Models and Guidelines for Assessment and Recognition of MOOCs and microcredentials. EMC-LM Project deliverable 4.2

Iniesto, Francisco (2021). Models and Guidelines for Assessment and Recognition of MOOCs and microcredentials. EMC-LM Project deliverable 4.2. European MOOC Consortium - Labour Market.


This report provides models and guidelines for the assessment and recognition of massive open online courses (MOOCs), microcredentials, and other courses offered on MOOC platforms through the review of literature, good practices, and existing guidelines. That review has supported the creation of the models and guidelines (framework) included in the last section of the report. This report and framework are designed as part of the European MOOC Consortium – Labour Markets project (EMC-LM). For that reason, the Common Microcredential Framework (CMF) developed by the EMC is important as a reference list for the production of guidelines. The main objective of the framework is to define the microcredential, a new higher education and training level of study. Microcredentials are typically offered on MOOC platforms. They address the needs of employers and learners looking for small units of study at higher education level that are aligned with the labour market.

This report is based on previous work included in D4.1 “Compendium on good practices in assessment and recognition of MOOCs”. That compendium considered three important elements of assessment and recognition in the context of MOOC platforms: identity verification (ID verification), summative assessment processes and categories for microcredential recognition.

The research process used to create that report has been complemented by desk research on literature and practices related to the fast pivot to online teaching and learning by many higher education institutions in response to COVID19, as well as a review of current guidelines concerning MOOC quality from several research projects and providers. That research has led to a reflective process using the different sources to produce a framework for assessment and recognition.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 85753
  • Item Type
  • Other - Research Report (for external body)
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    EMC LMNot SetErasmus +
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Research Group
  • OpenTEL
  • Depositing User
  • Francisco Iniesto