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K-State Today

October 25, 2022

K-State launches nine microcredential pilots in fall 2022

Submitted by Ashley Nietfeld

Kansas State University's efforts to build a lifelong learning ecosystem are underway with the launch of nine microcredential pilots this fall. The microcredentials showcase the variety of learning that can take place with offerings for undergraduate and graduate credit, noncredit, in person, online and hybrid.

The microcredential offerings include:

  • Microcredential in Content Creation — College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Fundamentals of Data Analytics in Business (Using Python) — College of Business.
  • Introduction to Strategic Innovation — College of Business.
  • Formulating an Innovation Strategy — College of Business.
  • Implementing an Innovation Strategy — College of Business.
  • How to Build Relationships, Share Control and Teach Positive Behaviors — College of Education.
  • The Inner Life of the Professional Educator: Strategies for Surviving and Thriving — College of Education.
  • Grant Development and Management Microcredential — K-State Research and Extension.
  • sUAS Pilot Microcredential — K-State Salina.

"These pilot microcredentials are an exciting opportunity for us to expand university offerings and for more learners to engage differently with the university," said Karen Pedersen, dean of K-State Global Campus. "This pilot year will serve as a springboard for the development of a comprehensive, universitywide microcredential infrastructure."

K-State is using the 2022-23 academic year as a pilot year for the Microcredential Initiative. After a call for proposals in K-State Today earlier this fall, a small number of microcredentials were approved or are moving through the review process for the 2023 spring semester. No new pilots are being accepted for the spring, but faculty and staff interested in proposing a summer pilot can complete a brief online form. If there is interest from your department, college or campus in learning more about microcredentials, email microcred@k-state.edu and a briefing will be collaboratively scheduled.

Microcredentials are short units of learning and offer pathways to achieve affordable, accessible, focused and immediately acknowledged learning opportunities. Visit the Microcredentials Initiative website for more information on microcredentials at K-State. Funded by Strategic Investment Funds in 2021-22, this initiative is guided by eight workgroups comprised of more than 50 university leaders.