Micro-Credentials for Professional Learning for AIMS Teachers

Micro-credentials are performance-based, specialized professional learning opportunities where educators can immediately apply their new learning directly to their classroom or work environment. 

These educational technology focused micro-credentials will allow educators to improve, enhance, or supplement their current skill sets and learn new techniques in an area of professional interest aligned with their students needs, school-wide instructional goals, and/or their school’s specific technology initiatives.

Each micro-credential is a stand-alone opportunity for learning and growth. The order of micro-credentials is a suggested progression for educators to dive more deeply into the content, utilizing knowledge from their teaching and previous professional learning. Micro-credentials may be taken in any order, but the progression of Micro-credential 1 to Micro-credential 4 is what is suggested for the greatest learning and classroom impact. 

Each micro-credential is fully online and requires an estimated 15 hours of work that will span 4-8 weeks and includes no cost, open-access digital resources, so there is no additional materials you need to purchase! Small classes of 20-25 participants per micro-credential will be facilitated by expert educators supported by Loyola University Maryland. These educators will review all work and assignments, ensuring that achieving a micro-credential certificate represents a meaningful early step on the path to accomplished teaching. At the conclusion of a micro-credential, participants who complete the work at a proficient level will receive a Continuing Education Certificate recognized by Loyola University Maryland for future professional use.

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Micro-credential 1: Choosing & Using Tech Tools for Higher Level Learning

Discover different technology tools and their use in the classroom to support higher level learning. There are many technology tools available for the Four Cs (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity), but choosing and using the most effective tool to redefine your classroom and engage students in higher level learning can be challenging. Utilizing the well-known SAMR model, this micro-credential provides you with the skills to critique, analyze, connect, and apply technology tools to your classroom focusing on higher level learning.

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Micro-credential 2: Project-Based Learning

Gain the knowledge, theory, and foundational skills needed to design, create, and apply project-based learning experiences in your classroom. Project-based learning involves more than just a creation assignment at the end of a unit. Incorporating student-centered learning and real-world application of the content through critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity will lead to deeper learning and higher student engagement. In this micro-credential, you will develop an authentic project-based learning experience for your classroom.

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Micro-credential 3: Designing Your Curriculum for Personalized Learning

Designing personalized learning goes beyond selecting technology tools, incorporating student-centered, real-world applications, and implementing the Four Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity). Personalized learning includes many aspects of adapting the instructional environment such as what, when, where, and how students learn and designing your curriculum, as well as choosing technology, to fit those needs. In this micro-credential, you will develop the foundation and skills to apply instructional design models and select appropriate technology as you create personalized learning units that span your curriculum.

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Micro-credential 4: Leading Technology Professional Development

Develop the knowledge and skills to create and lead technology professional development to support improved student learning. Engaging adult learners in a technology professional development session goes beyond the basic skills of knowing the tech tool and creating a presentation. Theoretical and practical approaches to leadership and adult learning theory as well as online and face-to-face staff development techniques will be the focus in this micro-credential as you create a technology-related professional development learning opportunity.

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For more information or questions, contact:

Irene Bal, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, Loyola University Maryland

iabal@loyola.edu or 410-617-1561

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Alecia Berman-Dry, Director of Outreach and Professional Development, Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools

aberman-dry@aimsmddc.org or 410-761-3700 x1001