Micro-credentials : A postdigital counternarrative

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Pollard, Vikki and Vincent, Andrew. (2022). Micro-credentials : A postdigital counternarrative. Postdigital Science and Education. 4(3), pp. 843-859. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-022-00311-6
AuthorsPollard, Vikki and Vincent, Andrew
Abstract

Alternative credentials, such as micro credentials and digital badges, are increasingly being developed in universities. Primarily aimed at employability, these credentials are being scrutinised as it is argued that they are surrounded by ‘great uncertainty’. We contribute to this scrutiny by examining the forms of subjectivity that result from micro-credentials. We argue that, in their current form, they tend to result in a neoliberal subject. Presented is a counter-narrative that examines the current state of micro-credentials and offers an alternative form that refuses instrumentalist logics. In doing so, we draw from Foucault and postdigital research. The result is a recommendation to implement three principles in the design of micro-credentials. The first is the principle of being embedded in the curriculum, the second is alignment with the university mission, and the third is a critical and reflective pedagogy. This recommendation offers further possible subjectivities.

Year2022
JournalPostdigital Science and Education
Journal citation4 (3), pp. 843-859
PublisherSpringer
ISSN2524-485X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-022-00311-6
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85128784114
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range843-859
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Online23 Apr 2022
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Accepted02 Apr 2022
Deposited28 Sep 2023
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