Micro-Credentials Offered by the University of Maine System


List of micro-credentials available on Badgr.

Learn more about each micro-credential:

DescriptionThis micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) 4-H STEM Ambassadors pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Recipients of this micro-credential earned at least one 21st Century Skills micro-badge. Learners completed core training in Positive Youth Development, Experiential Learning and Risk Management and applied their learning in a real-world setting. Leadership was exhibited within their continued role as 4-H STEM Ambassadors or as a senior member of a team. The following skills were developed: collaboration, resilience, independence, written communication and self-awareness through reflection. Recipients of this micro-credential developed competence in facilitating STEM activities with youth. Evidence was verified and assessed, using rubrics and performance feedback, by authorized UMS faculty/staff to ensure quality standards were met.

Contact Information:

Email 4-HScience@maine.edu to reach the contact person for your campus:

  • University of Maine and University of Maine at Augusta: Laura Wilson
  • University of Maine at Farmington and University of Southern Maine: Sarah Sparks
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine at Machias and University of Maine at Presque Isle: Greg Kranich

Website: 4-H STEM Ambassadors webpage (External Site)

Categories:

  • Skills
  • Engagement

Who is Eligible: 

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Description: This micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) 4-H Outdoor Leadership pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners completed training in outdoor leadership and applied their learning in a real-world outdoor leadership setting. They have also developed an understanding of and connection to college/careers related to outdoor leadership. Recipients of this micro-credential are able to safely lead personal trips with friends and family in backcountry settings. Recipients developed Core Competencies in: two or more disciplines of outdoor activities (canoeing, backpacking, x-country skiing); group management including leadership, group dynamics, safety and risk assessment; “hard” skills in outdoor leadership such as map and compass, and first aid. Evidence was verified and assessed by authorized UMS faculty or staff to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met.

Contact Information:

Website: 4-H Outdoor Leadership webpage (External Site)

Categories:

  • Skills
  • Engagement

Who is Eligible: 

  • 4-H youth participants and other approved program participants 

 

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Description: This micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) pathway Adult Learning and Teaching (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners completed rigorous faculty development training in adult learning and applied practical, hands-on strategies to improve teaching adult learners. Evidence was verified and assessed using a rubric by authorized UMS faculty/staff to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met.

Contact Information:

Website: Center for Technology Enhanced Learning webpage (External Site)

Categories:

  • Professional Development

Who is Eligible: 

  • Open to all Summer Academy for Adult Learning and Teaching (SAALT) participants and other eligible training participants

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Description: This micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Aquaculture pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners completed training in aquaculture and applied their learning in a professional aquaculture work-based setting. The following skills were developed: use and maintenance of aquaculture equipment, knowledge and skills in culturing aquaculture species, and the ability to apply relevant knowledge and skills in an aquaculture industry setting. Recipients of this micro-credential are able to work professionally within the aquaculture industry. Evidence was verified and assessed by authorized UMS faculty and staff to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met.

Contact Information:

  • University of Maine: Mary Scarlett Tudor, Ph.D. (email for more information: mary.tudor@maine.edu)

Website: Aquaculture Research Institute webpage (External Site)

Categories:

  • Skills

Who is Eligible: 

  • Students/Learners, Professionals/Community; Employees

 

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DescriptionThis micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Career Prepared pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners used the results of a self-assessment to develop a Career Action Plan that included the articulation of skill development, career goals and identification of values, interests and transferable skills. Learners took action and reflected on the attainment of their learning goals. Learners successfully completed at least one career-related, work-based experience such as an internship or approved employment opportunity. Learners developed employability skills by receiving a positive performance evaluation from their work-based supervisor and also earned a 21st Century Skills micro-badge. The recipients of the micro-credential developed skills in career exploration, resume and cover letter writing and job search strategies. They demonstrated competence in articulating their skills development with potential employers. Evidence was assessed, using rubrics and performance feedback, by authorized UMS faculty/staff and work-based supervisors to ensure quality standards were met. Evidence was verified and assessed, using rubrics and performance feedback, by authorized UMS faculty/staff to ensure quality standards were met.

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Categories:

  • Skills
  • Career Preparation

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DescriptionThis micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Computer Support Specialist pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners completed training and applied their learning within a computer support work-based setting or equivalent. They earned the IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, the CompTIA A+ Certification and met standards in academics and employability. These learners are able to provide technical assistance and advice to computer users and organizations. They demonstrated skills and competency in digital literacy, foundational computer installation, preventive maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. Evidence was verified and assessed, using rubrics, certification exams and performance feedback, by authorized Adult Education staff and instructors to ensure quality standards were met.

Contact Information: Maine Department of Education/Adult Education: Meghan Dichter (megan.dichter@maine.gov)

Categories:

  • Industry Skills (Entry Level Job)

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Description: This micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Food Safety pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners demonstrated application of competencies and skills in the development, implementation and management of a food safety system. Recipients completed online training in introductory Microbiology and General Industry Sanitation. Learners successfully completed an approved mentored experiential learning opportunity, internship or field experience. Learners also successfully completed at least two of the following training/certificates: Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP); Meat and Poultry HACCP; Preventive Control (PC) for Human Foods/Preventive Control Qualified Individual training (PCQI). Learners developed practical food safety skills to help ensure the production of safe food in Maine. They completed a Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP) and accompanying record documents and wrote and managed a PC or HACCP Food Safety Plan, demonstrating skills and knowledge of food safety and sanitation in a real-world food processing systems. Upon completion of Level 1, 2 and 3 – Learners demonstrated the following competencies in a food processing environment: Interpretation of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and generated SSOPs and accompanying records, generated PC or HACCP systems, as well as have generated completed food safety systems. Evidence was verified and assessed using quizzes and applied written assignments evaluated by authorized UMS and other faculty and staff to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met. Grading rubrics were utilized during the evaluation for all assignments.

Contact Information: University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Jason Bolton (email for more information: jason.bolton@maine.edu)

Categories:

  • Skills (Industry)

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DescriptionThis micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Global Competency pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners successfully completed an instructional program and global experience that provided greater understanding and appreciation of other cultures and global issues. Throughout the process, they analyzed and applied their shared experiences, incorporating their learning into their academic work and/or shared their experiences through presentations in the broader community. Learners demonstrated global competency in the following skills: Cultural self-awareness, knowledge of other worldview frameworks, empathy with other global perspectives, intercultural verbal and nonverbal communication, intercultural curiosity and openness to diversity. The learners achieved a level of Global Competency that is critical to their full participation in our culturally diverse global society and competitiveness in a global economy. Evidence was verified and assessed using the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) rubric by authorized UMS faculty/staff to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met.

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Categories:

  • Skills (Global Citizen)

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DescriptionThis micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Grant Writing pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners completed grant writing training and applied their learning by completing a draft grant proposal for submission. Learners received feedback from the instructor and presented their proposals to peers. The recipients of the micro-credential gained skills in grant management reporting, locating funding sources, determining capacity and goals for a grant, creating a grants strategy, outcome measurement planning, writing grant sections and creating a budget. Learners understand Requests for Proposals (RFPs), the components of a grant proposal and ways to avoid grant-writing pitfalls. Learners reflected on their learning and provided insights into their expanded knowledge, development and enhanced skills. Learners received one-to-one feedback on their completed drafts and demonstrated competency in grant writing and leading a team in proposal design. Evidence was verified and assessed by an authorized UMS instructor to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met using graded exams, assignments, skills-specific workshops and peer review rubric.

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  • Skills

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Description: This micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Innovation pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Recipients of this micro-credential also earned Education Design Lab 21st Century skills badges Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking. Learners completed training in creating, communicating and evaluating innovation strategies. The recipients of this micro-credential were mentored through the innovation process and applied their knowledge by completing an approved innovation project or internship. Learners also led an idea generation session with a group outside of a course or training. Learners developed competency in the application of innovation skills by seeking out stakeholder opinions and using Innovation Engineering strategies. They developed an innovative mindset and demonstrated the ability to create marketable ideas and ways to act on those ideas. Learners developed skills in creating visuals and/or functional prototypes, creative problem solving, critical thinking and systems thinking. Further, learners reflected on the attainment of their learning goals, the application and synthesis of their learning and skill development and the impact of their work on the community. Evidence was verified and assessed using rubrics by authorized UMS faculty and staff to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met.

Contact Information: University of Maine Foster Center for Student Innovation: Matthew Hodgkin (email for more information: matthew.hodgkin@maine.edu)

Website: Foster Center for Student Innovation – Innovation Micro-Credential webpage (External Site) 

Categories:

  • Skills (Career)

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DescriptionThis micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Leadership pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners completed training in leadership development and applied their learning by fulfilling the responsibilities of a leadership role on campus or in the community, receiving a positive performance review. Learners reflected on the success of their experience and are able to articulate the leadership skills they applied and strengthened while earning this micro-credential. Learners demonstrated employability skills by earning one or more 21st Century Education Design Lab micro-badges. Learners were assessed using the Education Design Lab’s initiative rubric and demonstrated competence in exhibiting initiative (leading with/without a title, acting as a catalyst, demonstrating self-awareness and learning from experience). Evidence was verified and assessed by UMS faculty or staff to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met.

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Categories:

  • Skills (21st Century)

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DescriptionThis micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Project Management pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners are able to use the knowledge and skills gained in training to effectively implement and apply project management skills in a work-based setting. Earning this micro-credential puts a learner on a path to earn the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Learners completed 56 hours of comprehensive project management training that included an overview of the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) frameworks, skills and competencies required to manage a project. Learners’ skills and competencies include an examination of the situation, setting goals to incorporate learning into their individual work plan, team organization, identification of tasks, estimating resources, setting schedules, managing risk, and completion of a plan. Learners received a positive appraisal of their work, demonstrating competency in project management. Evidence was verified and assessed by authorized UMS Project Management instructors to ensure UMS micro-credential quality standards were met.

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  • Skills (Career)

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Description: This micro-credential recognizes and validates the learner’s successful completion of the University of Maine System (UMS) Undergraduate Research Scholar pathway (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Learners successfully completed a mentored research experience and received a positive appraisal of their work and skill development. Competencies were developed in the research process, application of safety and ethical standards relevant to the work, networking and presentation skills. UMS Quality Assurance criteria and standards were met.

Contact Information:

  • University of Maine Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR): CUGR  (email for more information: CUGR@maine.edu)
  • University of Farmington: Contact UMS MC Initiative for more information about the Farmington contacts  (email for more information: ums.mc@maine.edu)

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  • Skills (Career)
  • Research Skills

Who is Eligible: 

  • Contact UMS MC Initiative (email for more information: ums.mc@maine.edu) about eligibility!

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List of micro-badges available on Badgr.

The term “micro-badge” is used to refer to a granular representation of skills, knowledge, and/or abilities. Micro-badges can “stand-alone” or be stacked into micro-credential pathways. Stacked micro-badges add significant value to a micro-credential. Micro-badges can be developed both internally or externally to recognize the skills and competencies that were developed or strengthened. Micro-badges can also represent certifications and industry-recognized credentials or similar types of credentials. Examples of external micro-badges include the eight Education Design Lab 21st Century skills badges, IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, and CompTIA A+ certification badges.


Learn more about each UMS micro-badge:

 

Description: This badge was issued in recognition of the learner’s interest in understanding more about the original peoples of what is now called Maine. The learner explored this history from the time of the Ice Age to the present day. The learner’s knowledge was assessed on State/Tribal Policies, Prehistorical and Historical eras, and the current Indigenous Knowledge perspective. Learners of this badge are able to accurately communicate with others about these topic areas. This credential was designed using learning results that were rigorously tested in various academic institutions and levels of learning.

Contact Information:

Website: Native American Programs webpage (External Site)

Categories:

  • Diversity
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Cultural Awareness

Who is Eligible: 

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Other Mapped Micro-Badges in Academic Courses:

  • University of Maine, CMJ 103: Public Speaking: EDL Oral Communication
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle, BUS/COM 210: Organizational Communication: EDL Oral Communication

View the entire badge catalogue of all available University of Maine System badges on the Badgr Public Page (External Site).


List of micro-credentials available from the Education Design Lab’s 21st Century Skill Badges:

Do you have the 21st Century, transferable skills that employers want? Do you feel a need to keep up-to-date in this fast-changing economy? Is there a particular skill that will help you to advance? The University of Maine System was selected as one of three institutions to participate in the Education Design Lab’s Badged to Hire initiative (External Site).

Education Design Lab developed eight 21st Century Skill badges to help employers find the talent they need:

  • Collaboration
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Empathy
  • Initiative
  • Intercultural Fluency
  • Oral Communication
  • Resilience

To register or learn more, visit our 21st Century Skill Badges webpage.

You may also earn these 21st Century Skills micro-badges in “mapped” courses and activities. 


Contact Us

Are you interested in earning micro-credentials or learning more about how to earn them? Contact ums.mc@maine.edu.