Towards a common, transferable Australasian Higher Education micro-credentialing framework for professional learning in teaching, learning and leadership.

Project Active Published by on the 23 June 2022

Proposal Statement

This project builds upon the successful CAULT project (Investigating Teaching and Learning Frameworks and Credentialling for Professional Learning in Higher Education, Dinan-Thompson, et, al, 2019), and explores how the New Zealand micro-credentialing framework (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) could align to professional learning activities in teaching, learning and leadership for staff at 5 Australian Institutions and the CAULLT MOOC.  This includes reflection and gap analyses on the learning outcomes, assessment, volume of learning and the provision to stack towards higher micro-credentials.  This outcome could be the first step in providing the Australasian sector with a common and transferable set of micro-credentials, that may vary in learning outcomes, but incentivise, validate, and give visibility to the professional development activities undertaken by university staff.

Relevance to CAULLT

CAULLT is uniquely placed as a transnational organisation to develop good practice approaches to credentialing processes involving quality, badging, external visibility and transferability of professional learning for teaching and learning and leadership in Higher Education.  For CAULLT to have leadership in this area provides the organisation with the validity, visibility and broader engagement across the higher education sector and aligns to the work being undertaken by both TEQSA and UA in this space.

Furthermore, CAULLT has invested in the benchmarking and credentialling of FULT programs (Investigating Teaching and Learning Frameworks and Credentialling for Professional Learning in Higher Education, Dinan-Thompson, et, al, 2019), and this project builds from that work through the suggestion that CAULLT provides quality assurance for professional learning.  This project proposal is the next phase in a formal micro-credentialing process.