Introducing a reflective framework for the assessment and recognition of microcredentials

Iniesto, Francisco; Ferguson, Rebecca; Weller, Martin; Farrow, Robert and Pitt, Rebecca (2022). Introducing a reflective framework for the assessment and recognition of microcredentials. Open Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA) Journal, 2(2) pp. 1–24.



Assessment and recognition are key aspects of microcredentials, usually offered on massive open online course (MOOC) platforms. Microcredentials are designed to address the needs of employers and learners looking for units of study at a higher education level aligned with the requirements of labour markets. This paper reviews current methods for assessment and recognition proposing a framework with seven guidelines for use at the planning and design stages of microcredentials. The framework is based on a review of 27 documents and a synthesis process. It provides a tool for microcredential providers to check whether the best ID verification, assessment, recognition, and quality assurance approaches are in place, enabling them to reflect on, and possibly improve their choices.

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  • 85794
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  • Keywords
  • assessment; recognition; quality assurance; microcredentials; framework
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • OpenTEL
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  • Francisco Iniesto