The mobilities of micro-credentials

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This paper presents an exploration of the emerging UK policy discourses on micro-credentials. Drawing on the ‘mobilities turn’ in education research (Waters, 2017), I argue that the learner mobility suggested in policy texts on micro-credentials is used to justify an intensification of the instrumentalisation of education and a critique of the rigidities of current higher education systems. I also argue that the imaginary mobilities of the micro-credentialed student depend on dense network assemblages of credit and qualification frameworks, immutable mobile digital records of individual learning achievements, and inter-institutional and international recognition schemes coordinated through digital platforms. The freedoms and flexibilities promised in the mobilities of micro-credentials are both realised through and constrained by the robust moorings of educational infrastructures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSRHE Annual Research Conference Paper Archive
PublisherSociety for Research into Higher Education
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2022
EventSociety for Research into Higher Education International Research Conference: Mobilities in Higher Education - Onli
Duration: 5 Dec 20229 Dec 2022

Conference

ConferenceSociety for Research into Higher Education International Research Conference: Mobilities in Higher Education
Period5/12/229/12/22

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