Micro-Credential

Micro-Gator – Advancing the Workforce for the 21st Century

Micro-Gator is a micro-credentialing program designed to deliver in-demand skills training for anyone seeking to upskill or reskill and gain a competitive advantage in the workforce.

A micro-credential is a competency-based award that reflects an individual’s mastery in a specified area.  The value of a micro-credential is it meets an in-demand industry need and may provide the awardee a competitive advantage in the workforce.

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What do you get?

Micro-credentials can be awarded in the form of digital badges and/or micro-certificates.

Micro-Certificate

A micro-certificate is a document that can be used in digital or printed form to demonstrate an individual’s mastery in a specified area.

If used digitally, it would be accessible and link to Course Learning Objectives (CLO) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that were assessed. 

Digital Badge

A digital badge is a visual representation of an individual’s mastery in a specified area. It can be used by the awardee on resumes, email signatures, ePortfolios or on
professional social media platforms such as LinkedIn.

The digital badge would be accessible and link to Course Learning Objectives (CLO) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that were assessed.

Benefits

You choose what you learn. Micro-credentials give you the flexibility to create your own learning journey by choosing credentials that align with your goals.
Earn job specific skills quickly. Micro-credentials take less time to earn than a traditional degree or advanced certificate.
Gain a competitive edge. Micro-credentials and digital badges equip you with in demand competencies desired by employers.
Promote your achievements. Digital badges can be shared on social media, resumes, or email signatures and are easily verifiable.

Stacking Micro-Credentials

Stacked micro-credentials, like many other types of credentials, represent individual achievement and mastery in specified areas. Over time, a learner’s portfolio of acquired skills may combine to provide a competitive advantage and/or improve employability in the workforce.

It is important to note that stackable micro-credentials are not a type of credential. The term stackable refers to a framework whereby an individual acquires knowledge and develops skills through a series of micro-credentials. This portfolio of micro-credentials may be used to earn larger certifications.

There are three ways to stack micro-credentials:

Vertical Stacking

Vertical stacking is where an individual pursues a single topic in increasing levels of knowledge and skills development.

For example: Microsoft Excel skills for Business: Essentials, Excel Skills for Business: Intermediate I, Excel Skills for Business: Intermediate II, and Excel Skills for Business: Intermediate II.

Horizontal Stacking

Horizontal stacking is where an individual acquires knowledge/skills across several topics.

For example: artificial intelligence; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and leadership.

Hybrid Stacking

Hybrid stacking is where an individual combines both vertical and horizontal stacking to acquire knowledge/skills across multiple topics in increasing levels of difficulty.

For example, Excel Skills for Business: Essentials, Excel Skills for Business: Intermediate I and Amazon Web Services Cloud Technical Essentials, Amazon Web Services Fundamentals: Addressing Security Risk.

Learn more about stacking micro-credentials by downloading our guide below

Available Micro-Credentials

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Artificial Intelligence Micro-Credential

Advance your knowledge in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Florida. Earn a micro-credential in one of four different specializations.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Micro-Credential

The programs in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Micro-credential discuss the myriad ways in which diversity exists and how to navigate a diverse workforce and become an inclusive individual and organization.

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Unlocking Your Creativity Micro-Credential

The Unlocking Your Creativity Micro-Credential arms you with the knowledge, tools, and techniques that enable you to look at things in new ways and solve problems by seeing things others don’t.

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