Emerging eLearning Trend: Stackable Credentials

Stackable credentials are a series of smaller credentials that students can complete as progress toward a final goal. Mostly online, students can use these smaller credentials for immediate career advancement and then decide whether or not to continue and complete a full degree.

Regardless of which they choose, these credentials are recognized and ‘stacked’ as the student progresses, without having to complete a larger (more expensive and time consuming) degree that perhaps, because of personal circumstances, isn’t possible at the moment.

Many times today’s professionals, because of work, home life, or financial realities, do not have time to pursue full-length master’s degree programs. So more and more, they’re signing up for online programs called “MicroMaster’s” or, more broadly, “massive open online courses” or, “MOOCs”. These programs allow students to achieve verified certificates from each course completed, which can be capped off in a full-blown master’s degree down the line.

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