Models and guidelines for the design and development of joint micro-credential courses and microlearning units in higher education



Piet Henderikx, George Ubachs, Alessandra Antonaci

These guidelines were carried out at EADTU European Association of Distance Teaching Universities

This work was funded through the KA3 Erasmus+ Programme, project NR.: 606692-EPP-1-2018-2-FR-EPP- KA3-PI-POLICY, coordinated by Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
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This document has been prepared for the European Commission. However, it represents only the opinion of the authors and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Piet Henderikx, George Ubachs, Alessandra Antonacci

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Henderikx, P., Ubachs, G., & Antonaci, A. (2022). Models and guidelines for the design and development of joint micro-credential courses and microlearning units in higher education. Global Academic Press.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6552609


joint micro-credential course; microlearning unit; joint MOOC; joint course design and de- velopment; Common Microcredential Framework; qualification framework for continuing education and professional development; Recommendation of the EU Council of Ministers on Micro-Credentials (EC proposal); modular education; continuing education policies

Acknowledgements to the experts of the following EU funded projects:

  • European Short Learning Programmes (E-SLP)
  • Modularisation of Continuig Education and professionalisation by Micro-credentials (MCE)
  • European Maturity Model for Blended Education (EMBED)
  • European MOOC Consortium for the Labour-Market (EMC-LM)
  • Professional Development for Digital Teaching and Learning (DigiTel Pro)


A joint micro-credential course: the concept8
The design of a joint micro- credential course and microlearning units: overview of successive steps16
Align with institutional and cross-institutional policies20
Share a joint vision on the micro-credential course24
Compose a joint micro-credential course team28
Ensure cross-institutional support31
Design the joint micro-credential course35
Design a microlearning unit44
Agree on assigning an award49
Determine formative and summative assessment approaches55
Assure quality59
Develop a business plan62
Develop a recruitment plan66
Develop a sustainability framework68
Conclude a consortium agreement71

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