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404 Designing Micro-Credentials That Connect Learning and Work

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, April 20

Tracks: Management & Strategy

Micro-credentials are an important and growing strategy for helping people demonstrate their capabilities in education and workplace settings. Micro-credentials present a unique opportunity to connect learning and work in a short amount of time. Expanding skills taxonomies also further amplifies the need for better demonstrating capabilities. As with any innovation, creating a micro-credential strategy for your organization can come with complexity. Designing effective micro-credentials requires modeling knowledge, skills, and abilities that align with learning results while creating a compelling value proposition that aligns with the market demand of professional capabilities.

This session explores common uses and real-world examples of micro-credentials in education and the workplace. You’ll discover unique ways micro-credentials and digital badges can connect learning experiences to workplace and organizational performance. In addition, you’ll learn effective strategies for facilitating diverse audiences and stakeholders to design effective micro-credentials. We will also explore technologies for creating, issuing, and managing micro-credentials. You will discover practical methods for designing compelling value propositions for micro-credentials and analyzing micro-credentials related to market demand and needs. Session participants will engage in active learning opportunities and access templates and resources to apply to real-world projects.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Common uses and examples of micro-credentials in education and workplace settings
  • Effective methods and strategies for designing micro-credentials
  • Technologies for designing, issuing, and managing micro-credentials
  • Strategies for connecting learning experiences to organizational performance using micro-credentials
  • How to facilitate the design of micro-credentials with diverse stakeholders
  • To communicate the value proposition of micro-credentials to diverse audiences
  • Strategies to help people optimize the value of earned micro-credentials

Technology discussed:

Miro, Lucidchart, Credly, Badgr, Hubspot, Envato Elements, Learning Environment Modeling®, Burning Glass

Bucky Dodd

Chief Learning Innovation Officer

LX Studio, University of Central Oklahoma

Bucky Dodd, PhD is the chief learning innovation officer for LX Studio at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Dodd is an innovator, master teacher, and visionary of the future of education. As a prolific writer, teacher, and speaker on the future of education, his research focuses on visual planning and collaboration systems, innovation, and the design of learning experiences. Dr. Dodd is the creator of Learning Environment Modeling, an award-winning visual collaboration system for the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and has been recognized internationally for his research and design expertise.

Carolyn Muller

Director of Business Development and Client Success


Carolyn Muller is the director of business development and client success at UCO’s LX Studio. Ms. Muller provides strategic leadership and business development for LX Studio including client acquisition, directing learning design and development consulting support, project management oversight, and product development. She has a business degree in marketing from Babson College and has successfully managed programs for such companies as HSN, Cox Target Media, and the Affinion Group.