Micro-credentials Overview

Micro-credentials are digital records of a learner’s successful completion of educational activities that lead to professional skills and competencies that are not reflected on a transcript. In many cases, these digital records include archives (metadata) of the work that led to the award. While transcript-based records are restricted to the final results of for-credit classes and programs of study, micro-credentials can be granted for any kind of learning initiative. 

  • KSU students, faculty and staff who engage in micro-credential programs will be able to trumpet their development at KSU in meaningful ways.
  • KSU faculty and unit leaders will be able to highlight career-focused elements of their courses, training programs, and extracurricular activities (career prep, speaker series, international, etc.), connecting in-classroom learning with real-world credentials.
  • KSU administration will have a convenient tool for measuring engagement. 

KSU Taxonomy of Micro-credentials

KSU supports a taxonomy of four types of micro-credentials. Each level of the taxonomy is distinguished by the level of the activity required to earn the credential. 

Souvenirs document participation. They are best suited to awards for engagement in extra-curricular activities, attendance at one or more events, or active membership in a KSU organization. Participation should be meaningful and value adding for the participant but reflection or a tangible submission from participants not necessary. 

Ribbons* document introduction to skills and competencies gained from opportunities for personal, career, and professional development. Ribbons should demonstrate learning, but not mastery, and involve practicing skills and competencies in a simulated environment. Ribbons require some artifact to be submitted and assessed by Grantors before being awarded. 

Badges* document skills and competencies that have professional and career value. Learner activities should demonstrate mastery of skills and competencies and take place in professional environments. Badges require some artifact to be submitted and assessed by Grantors before being awarded. 

Digital Certificates* represent that an earner is qualified and capable of employing a collection of competencies or industry standards in professional environments. Multiple pre-defined badges may be stacked together to create a Digital Certificate.

*MCC review required 

    Digital Certificate
  • Outcome
    • Aware
    • Attendance
    • Participation
    • Practiced
    • Achievement
    • Demonstration of Learning
    • Competent
    • Skilled
    • Qualified
  • Earner Activity
    • Awareness, Attendance, Physical or Virtual Presence
    • Demonstration of specific skill, vocabulary, or knowledge
    • Demonstration of specific skill or competency applicable in professional environments
    • Demonstration of a collection of competencies or industry standards
  • Assessment
    • Attendance records
    • Submission evaluated by an expert for quality or completeness
    • Submission evaluated by an expert for quality
    • Submission evaluated by an expert for quality
  • Special Recognition
    • Distinction option
    • Distinction option
  • Metadata Required
    • Learner-made artifacts
    • Learner-made artifacts or multiple stacked badges

Proposing A Micro-credential

Faculty or staff interested in proposing a Ribbon, Badge, or Digital Certificate should submit a micro-credential form in Curriculog. This process for approval mimics the procedures used to propose academic curriculum, including review by the Micro-Credential Committee, a committee of staff and faculty who review micro-credentials for alignment with KSU standards. For questions about Curriculog, contact curriculog@kennesaw.edu. Proposing a Souvenir is a separate process that takes place through OwlLife; see the Micro-Credential Guidebook for a complete overview of this process. 
For faculty and staff interested in proposing a Ribbon, Badge, or Digital Certificate it is recommended individuals consult with the Department of Career Planning & Development to assist with skill alignment prior to submitting a proposal. For more information on skill alignment, click here.  

Micro-credential Badgr Site

KSU uses Badgr to host approved micro-credentials. Faculty and staff who are approved grantors for a micro-credential will have a staff account in Badgr. To award a micro-credential to a learner as a grantor, follow instructions found on the Badgr user-site here. For questions regarding Badgr access, contact microcredential@kennesaw.edu.  

Mirco-credential Student Resources

For students interested in learning about the career benefits of micro-credentials, click here.
For a current list of micro-credentials offered at KSU, visit our Badgr site at https://kennesaw.badgr.com/public/organization/badges