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Open Thematic Series

Call for Papers: Micro-credentials and the Next New Normal in Digitally Enhanced Higher Education Ecosystems

The special issue of the International Journal of Technology in Higher Education will publish a collection of papers which critically and analytically focus on micro-credentials as the “next new normal” for digitally-enhanced and -enabled learning in higher education ecosystems.   Micro-credentials are purported to offer more flexible, digitally-enabled, learner-focused, and wide-reaching education and training opportunities for learners. Whilst the emergence, adoption, regulation, and impact of micro-credentials and other forms of digital credentials present a number of opportunities, they also raise important questions and challenges for all stakeholders (i.e. learners, employers, educational institutions, and government and professional bodies).

Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Institutional and national credentialing processes, strategies, governance and policies
  • credential ecology
  • quality assurance and recognition frameworks
  • co-construction of micro-credentials
  • employability
  • lifelong and lifewide learning
  • transversal skill
  • neoliberal ideologies
  • academic trajectories
  • value propositions of micro-credentials

Guest Editors: 

Beverley Oliver, Edubrief; Professor Emeritus- Deakin University
Mark Brown, Dublin City University
Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Dublin City University

Submission deadline: 31 July 2021