What is the academic rigor of a micro-credential? Accordion Closed
Micro-credentials go through the same academic process as all other degree programs at NAU.
What is the Difference between Credit and Non-Credit Micro-Credentials? Accordion Closed
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What is the difference between a learning objective and a competency? Accordion Closed
Learning objectives are specific to a course and describe what the learner should know at the end of a learning period. Competencies define the applied skills and knowledge that enable people to successfully perform job requirements.
Skills + Knowledge + Abilities = Competencies
Learning Objectives: Students will be able to
- Locate the drain plug,
- Determine oil weight,
- Add the right amount of oil,
- Change filter
- Correctly change the oil in under 10 minutes
What is the learning management system for micro-credentials? Accordion Closed
Micro-credentials offered for academic credit are hosted in Bb Learn.
What is the difference between a hard skill, soft skill and common skill? Accordion Closed
A specific, learnable, measurable, often industry- or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.
A personal attribute that supports situational awareness and enhances an individual’s ability to get a job done. They are broadly applicable across job titles and industries.
Examples – oral or written communication skills; interpersonal skills; teamwork.
A skill that can be self-taught and may not necessitate a certain completed level of education. They are essential in many industries and occupations.
Examples – problem-solving or project management.
What do we charge for a micro-credential course? Accordion Closed
For non-credit micro-credential courses, Continuing Education will conduct an environmental scan of similar programs to determine along with the academic unit, an appropriate market-driven rate.
Existing micro-credentials fall under the current tuition model. In the future, as new micro-credentials are developed for credit, the tuition model will be reviewed to determine the appropriate tuition structure.
Is there a financial incentive to the academic unit for creating a micro-credential? Accordion Closed
Yes, for non-credit bearing micro-credentials, we have a revenue share model that distributes 65% of the revenue to the academic unit. The academic unit is responsible for paying the instructional costs to teach the course. This can be part of a faculty member’s standard workload or designated as supplemental pay. The funds distributed to the college are at its discretion for use to meet its needs.
The other 35% of the revenue goes to Continuing Education to support the academic unit, including: instructional design, student support, marketing, and promotion, etc.
Can micro-credentials count towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at NAU? Accordion Closed
Yes, micro-credentials can be included in a certificate, bachelor’s or master’s degree program at NAU. The academic unit makes this determination.
Can a bachelor’s or master’s degree also include a digital badge? Accordion Closed
Yes, an academic unit can review an already established program to ensure learning outcomes, competencies and assessment all align to a micro-credential and digital badge.
What is an undergraduate certificate? Accordion Closed
Certificates are a planned group of undergraduate courses within a single discipline or selected from among two or more related disciplines containing a minimum of 15 units; completed with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. At least 12 units of the certificate must be unique to differentiate it from other certificates. A certificate is best used when there is a compelling market-place need.
What is a graduate certificate? Accordion Closed
Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit units. Many graduate certificate programs require more than 12 credit units. A graduate certificate can be completed as part of a graduate program or as a stand-alone credential.