Strategically, it is believed that in the long-term micro-credentials will become a major pillar of university service, alongside teaching of degrees and research. In quantitative terms, we expect to see a steady linear growth curve in the number of certified micro-credentials, with a shape similar to that of the growth in MOOCs.

MicroHE aims to provide the most comprehensive policy analysis yet conducted of the impact of modularisation, unbundling and micro-credentialing in European Higher Education, and will address the challenges described above by:

  1. Gathering the state of the art in micro-credentialing in European Higher Education today, by organizing the first European survey on micro-credentials in HE, surveying at least 70 institutions across the continent, with the aim of understanding the current level of provision, the types of micro-credentials offered and future trends in provision of micro-credentials
  2. Forecasting the impacts of continued modularisation of Higher Education on HE Institutions by using forward-scanning techniques, specifically through the use of DELPHI methodology
  3. Examining the adequacy of European recognition instruments for micro-credentials, in particular ECTS, the diploma supplement and qualification frameworks
  4. Proposing a ‘credit supplement’ to give detailed information about micro-credentials in a way compatible with ECTS, the diploma supplement and qualification frameworks
  5. Proposing a meta-data standard and developing an online clearinghouse to facilitate recognition, transfer and portability of micro-credentials in Europe.

National workshop purpose

  1. Communicate to the relevant policy makers and stake-holders the road towards making the above vision of an online clearinghouse of a trustworthy, transparent European brand of credentials a reality.
  2. Get feedback from relevant players on how the project vision and especially the online clearinghouse should be refined and improved to be best aligned with European policy goals.
  3. Define a way forward to ensure that the vision gets implemented and contributes to Europe’s educational stakeholders’ long term competitiveness on the world stage and to maintaining and disseminating core European values.
  4. Send a strong public message about the commitment of all involved to take all the steps necessary to ensure a strong positive impact of policy-designed technology on European Education area and economy and society.

Three parts event

  1. A discussion breakfast with a small group of key players focused on initial discussions and networking.
  2. A half-day plenary session with presentations from the project and invited outside speakers from research and policy.
  3. A screening session where a small group of enablers will discuss and plan the next steps for the clearinghouse vision


09:30-09:45 Introduction: Mihajela Crnko, Jozef Stefan Institute
  • Working breakfast
09:45‑11:30 Moderator: Klemen Šubic, NAKVIS
11:30‑12:00 Moderator: Klemen Šubic, Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • Roadmap drafting, screening and feedback sprint


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