Otago Polytechnic is about to launch EduBits – small credentials that enable applicants to ‘show what they know’ by validating their expertise. People submit evidence of their skills, as required by each EduBit, which are then assessed and recognised with a digital certificate. These certificates, sometimes called badges, can then be shared on social media sites and online CVs and with employers.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is running a pilot to test and evaluate micro-credentials. Otago Polytechnic’s EduBits is included in this pilot.

EduBits are evaluated by qualified and expert assessors, sometimes in collaboration with industry partners.

Otago Polytechnic’s Jo Brady says the micro-credentials offer people a new way to prove their knowledge.

“EduBits are a great way for people to gain recognition of career-relevant skills without taking time off work for study. They’re ideal for personal and professional development, and can be gained as and when needed,” she says.

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