Stacking Skills for Success: Micro-Credentials in a Singapore Institute of Higher Education (79325)

Session Information: Teaching and Learning
Session Chair: Kit Yok Chan

Sunday, 26 May 2024 15:40
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The rapid evolution of the job market demands agile skill development. Enter micro-credentials: competency-based, stackable, and transferrable qualifications that empower learners to bridge critical skills gaps, enhance employability, and ignite lifelong learning. This paper explores a case study from the Centre for Micro-Credentials of a Singapore institute of higher learning, where targeted micro-credential courses are meticulously designed to:
• Boost Career Readiness: Equip graduates with in-demand skills such as data analytics, systems thinking, and project management, ensuring they hit the ground running.
• Ignite Lifelong Learning: Cultivate a passion for continuous learning, preparing graduates to adapt and thrive in a dynamic job market.
• Build Stackable Competencies: Micro-credentials stack upon each other, leading to specialized skill bundles.
Beyond courses, the Centre weaves micro-credentials with a robust digital ecosystem:
• Digital Badges: Verified badges showcase acquired skills, increasing career visibility.
• Student E-portfolios: Dynamic platforms curate learning journeys and showcase micro-credentials alongside other professional and academic achievements.
• Career Development Services: Personalized skills profiling, coaching, and resume building help graduates craft their ideal career paths.
The paper explores the Institute’s strategy, implementation challenges, and limitations encountered during the micro-credentialing process.
The Singaporean case study offers a blueprint for how micro-credentials can reshape higher education, fostering agile and lifelong learners and revitalizing the educational landscape.

Timothy Chan, Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Timothy Chan is a vice provost at Singapore Institute of Management. He is passionate about innovative teaching practices. He holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham. and has over 30 years of experience in the field of higher education.

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