Digital Micro-Credentials in Higher Education





The aim of the project is to describe and create the process of issuing micro-credentials in higher education.

Project title: Digital Micro-Credentials in Higher Education
Project No: 13.1.1-LMT-K-718-05-0003
Project coordinator: Vytautas Magnus University
Contact person at VMU: E. Trepulė,
Project duration: 22 months (November 2021 – August 2023)
Project budget:
299 988,22 EUR

The project will be implemented through main activities:

  1. To describe the process of integration of micro-credentials into study process through revealing their potential to foster social, economic and higher education innovations, as well as contribution to the sustainable post Covid-19 pandemic recovery;
  2. To describe requirements for the micro-credentials’ implementation process;
  3. To adapt the open learning environment to the process of digital micro-credential implementation;
  4. To pilot the process of issuing micro-credentials and to present its potential to foster social, economic and higher education innovations to interested parties, along with the contribution to the sustainable post Covid-19 pandemic recovery.

This project has received funding from European Regional Development Fund (project No 13.1.1-LMT-K-718-05-0003) under grant agreement with the Research Council of Lithuania (LMTLT). It is funded as European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Active Class

The project aims at creating methodology and teacher best practice and scenarios collections that enable teachers in activating students in online classes

Project title: Active Class: Activating Students in Online Classes
Project No: 2020-1-PL01-KA226-HE-096358
Project coordinator: University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland)
Contact person at VMU: E. Daukšienė
Project run: 24 moths (March 2021 – February 2023)
Project budget:
214 650EUR

Project partners:

  1. Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)
  2. Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria)

Project results:

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The project aims to come up with a data structure of course and content typology based on current European and national standards and new research. The resulting grid of extra metadata enables a better mapping and manageability of their badges for VET, HE and CPD institutions. Based on the grid, an open source displayer will be developed, accompanied by a 30 hours course on open badges and DSCs targeted to the issuers and validators to support the implementation of the displayer platform in their institutions.

Project title: Digitally Signed Credentials and Open Badges in VET and HE
Project No: 2020-1-HU01-KA202-078793
Project coordinator: Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem (Hungary)
Contact person at VMU: A. Volungeviciene
Project run: 24 moths (November 2020 – October 2022)
Project budget:
263 265EUR


Intellectual Outputs:

  1. Report on the skills for open badges and digitally signed credentials in the new era;
  2. Development of open badge displayer;
  3. Development of the course on open badges;
  4. Lessons Learned Kit and DISCO platform user guide.



The project aims  to contribute to teacher education for sustainability (EduS) in different European countries.

Project title: TEDS – Teacher education for sustainability. Schools educating for sustainability: proposals for and from in-service teacher education
Project No:
Project web page:
Project coordinator: Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal)
Contact person at VMU: A. Volungeviciene
Project run: 36 months (September 2019 – August 2022)



  1. Framework for EduS
  2. Report about of social representations of teachers and teacher educators on EduS
  3. Multimodal in-service teacher education programs
  4. Multimodal case studies
  5. Framework of in-service teacher education for EduS



The project aims  to develop a self-reflection tool that will help European higher education institutions develop and enhance their strategic approaches for digitalisation.

Project title: DIGI-HE a Strategic Reflection Tool on Digitalisation at European Higher Education Institutions
Project No:
Project web page:
Project coordinator: European University Association (EUA)
Contact person at VMU: A. Volungeviciene
Project run: 36 months (January 2020 – December 2023)
Project budget:
471,204.00 EUR




The project aims to support mobility in the European Higher Education Area by developing an “ECCOE-system” for the recognition of digital credentials. The main aim is to facilitate the endorsement and appropriation of open, online and flexible higher education. In support of this overarching objective, the project aims to increase trust in technology-enabled credentials among students, higher education institutions (HEIs) and employers.

Project title: ECCOE – European Credit Clearinghouse for Opening up Education
Project No: 2019-1-FR01-KA203-062951
Project web page:
Project coordinator: Fondation UNIT (France)
Contact person at VMU: A. Volungeviciene
Project run: 36 moths (September 2019 – August 2022)
Project budget:
449450 EUR


Activities and outputs:

  1. Develop quality descriptors for courses, modules, MOOCs and groups of competences;
  2. Create and validate a Model Credit Recognition Agreement which will be available in 7 languages (DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, LT, NL);
  3. Set up an online catalogue of over 60 disciplinary and transversal modules which have passed the selection criteria for cross-institution recognition;
  4. Design a system for technology-enabled credentials;
  5. Lay the ground for wider take-up via the ECCOE-system network and piloting, by producing and disseminating the supporting documentation that institutional stakeholders need.

National events will take place in the different partner Member States to disseminate the results and involve external stakeholders in ECCOE activities, with the support of public consultations, research papers, online resources and social media.

Expected impact:

  • Higher Education Institutions: efficiency, quality, transparency.
  • Learners: transparency, mobility, employability.
  • Teachers: objectivity of assessment, time-saving.
  • Employers: trust in qualifications.
  • Policy-makers: systemic vision of the conditions required for the take-up of digital credentials.

Other news:


Credential Descriptor Open Peer Review

Open Education Week March 2-6

ECCOE kick-off meeting, Heilbronn

Meeting of project partners by video conferencing

An open discussion about micro-credentialisation




The project aims to empower individual educators to transform and improve their teaching strategies and find the learning opportunities and resources suitable to acquire needed competences.

Project title: EdDiCo – Supporting the Development and Certification of the Digital Competences of Educators
Project No:
Project web:
Project coordinator: Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heilbronn (Germany)
Contact person at VMU: A. Volungeviciene
Project run: 36 moths (September 2019 – August 2022)
Project budget:
439 883 EUR


Intellectual Outputs:

  1. Competence Meta-Model for Digital Educators;
  2. Learning Maturity Model for Digital Education Competence;
  3. Directory of Learning Opportunities and Educational Resources for Digital Education;
  4. Self-Assessment and Recommendation Tools for Digital Education.

EDEN 2020 Conference

Digitally Competent Lecturer and Digitally Competent Teacher



The project aims to provide the most comprehensive policy analysis yet conducted of the impact of modularisation, unbundling and micro-credentialing in European Higher Education.

Project title: MicroHE – Support Future Learning Excellence through Micro-Credentialing in Higher Education
Project No.: 590161-EPP-1-2017-DE-EPPKA3-PI-Forward
Project web page:
Project coordinator: Cooperative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
Contact person at VMU: A.Volungeviciene
Project run: 36 moths (December 2017 – November 2020)


  1. Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  2. European Distance and E-Learning Network, United Kingdom
  3. Institut Jozef Stefan, Slovenia
  4. Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  5. Knowledge Innovation Centre, Malta
  6. Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  7. Knowledge 4 All Foundation, United Kingdom

Project activities:

  • Gathering the state of the art in micro-credentialing in European Higher Education today, by organizing the first European survey on micro-credentials in HE, surveying at least 70 institutions across the continent, with the aim of understanding the current level of provision, the types of micro-credentials offered and future trends in provision of micro-credentials.
  • Forecasting the impacts of continued modularisation of Higher Education on HE Institutions by using forward-scanning techniques, specifically through the use of DELPHI methodology.
  • Examining the adequacy of European recognition instruments for micro-credentials, in particular ECTS, the diploma supplement and qualification frameworks.
  • Proposing a ‘credit supplement’ to give detailed information about micro-credentials in a way compatible with ECTS, the diploma supplement and qualification frameworks.
  • Proposing a meta-data standard and developing an online clearinghouse to facilitate recognition, transfer and portability of micro-credentials in Europe.


MicroHE Expert Panel Workshop

MicroHE conference in EDEN


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The project aims to foster the open collaboration of HE teachers and VET trainers to design online, open and collaborative learning activities for diverse target groups embedding digital, social, and intercultural competences.

Project title: Vocational Online Collaboration for Active Learning (VOCAL)
Project No.: 2016-1-HU01-KA202-022916
Project web page:
Project coordinator: Budapest University of Technology and Economics – BME
Contact person at VMU: A.Volungeviciene
Project run: 24 moths (November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2018)

Project partners:

  • Vytautas Magnus University – VMU, Lithuania
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics – BME, Hungary
  • Baden-Würtemberg Cooperative State University Heilbronn – DHBW, Germany
  • Universidad de la Iglesia de Deusto – UDEUSTO, Spain
  • Ogres Tehnikums – OT, Latvia
  • Lithuanian Association of Distance and e-Learning – LieDM, Lithuania

In order to meet this aim, the partnership will develop training materials and organise face-to-face, week long training events where teachers and trainers will be able to

  • develop skills to digitalise quality learning resources, to design online collaborative learning activities embedding digital, social, and intercultural competence development, and to tutor international, intercultural diverse learner groups,
  • collaborate designing mutually online and open curriculum for diverse international learner groups, and
  • establish open educational practices for future references.

The project will enhance access to training for all through C-VET developing online and open curriculum and empowering teacher and trainer collaboration.

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Teachers training on 8-12 May 2017 in Kaunas, Lithuania

Short – term joint staff training

Second short-term joint staff training in Heilbronn

Multiplier event “Collaboration for active learning”


Multiplier event Collaboration for active learning

Meeting of VOCAL project partners in Riga



Project aim – to create instruments to develop validated OOL for recognition of prior and non-formal learning.

Project name: ReOPEN: Recognition of Valid and Open Learning
Project No.: 2016-1-LT01-KA202-023131
Project website:
Project coordinator: Vytautas Magnus University (
Contact person VMU: A.Volungevičienė
Project duration:
24 moths (November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2018)

Project partners:

  • Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuaia
  • ESCP Europe Wirtschafthochschule, Germany
  • Q21, Germany
  • University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre – SRCE, Croatia
  • European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), United Kingdom

Project results:

  • To design a platform for non-formal open learning curriculum (e.g. MOOC) development with learning validation and recognition instruments in place (learner credentials, digital badges, learning path recognition and assessment tools);
  • To train T&TT at C-VET organizations, companies, HE institutions and adult learning organizations to:
    a. design validated non-formal open learning curriculum (e.g. MOOC or other)
    b. apply of digital badges as a new form of digital credentialisation and tracking one’s learning path in non-formal open learning
    c. recognize non-formal open learning results in formal curricular;
  • To exploit the new platform and to design non-formal open learning courses for continuous professional staff developing applying learning recognition instruments for validated non-formal open learning;
  • To establish partnership for future collaboration for non-formal open learning recognition (reviewing curriculum in partner institutions and preparing information on potential recognition of open learning).

Related news:

ReOPEN project kick-off meting in Kaunas

ReOpen questionnaire on ICT platform requirements

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3nd meeting in Seville, Spain. October 3-4, 2017

ReOPEN project short – term joint staff training week

ReOPEN multiplier event “Open Studies for Open Society”

Issues of open learning recognition in ReOPEN newsletter

Recognition of Valid and Open Learning (ReOPEN)