Credential: documented award by a responsible and authorized body that attests that an individual has achieved specific learning outcomes or attained a defined level of knowledge or skill relative to a given standard. Credential, in this context, is an umbrella term that includes degrees, diplomas, licenses, certificates, badges, and professional/industry certifications. (Connecting Credentials – Glossary of Credentialing Terminology June 2016)
Micro-credentials is a very generic and loosely used term. Whether completion of a course, attainment of a certificate, or developing a specific learning competency - the term micro credential is used widely to describe all. At UNT, our framework includes micro-credentials which are individual learning outcomes/skills attained and measured in courses or other UNT activities.