The European Economic Area has recently set out a common vision for its member states that promotes the development of a high-quality, inclusive and accessible digital education system. The goal is to enhance the competences, knowledge, and skills of the European population in line with the needs of the fast evolving labour market.
As part of this vision, the EEA has identified micro-credentials as a key area of focus that could help increase employment rates and promote lifelong learning.
Micro-credentials are mini digital certifications used to validate skills in a specific area. These short courses are more modular, flexible and narrower in focus than a degree. Some are designed as one-off learning experiences, others can be stacked to contribute to a qualification. Micro-credentials are not intended to undermine the value of a traditional degree; they are designed to build in-demand career skills with knowledge that is up-to-date and aligned with emerging practices.