Office of Micro-Credentials

Overview

Micro-credentials (MCs) are competency and skills-based certifications that allow earners to showcase learning outcomes mastered during their educational or professional journey. Affordable, flexible, and brief; micro-credentials provide earners with the opportunity to acquire – or further develop – competencies and skills that align with their educational needs and industry demands. Micro-credentials verify and validate that the critical competencies and skills acquired have been achieved.

For students enrolled in FXUA undergraduate and graduate programs, FXUA micro-credentials are embedded within our curriculum and can be earned at no additional cost. For non-degree learners seeking professional development, FXUA micro-credentials are offered through our Institute of Adaptive Learning.

FXUA has partnered with global digital badging platform, Credly, to provide earners with the ability to share their competency or skills-based micro-credential in the form of a digital badge.

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How can micro-credentials benefit you?

They are:

  • Competency-Based

    Earners are able to demonstrate levels of mastery of certain skills or abilities.

  • Flexible

    Unlike degree programs, micro-credentials are flexible due to its format, timespan, and narrow focus.

  • Affordable

    Because of their low cost, micro-credentials offer a more accessible path to your educational or professional journey.

  • Aligned and Assessed

    Micro-credentials have been rigorously aligned across the university curriculum and with diverse industry needs.

  • Stackable

    They have been designed to build upon one another – from foundational to advanced.

  • Portable

    The Credly platform allows you to showcase your achievements in the form of a digital badge on your ePortfolio or social media platforms, such as LinkedIn.

  • Verifiable

    The Credly platform verifies the authenticity of the digital badge.

FXUA micro-credentials have been designed to help students and professionals achieve their learning goals. Our micro-credentials are embedded within FXUA academic programs and are offered as standalone learning experiences for professional development.

To see the micro-credentials FXUA currently offers, visit our FXUA Credly page.

For more information regarding each of our micro-credential collections,
browse through the following sections:

TLL

Transformative Learning
and
Leadership in Practice

BSCS

Computer Science

BSBA

Business Administration

BSMIS

Management
Information Systems

How can I earn a micro-credential?

  1. Enroll

    Enroll in one of our FXUA academic or standalone programs. For academic programs, students are automatically enrolled in their chosen program. For standalone programs, visit our Institute of Adaptative Learning page to register for upcoming offerings.

  1. Complete

    Complete the required courses or activities associated with each micro-credential.

  2. Claim

    Claim your digital badge by accepting the invitation you will receive via email from Credly.

  3. Share

    Share your digital badge on social media platforms, such as LinkedIn.

Credly Platform FAQs

What is an open badge?

Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified in real-time, online.

How does my certification get displayed as a badge?

We have partnered with Credly’s digital badge platform to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

What are the benefits of a badge?

Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Credly platform.

Who is Credly?

Credly is a digital badge platform that works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?

You will receive an email notification from Credly () with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

What if I don’t want my badge to be public?

You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

Is there a fee to use Credly?

No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost.

What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Where and how can I share my badge through Credly?

You can share your badge directly from the Credly platform to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature.

What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Credly?

Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges and more. Search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Credly. Access the labor market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.

Can I export badges issued through Credly to other badge-storing platforms?

Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page. Your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Mozilla backpack.

Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly?

Not at this time.

I have a question about the Credly platform. Where can I find support?

You can find answers to frequently asked questions here: support.credly.com

The FXUA Office of Micro-Credentials, housed within the Curriculum Development and Instructional Design Department, offers earners multiple paths to achieve their academic and lifelong learning pursuits.