The credential-space is currently seeing significant innovation, driven by twin priorities, namely the unbundling of learning of micro-learning, and the drive to digitise credentials as prioritised by the Bologna Digital Agenda and the EU’s Digital Education Action Plan.
While traditionally students could depend on recognition of widely understood signals of experience and expertise such as university degrees, the same cannot be said for the creatures of MOOCs such as ‘nanodegrees’ and ‘specialisations’.
While it is clear that degrees from accredited HEIs consist of the gold standard in terms of their recognition and portability, no clear set of comprehensive criteria exists to assess the quality of new forms of credentials, nor for standards and technologies which are applied to credentials. The authors therefore propose a framework for such analysis in the form of a set of quality characteristics for credentials, based on work conducted by the OEPass project.
This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.