European MOOC Consortium launches Common Micro-credential Framework

The EMC has launched the framework alongside its founding platform partners to establish an international set of criteria for MOOC credentials

The European MOOC Consortium (EMC) has launched a Common Micro-credential Framework (CMF) to provide an international quality-assurance standard for MOOCs.

The CMF has been created alongside the EMC’s partners, including FutureLearn, France Université Numérique, OpenupEd, Miríadax, and EduOpen.


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A leading driver for the development of the framework is the demand from learners to develop new knowledge, skills and competencies from shorter, recognised and quality-assured courses.

The CMF establishes a framework for these goals to be achieved across Europe’s leading MOOC platforms and the universities within their networks.

The EMC partners are proud to be collaborating, along with our respective university partners, to try to ensure there is greater consistency, quality and portability built into the micro-credentials that we develop.
– Mark Lester, EMC / FutureLearn

Speaking on behalf of the EMC, Mark Lester, managing director for educational partnerships at FutureLearn, said: “The current crop of micro-credentials have so far popularised short forms of online learning among universities, but the proliferation of different types of micro-credentials is becoming confusing to learners and employers.

“The EMC partners are proud to be collaborating, along with our respective university partners, to try to ensure there is greater consistency, quality and portability built into the micro-credentials that we develop.”

The CMF requires that micro-credential courses are capable of earning academic credit. This requirement ensures courses must be developed within the university’s national qualification framework and, in Europe, in line with the European Qualification Framework (EQF).

In order to qualify as a micro-credential within this framework, a course must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a total study time of no less than 100 hours and no more than 150 hours, including revision for, and completion of, the summative assessment.
  • Be levelled at Level 6 or Level 7 in the European Qualification Framework or the equivalent levels in the university’s national qualification framework.
  • Provide a summative assessment that enables the award of academic credit, either directly following successful completion of a micro-credential or via recognition of prior learning upon enrolment as a student on the university’s course of study.
  • Operate a reliable method of ID verification at the point of assessment that complies with the university’s policies and/or is widely adopted across the platforms authorised to use the CMF.
  • Provide a transcript that sets out the learning outcomes for a micro-credential, total study hours required, EQF level and number of credit points earned.

The first micro-credentials under the CMF framework are expected to be ready for enrolment via platform partners in the second half of 2019.

More information about the EMC can be found on their website here.