Earlier this month, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) published its second report on micro-credentials, “Short Courses, Micro-Credentials, and Flexible Learning Pathways: A blueprint for policy development and actions” (2023). Another guiding light for BadgeTour project!

This paper picks up where the former “Towards a Common Definition of Micro-credentials” report left, in which UNESCO provided basis for discussion on such a multifaceted topic, involving academic recognition and quality assurance (qualifications frameworks) but also mobility.

More and more, a deeper understanding of micro-credentials can’t ignore their power to visualise the espanded spectum of learning, from formal, non-formal to informal learning. In the same way, the BadgeTour project results allign with basic yet strong idea and promote micro-credentials theories and practices in the tourism sector whose strong rebound is expected to continue well into 2023 (ref. Europe Travel Commission).

Following trends across the world, this last UNESCO policy paper discusses existing definitions, decribes challenges of micro-credentials and proposes solutions for the successful implementation of short courses and flexibile learning pathways, a “regular and even dominant feature of education and training globally”. Researchers also collected examples of how micro-credential programmes have been recognised in European and OECD coutries, including relevant government authorities, higher education institutions and industry, both by providers and consumers. Read the full policy paper here!

In line with this vision, future VET managers and trainers of the tourism sector trained with the BadgeTour training course will have the chance to both familiarize with micro-credentials and try to build their own Open-Badge-driven learning offer for a more resilient and sustainable tourism.

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