Persona Based Questions

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* I have heard about quick format micro-credentials and wonder if my school offers them. How might I find out?

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* As a student, can I use a micro-credential to pursue further education?

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* I see that an applicant has a lot of micro-credentials. How can I sort through them to see which ones are applicable to the position I am hiring?

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* As an institution, we want to be sure that we say that badges (or digital credentials) are not all micro-credentials, but we are having a hard time helping our students and the public understand this. What suggestions might you give us on how to explain?

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* I’ve seen badges come through HR, but now an applicant has a micro-credential. What is the difference between a micro-credential and a badge?

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* As a student I just earned my first badge! What should I do with it?

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* As a student I would like to know if employers care about badges and micro-credentials. How would I know?

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* How do I know that the employee who is showing me a micro-credential actually did the work and gained the credit?

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* How should we be encouraging our student to use their badges or digital micro-credentials?

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* A potential employee sent me proof of completion for a micro-credential but it is not from a college. Is it still valid?

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* I am a student, can you tell me who actually owns my micro-credential when I earn one?

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* As an issuer of micro-credentials, what aspects should I pay attention to to ensure that we do not offer a program of study that has negative impacts on students?

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* I know that other non-postsecondary institutions are offering micro-credentials, should we see these organizations as competitors? How do we know that they are offering the same rigor and structure that we are?

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* AI has provided the following statement about how micro-credentials relate to finding employment. Please review and respond with your opinion about the relevance and accuracy of this response: 

Micro-credentials can help students get jobs by providing them with a way to showcase their skills and accomplishments to potential employers. Micro-credentials can also help students stand out from the competition and demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning.

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* I am an employer and am curious, are micro-credentials less expensive than traditional degrees?

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* As an issuer, how can I be sure that others outside of higher education will recognize the micro-credential I earn?

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* Should we allow students to show only part of their micro-credential? Or should make sure that like a transcript, everything in a student’s academic record must be shown together?

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* I want to recognize a micro-credential when I see one come across my desk. But it seems like there are some negatives to doing so. Are students getting the same type of instruction in soft skills that I have grown accustomed to associating with degrees?

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* AI has provided the following statement about pros vs cons of earning a micro-credential.  Please review and respond with your opinion about the relevance and accuracy of this response: 

Some consequences or weaknesses of micro-credentials include:
They may not be recognized by all employers.
They may not be as valuable as a full degree from an accredited institution.
They may not provide the same level of education or training as a full degree.

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* Can I get financial aid to pay for my micro-credential?

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* Does an applicant own their micro-credential? Or is it just a manifestation that they met certain criteria?

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* As an employer, I am not sure how I feel about micro-credentials. I understand that in some cases the classes are not transferable to other colleges. Should that worry me?

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* Should we retain ownership of the credential, or should we give it to the recipient and let them do with it what they want to do?

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* An employee has just earned a micro-credential and said that she can email it to me. That seems a little fishy since I usually get transcripts straight from colleges. Is that right?

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* As a college we are wondering, should I offer micro-credentials to students at the same cost per hour average that we use for traditional classes? Or should the amount be lowered? Or raised?

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* As someone who offers micro-credentials, should they lead to further education? Or should we approach them as stand alone certifications?

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* I am a student and I don’t want everyone to see all of my micro-credentials because I am concerned that I may be judged for some of my affiliations. Can I selectively choose which micro-credential to show others?

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* My college offers both micro-credentials and badges, but I am not sure what the difference is?

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* AI has provided the following statement about how someone might find out if  micro-credentials are offered by an institution of higher education. Please review and respond with your opinion about the relevance and accuracy of this response: 

If you offer micro-credentials as an option, you can inform students by providing information about the micro-credentials on your website or through other marketing channels. You can also provide information about micro-credentials at events or fairs that you participate in. You can also reach out to students directly to let them know about the micro-credentials that you offer.

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* An applicant for one of my open positions just told me that they completed a micro-credential at the local community college, but I don’t know what that means. Can you please explain what a micro-credential is?

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* As a student, how do micro-credentials relate to other large milestone credentials in my life?

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* Should we be offering financial aid to students who are enrolled in micro-credential programs?

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* As a student, I want to make sure that what I earn is a secure and can’t be forged. Are micro-credentials secure?

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* As an employer I care about the influence of technology on my employees. I own quite a bit of crypto and just found out that some micro-credential documentation lives on a blockchain. Is that true of all badges and micro-credentials?

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* I am looking at options, and I see that micro-credentials exists not just through my local college, but also through Coursera and elsewhere. Should I go through someone other than a college? Will it have the same earning power?

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* I want our students to be able to share their micro-credentials with others. How do I get other colleges and employers to receive what we are encouraging them to share?

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* As a student I care about understanding the technology behind micro-credentials. I have heard that they are related to blockchains somehow. Are all micro-credentials stored on a blockchain?

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* I am a student and am a History major, and I just learned that my college is offering a Holocaust Studies micro-credential. How would it relate to the degree I am already getting?

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* As a student, I know what a degree means, but I am not sure that micro-credentials are all positive. What are some drawbacks, or some negatives associated with pursuing micro-credentials?

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* As an institution, how can we be sure that micro-credentials relate to other larger milestones credentials in the lives of students?

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* As an employer, would it matter to you if a micro-credential could be used to pursue further education in an employee?

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* AI has provided the following statement related the ownership of micro-credentials.   Please review and respond with your opinion about the relevance and accuracy of this response: 

Micro-credentials are digital credentials that are owned and managed by the learner. The learner can share their micro-credentials with employers and other stakeholders to demonstrate their skills and abilities.

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* I am worried about how much college is going to cost. Are micro-credentials the same cost or less expensive than a degree?

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* As a new student I have heard about micro-credentials, but I don’t understand them, can you please explain what a micro-credential is?

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* Should we be using open badges 2.0 standards? Or should we be looking towards Verifiable Credentials? What is the difference? And are they all stored on a blockchain?

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* I want an employee to go get a micro-credential, but I can’t afford to pay for it for them. Is financial aid available for my employee to take a micro-credential?

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* How do I align my micro-credential content to ensure that recipients are likely to get a job as a result of the micro-credential?

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* How can we be sure that the micro-credential that we are offering will help students to get a job?

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* As an employer, how can I verify that micro-credentials are recognized by others in my same industry?

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* As an issuer of micro-credentials we are having a conversation about transferability of these certifications. Should we be thinking about how a micro-credential transfers to another institution?

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* What are the benefits to a student as they obtain a micro-credential?

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* AI has provided the following statement about the cost of micro-credentials.   Please review and respond with your opinion about the relevance and accuracy of this response: 

There is no one answer to this question as the cost of micro-credentials can vary depending on the provider and the specific credential. However, some examples of micro-credentials and their approximate cost are as follows:
The Harvard Business School Online Certificate in Business Analytics costs approximately $1,500.
The University of California, Berkeley Extension Certificate in Data Science costs approximately $2,700.
The Northeastern University MicroMasters in Data Science costs approximately $2,700.

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* How can we be sure that we are including perceived benefits and value to students as we are building and offering micro-credentials as an institution?

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* As an employer I want my local university to start teaching micro-credentials that are aligned with my staffing needs. How do I get a college to start offering micro-credentials?

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* How do I notify current students and potential students that we are offering micro-credentials at my college?

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* I just earned a micro-credential! How can I share it with my employer and the college I am about to transfer to?

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* I am worried that I will put in the work to receive a micro-credential and then it won’t transfer. Will they transfer? And, should I be worried?

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* As a learner I am going to get an early childhood micro-credential. I think this will help me to get a job, but I am not sure. How would I know if a micro-credential will help me to get a job?

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* As an issuer I would like to know if employers care about the badges and micro-credentials we are offering How would I know?

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* An employee just sent me a link to a badge they earned. What should I do with it?

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* Can a student use a micro-credential to get a job?

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* A college already offers English as a Second Language, but a faculty member is proposing to take a handful of classes and then to turn them into a micro-credential. How would this micro-credential relate to the degree?

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* AI has provided the following statement about how micro-credentials relate to a degree. Please review and respond with your opinion about the relevance and accuracy of this response: 

From the perspective of a student, micro-credentials may be seen as more immediately useful than a traditional college degree with regards to employment. Micro-credentials may be seen as demonstrating more specific and relevant skills than a degree, which can make them more attractive to employers. Additionally, micro-credentials may be obtained more quickly and at a lower cost than a degree, making them a more attractive option for some students.

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* As an institution, how do I make sure that the micro-credential that we are building is aligned with industry standards and will be recognized?

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* I want to signal to future employees that I am willing to accept micro-credentials instead of a degree. How do I do that?

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* How am I supposed to interpret micro-credentials as they compare to degrees and other larger milestones in a student’s life? Are they the same as other degrees?

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* How can I signal to institutions and others that we care about badges and micro-credentials

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* How can I benefit if I start to recognize micro-credentials in the hiring process for my company?

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* As a college, how do I ensure that our micro-credentials are secure and not vulnerable to duplication, falsification, or fabrication?

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* As an institution, I see that an applicant to the graduate school completed a micro-credential and I see the classes they completed. But I don’t know how I am supposed to interpret the fact that they have a micro-credential and not a traditional degree.

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* AI has provided the following statement related the ability to selectivity disclose micro-credentials.   Please review and respond with your opinion about the relevance and accuracy of this response: 

Yes, you can. You can share your micro-credential with anyone using a unique URL. You can also share it on social media, in an email signature, or on your resume.

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* Should I use micro-credentials to feed decisions about who to employ?

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* As an employer, how can I check with others across industry, and even between enterprises to ensure that others are seeing the micro-credential the same way that I am?

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* How can I be sure that a micro-credential is recognized by an industry before I start the program?

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* My Dean just asked me to find out more about micro-credentials because she wants to start using them, but I am not sure what they are. Can you please explain what a micro-credential is?

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* As an employer, I am not sure how I feel about micro-credentials. I understand that in some cases the classes are not transferable to other colleges. Should that worry me?

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