Thursday, February 25, 2016

Create your own microcredential program for free

I have been in conversations with the Professional Development (PD) department to allow online courses as considered for credit towards column advancement (pay raise).  The department was not hard to convince, barring that the online PD had some type of task that required teachers show that they have achieved competency.  We have gone through several presentations of companies who offer micro-credentials, but they are prohibitively expensive.  How can you create a homegrown micro-credentialing set of courses that teachers can take on their own time?

- Live Google Doc as a menu of courses (make sure each course has a google classroom class code).
- Google classroom set up with training materials and a performance task.
- Google Form - How teachers notify you when they complete a course.
- Someone to verify the quality of the performance task
- Badge - a picture for the teacher/staff member to display digitally (webpage, signature line)

1. Put the topic, tools, course description, amount of time allotted for credit, and any other information on the Google Doc and post this to your webpage, so teachers and staff can view it.

2. Create a Google Classroom course for each training.  For each course you will need descripions, teaching, videos, pictures, The GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODE, and a performance task.

3. Make sure there is a contact form for teachers to contact the staff when they are finished. Google Form and Form Mule or AutoCrat.  That way the person verifying quality gets an email.  If you can get them to agree, have each schools principal be the quality control person.
NOTE: If the person verifying the quality is not at the district office, make sure verification instructions are embedded in the email that they get.

4. Get a picture online that you are free to use share or modify, add the name of the badge to the picture using your favorite photo editor.  Once teachers are verified, send them a digital copy of the badge for them to add to their email signature line.  If you really want, send them a certificate.

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