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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.   Mico-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).

Guest Editors: 
Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Dublin City University
Beverley Oliver, Edubrief
Mark Brown, Dublin City University


  1. Micro-credentials have gained much popularity in recent years, and their popularity has skyrocketed due to emergency remote teaching instigated by the pandemic. It has been defined as a platform that provides ...

    Authors: Jeya Amantha Kumar, Rachel Jasmine Richard, Sharifah Osman and Kevin Lowrence
    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2022 19:18
  2. Increasingly, among international organizations concerned with unemployment rates and industry demands, there is an emphasis on the need to improve graduates’ employability skills and the transparency of mecha...

    Authors: Marcelo Fabián Maina, Lourdes Guàrdia Ortiz, Federica Mancini and Montserrat Martinez Melo
    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2022 19:10