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Use Case: Certification & Micro-Credentialing

Use Case: Certification & Micro-Credentialing

Micro-credentialing is the process of providing people with some credentials that build up into a bigger qualification, and those credentials are often represented by badges. You can do this in a few ways across Brightspace depending on your setup, but ultimately you may want to release a certificate to recognize total completion of a course.


You can create custom certificates in Brightspace using replace strings to insert learners details, and release conditions to automatically release them based on various criteria. This criteria could be based off final grade, calculated grades, completion of all topics, anything really.

Issuing certificates is a great motivator, and something that recognizes that learners did the work which is great for non-accredited courses.

Another way you can release certificates is based off badge accrual, which is where we come onto micro-credentialing.


What are micro-credentials? Micro-credentials are representations of achievements, competencies, or participation in learning activities. They can sit outside of traditional learning courses, and represent a wide range of skills.

What benefits do micro-credentials have?

For your learner:

  • Badges can represent work you’ve done in the past that may not be tied to a traditional accreditation, but is something they can use to show their skills in the working world.
  • Incentivize them to continue learning new skills.

For your organization:

  • By creating a micro-credential model you can identify skills gaps in your organization.
  • Create a learning culture.

What can I do in Brightspace?

You can use Discover to surface micro-credential courses to your organization, with completion (based off attainment, or just participation) releasing a badge. Users can then share those badges wherever they see fit to highlight their skills.

Leader boards and overview areas of possible credentials can not only incentivize users to continually upskill, but can also encourage other colleagues to do so.

Based on multiple badge accrual, you can always release an overarching certificate to recognize their learning.

Want to learn more about micro-credentialing?

Visit the Brightspace Community:

Addressing the Skills Gap through Micro-credentialing Part I

Addressing the Skills Gap through Micro-credentialing Part 2

Badging overall is a main part of game theory and gamification.


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