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Great excitement over micro-credentials

21 July, 2017

Great excitement over micro-credentials


Small enough to be manageable, big enough to be meaningful. EduBits, Otago Polytechnic’s new micro-credential service, is about to be launched and the institution is celebrating these small credentials in big style!

EduBits are small credentials that enable applicants to ‘show what they know’ by validating their expertise. People submit evidence of their skills, as required by each EduBit, which are then assessed and recognised with a digital certificate. These certificates, sometimes called badges, can then be shared on social media sites, online CVs and with employers.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has included Otago Polytechnic in a pilot to test and evaluate micro-credentials for New Zealand.

Jo Brady, Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chief Executive People, Performance and Development, says the micro-credentials offer people a new way to prove their knowledge.

“EduBits are a great way for people to gain recognition of career-relevant skills without taking time off work for study. They’re ideal for personal and professional development, and can be gained as-and-when needed,” she says.

Otago Polytechnic is offering a wide range of EduBits to suit the needs of all sorts of people. From business and professional capabilities to Health & Safety in farming, the range is extensive.

EduBits are evaluated by Otago Polytechnic’s qualified and expert assessors, sometimes in collaboration with industry partners, and are underpinned by the Polytechnic’s robust quality process.

Otago Polytechnic is launching EduBits to Dunedin’s business leaders, employers and other stakeholders on Thursday 27 July in The Hub. There will be a demonstration of the EduBits process followed by Q&A.

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