Credential Checklist
Before commissioning, developing, or delivering a micro-credential, check it meets these 10 requirements.
The skills challenges faced by employers in Canada are very real, with 1 million unfilled job vacancies reported in the summer of 2022 alone.
What is the Problem We’re Trying to Solve With Micro-credentials?
The skills challenge is among the key obstacles that communities, employers and organizations face at this time. 64% of employers say they can’t find employees who have the skills they are seeking.
What’s Next for Micro-Credentials?
The challenge deserves a systematic, Canada-wide, coordinated response. It is time for a cold, hard look at micro-credentials and the skills agenda.
Contact North | Contact Nord’s Reflections on Micro-Credentials
In a city of over a million people in Canada (e.g., Toronto, Montreal Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa-Gatineau), there can be over 3,000 providers of adult learning offering over 30,000 learning experiences each year.
How to Design a Micro-Credential that Meets Demand
Canada has about 10,000 micro-credentials. But many do not meet the definition of what they are intended to be: short, focused, intensive learning linked to skills that are in demand from employers, industry or a profession.
Using the Development of Micro-Credentials to Improve Diplomas and Degrees
Micro-credentials are quickly emerging as a response to the urgent need to reskill and upskill many who find their future disrupted by COVID-19. In Ontario alone, 1,837 micro-credentials have been developed and made available to Ontarians,
10 Key Actions to Ensure Micro-Credentials Meet the Needs of Learners and Employers
As colleges and universities start rolling out micro-credentials, 10 key actions must be taken to ensure these credentials meet the needs of both learners and employers.
Creative Approaches to Assessing Micro-Credential Skills and Competencies: AI and Blockchain-Enabled Assessment
Webinar - Will emerging technologies — AI, blockchain and immersive learning — have an impact on what micro-credentials look like? Will assessment on demand and assessment-only credentials make an appearance in Canada?
Micro-Credentials and Skills-Based Learning in the United States
Webinar - What does the micro-credentials landscape look like in the U.S.? And what can we learn from it?
How Micro-Credentials are Changing the Landscape of Skills-Based Learning: Lessons from Australia
Webinar - What’s been happening with micro-credentials Down Under and what can we learn from their use?
Ten Facts You Need to Know About Micro-Credentials
There is no absolute definition for micro-credentials in Canada or anywhere else, in terms of period of study, range of content or specific forms of assessment. These components are, however, widely recognized as key characteristics of micro-credentials:
Micro-Credentials and the Skills Agenda
Micro-credentials represent a real opportunity to make lifelong learning accessible to all. In this overview, we address 12 fundamental questions about micro-credentials.
How to Build a Successful Micro-Credentials System: Best Practises from New Zealand
Webinar - New Zealand is one of the world’s leading jurisdictions in the conceptualization, planning and implementation of a micro-credential system, which offers students a fast, efficient and economical way to gain new skills to secure new employment
Provincial Land Acknowledgement
Contact North | Contact Nord respectfully acknowledges that our work, and the work of our community partners, takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across the province.
We are grateful to be able to work and live in these territories. We are thankful to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people who have cared for these territories since time immemorial and who continue to strengthen Ontario and all communities across the province.