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Harnessing the Digital Nature of Micro-Credentials in Higher Education

Version 1 : Received: 1 March 2023 / Approved: 2 March 2023 / Online: 2 March 2023 (12:40:42 CET)

How to cite: Ali, S.A.; Khan, R. Harnessing the Digital Nature of Micro-Credentials in Higher Education. Preprints 2023, 2023030045. Ali, S.A.; Khan, R. Harnessing the Digital Nature of Micro-Credentials in Higher Education. Preprints 2023, 2023030045.


This review paper delves into using micro-credentials in higher education ecosystems as a digital enablers. Micro-credentials, which are digital credentials that attest to a learner’s mastery of a specific skill or knowledge area, are becoming more popular in higher education. The paper examines the successful implementation of micro-credential frameworks in higher education, using case studies to demonstrate the advantages of micro-credentials. The review emphasizes the agility and flexibility of microcredentials, which enable learners to acquire new skills quickly and respond to changes in the job market. In addition, the paper discusses the digital nature of micro-credentials and how they allow institutionsto provide targeted, skills-based training that isrelevant to employers. It also explores how micro-credentials are delivered through online platforms, making them convenient and easily accessible for learners. The review underscores the significance of digital infrastructure, connectivity, and public utility for promoting micro-credentials. The paper argues that micro-credentials function as a digital enabler for higher edu- cation ecosystems, allowing learners to acquire targeted training and enabling institutions to expand their offerings and reach more students. The paper concludes by highlighting the potential for micro-credentials to help bridge the skills gap and equip learners with the skills necessary to succeed in today’s digital economy.


Micro-credentials; Higher Education; Online Learning; E-learning; MOOCs; Digital Learning Ecosystems


Social Sciences, Education

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