Learning Experience

The Learning Lab experience is supported by both asynchronous and synchronous components. Each of the two Learning Cycles includes a set of resources, an asynchronous discussion, and an interactive live session, all of which culminate in the development of a project or application to apply learning to local and specific contexts in support of the learning objectives.

Schedule

Welcome Session

May 2, 2022, 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

This is a live session to learn the details of the Learning Lab, the Canvas site, and expectations for the microcredential. There will also be time to get to know your fellow Lab partners and facilitator.

Learning Cycle 1: The Building Blocks of a High-Quality Microcredential Program

May 4, 2022, 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET

This session will focus on the core elements of a strong microcredential program, including policy development, mission/market alignment, variability across institution type, the use of digital badges, and information resources to use in the development process. Different microcredentialing models will be showcased, and participants will gain familiarity with creative design options in developing microcredentials. The session will feature design personas and use cases to highlight the value proposition for microcredentialing.

Learning Cycle 2: Scaling Your Microcredential Program

May 11, 2022, 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET

To gain maximum impact from microcredentials, institutions need to have a plan to scale their microcredential program. This session will address growth strategies, marketing, encouraging faculty participation, resource needs, and program assessment/metrics. From a holistic perspective, opportunities for learning pathway development across degree and skill levels will also be explored.

Review and Reflect Session

May 18, 2022, 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET

The Learning Lab will conclude with an application or implementation project (described below) and a closing live session to review and process the learning from the lab.

Lab Implementation Project

Participants will design a microcredential, using templates provided or one of their own design. They will also create a roadmap to follow in developing a microcredential program at their institution.