The biggest challenge of micro-credentials is the acceptance and recognition of these credentials by employers and policymakers. In many countries regulators of higher education, have incorporated micro-credentials into their policies.
In a country such as New Zealand, micro-credentials are accredited and stackable to lead to a qualification or to provide students with just enough knowledge, skills, and competencies to be gainfully employed. The New Zealand government also provide institutions of higher education with a subsidy for these micro-credentials.
In Canada, the United States, Brazil, and the European Union a lot of work is done around the creation of policies and frameworks that allow for the creation and accreditation of micro-credentials.
Are there discussions around micro-credentials happening in South Africa?
In South Africa, micro-credentials are still viewed as non-credit bearing, the same as our short courses . But many higher education institutions have started the discussions around what micro-credentials may look like for South Africans, so yes, the first step has been taken. Words such as widening access, addressing unemployability, building skills, preparing individuals for the labour market as well as the unbundling and re-bundling of qualifications are on their agenda.