Agreed approach to academic benefits
A microcredential must offer learners one of the following academic benefits:
- Give credit to a learner at the conclusion of the microcredential.
- Provide an exemption of credit on a future degree program, providing the learner is successful in applying to that degree later on. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning in the UK and Australia, but also sometimes as ‘Credit for Prior Learning’.
- Be equivalent to a credit bearing course. This may be used by US universities who are unable to either award small chunks of credit, or recognise prior learning in an official way.
Storing learner data
Once enrolled on a microcredential, the learner’s primary relationship will be with the partner providing the course, who will be the Data Controller.
As Data Controller, the partner must commit to storing learner data for the long term, and needs to find a way to do this outside of FutureLearn. This should be whatever data the learner is required to provide in the future, in order for them to redeem one of the three academic benefits outlined above.
At present, FutureLearn does not have a way of storing learner data in the long term.
Do you need to assess microcredential learners using your normal Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)?
If yes, you may need to enrol microcredential learners as students, and can offer them credit.
If no, you may not need to enrol microcredential learners, and could offer them Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Do you have a way of storing learner data for the long term that does not require the learner to be enrolled as a student?
If not, it may be advisable to enrol learners as it is important that you can maintain this data outside of FutureLearn.
Download the above video at this link to view a demo of how to upload and publish learners' final results for your microcredential on FutureLearn via Learning Manager.
To find out more about storing learner data, and the implications this may have on your decision on the enrolment status of a microcredential learner and what academic benefits your microcredential will offer, please speak to your FutureLearn contact, who will be able to advise you.