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Browse through these frequently asked questions or, if the answer you’re looking for isn’t here, contact us or phone 0800EduBits (0800 338 2487).

What is a micro-credential?

A micro-credential is a single, typically-shareable endorsement or testimonial of a learner’s achievement of specific skill and/or knowledge. A micro-credential is essentially a qualification - a small one. As such it demonstrates a set of skills and/or knowledge that are worthwhile in their own right and worthy of recognition.

A micro-credential may also certify a set of competencies for a specific job. Micro-credentials are not qualitatively different from traditional qualifications - they are different only in size and scope.

What is the difference between micro-credentialing and micro-learning?

Micro-learning is an experience designed to impart a small or defined set of skills and/or knowledge. Micro-credentialing is the process of certifying that the stated set of skills and/or knowledge have been applied.

What are EduBits?

EduBits are quality-assured, data-rich micro-credentials, designed and issued by a top tertiary institution. They are a 'right-size, on-demand' learning and/or assessment of your ability to apply skills, experience and knowledge in a real-world environment.

At the heart of an EduBit is an assessment method based on recognition of prior learning, which means you can earn an EduBit through a range of learning options.

Most EduBits are assessed and awarded online. On successful completion, you are awarded a digital recognition of your achievement that can be uploaded to your online CV or online profiles.

Because our micro-credentials are data-rich their validity is assured. Your digital credential provides evidence of the criteria required to earn the EduBit, when it was earned and who issued it.

Here is an example of an EduBit digital credential.

What does quality-assured mean?

As a category one New Zealand Qualifications Authority provider, Otago Polytechnic has the highest possible quality assurance rating. Quality assured means that EduBits are designed, delivered and assessed to best practice standards. Learners can rest assured they are getting the best.

How is an EduBit earned?

Learners provide evidence to an assessor that they can apply the skills and/or knowledge. The assessor verifies the accuracy of that evidence against pre-determined academic specifications, i.e. that the evidence is valid, reliable and sufficient. The evidence can result from a defined learning experience, or from actual practice, making EduBits a more flexible way of showing what you know.

What is evidence of applied skill or knowledge?

Evidence can take many forms but falls into four broad categories: something you’ve created; reflection; declaration and observation. Evidence is preferably naturally occurring - showing you using your skill/knowledge appropriately in a practical situation, such as a workplace.

What subjects can I earn EduBits in?

There are a wide range of EduBits - some with learning, some assessment-only - to suit the needs of different individuals, organisations and industries. These range from business and professional capabilities such as presentation skills, project management, and sustainability analysis, through to industry-specific requirements, for example Assist with Rearing Dairy Calves, Electric Vehicle Battery Diagnosis, and Basic Affineur Skills.

There are currently over 100 EduBits to choose from and we are constantly expanding the scope. Contact us to tell us about any other EduBits you would like to get.

Who powers EduBits?

Otago Polytechnic, one of New Zealand's leading tertiary education institutes, is proud to power EduBits. We hold the highest possible quality assured status rating from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) in both Educational Performance and Capability in Self-Assessment. This means that EduBits learning and assessments are always designed, delivered and assessed to best practice standards. Learners can rest assured they are getting the best.

We have more than 50 years’ experience providing assessment and learning programmes throughout New Zealand and internationally. We have qualified, expert assessors on the team to make sure that the EduBits you earn are credible, valuable and CV-worthy.

Many EduBits are offered in partnership with industry bodies who are experts in their chosen field. These industry endorsements mean that the assessment and subsequent award is relevant to real-world needs and expectations.

How much does an assessment cost?

The cost of an EduBit is determined by your choice of learning options (online, workshops, blended, etc.) and on the level of skill and capability being assessed. For example, an EduBit for creating a business plan will require more time to assess than one for presentation skills. You can find the cost of each EduBit on the See EduBits page.

What do I need to submit for assessment?

Each EduBits assessment is different but all ask you to show us your naturally occurring evidence that the skill in question is being applied in your everyday work. The requirements are based on the topic and the level of skill necessary. Select the EduBit you are interested in to see what evidence is required before you purchase it.

Usually you will be asked to include evidence of the work you have produced, such as plans or documents, or a video of you completing some of the required tasks. You may also need to write about your expertise or capabilities and support this with testimony from your employer.

How is evidence assessed?

Expert assessors based around the world will consider the evidence submitted from the person. It is assessed for sufficiency, reliability, validity and that it meets the specifications set out within the EduBit. If it does, you’ll be awarded an overall outcome of “Achieved” and notified by email to claim and share your EduBit.

What happens if I don't meet the assessment criteria?

If the evidence you provide doesn’t line up with what you’ve been asked to show, the assessor will provide feedback so that you know what you need to do next.

If there are minor gaps in the evidence submitted, you will be given 14 calendar days to ‘Resubmit’ the additional evidence at no charge.

If there are major gaps in the evidence submitted, your overall outcome for that submission will be marked as ‘Not Yet Achieved’. You will be encouraged to spend some more time practicing this skill or competency, applying the feedback from the assessor to strengthen your evidence portfolio, and to try again in the future.

What does ‘second chance’ or ‘resubmit’ mean?

If the evidence you provide has minor gaps and doesn’t quite meet the assessment criteria, the assessor will email you with a ‘second chance’. You will have 14 days to have another go at gathering the exact evidence requested.

What does a ‘not yet achieved’ outcome mean?

If there are major gaps in the evidence you’ve submitted, your overall outcome for that submission will be marked as ‘Not Yet Achieved’. You will be notified by email and encouraged to spend some more time practicing this skill or competency, applying the feedback from the assessor to strengthen your evidence portfolio. Then, you can try again in the future by purchasing a new assessment.

Christmas break

Because the EduBits Service is resourced by real humans not robots and algorithms, we take a little time off over the Christmas period to be with family and friends, to refresh, reflect and reinvigorate.

Assessment evaluation delays

There will be no EduBit marking from Christmas Eve until the first week in January. EduBits evidence can still be uploaded to the website during that time. Any questions to will be answered asap on our return.

Our phenomenal, hard-working, complement of expert writers, assessors, moderators, operations management and IT support crew will be back gradually after New Year, creating some delays to our usual 14-day marking turnaround. We expect any backlogs will be cleared by the end of January.

We apologise for any inconvenience. Please accept our thanks for your  continued support of the EduBits Service and our best wishes for a happy festive season. 

Will EduBits count towards a qualification at an academic institution?

Currently, only OERu EduBits are mapped to formal academic credit.

It is always at the discretion of the specific institution whether they choose to offer credit towards a qualification or admit a student into a specific course. For this reason, EduBits aren't a guarantee of credit towards a qualification or entry into an academic institution but they can be taken into account.

Are EduBits stackable? Can they lead to a post-secondary credential?

Yes. An appropriate set of EduBits may be combined and acknowledged as meeting the specifications for a traditional and larger qualification, or part thereof. Traditional qualifications may be designed to be achieved through acquisition of EduBits. Talk to us about your goals so we can help develop an academic program for you.

Can I get my employer to pay for my EduBits assessment?

Yes. If your employer is not already set up as a partner with EduBits, ask them to get in touch with us.

We can work with businesses to develop tailor-made EduBits that are customised to your unique organisational messages and strategy.

Is it easy to share EduBits online?

Yes. EduBits are shareable and transferable, making the skill or knowledge you have transparent to a third party, e.g. your current or future employer, professional networking groups, etc.

Credly’s Acclaim platform is our micro-credentials vault; making it as easy as clicking a button to share awarded EduBits on your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or other online networking accounts, as well as embedding them into your online CV.

Because EduBits micro-credentials are data-rich, their validity is assured. Your digital badge links directly to evidence of what you had to do to earn the EduBit, when it was earned and who issued it.

What are the benefits of EduBits for Employers?

Given EduBits focus on the evidence of applied skill or knowledge, they can allow for accurate assessment of the effectiveness of training and workplace skill-mapping. If completed prior to training being offered, they can reduce unnecessary training for employees. EduBits can be developed and amended quickly, keeping pace with rapid change in workplace skill and knowledge requirements.

What are the benefits of EduBits for Learners?

EduBits improve learner equity by breaking down traditional barriers to education. Learners can validate current knowledge and skills, including transferable skills, potentially without the need for further training. Learners can take a strategic approach to their learning by completing EduBits that meet their specific skill and knowledge requirements, and then look to combine them into a wider credential, if appropriate. EduBits can be completed alongside existing workplace activities and validate a wide range of learning sources.

How do I get a customised EduBit created for my business?

Get in touch with us to talk about your needs. We can develop on-demand customised learning modules and EduBits assessments for your business.

We can also credential your existing in-house training via EduBits.

How long does it take to create a customised EduBit?

We can develop, gain academic endorsement for and publish a tailor-made EduBit for your business within six weeks.

How soon will I get my EduBit?

EduBits evidence is assessed by real human beings; experts in New Zealand and from around the world, not by computer algorithms. Best efforts are made to have your evidence evaluated by an expert assessor in around 14 calendar days. During peak times, it may take a few days more but we'll get in touch with you if this is the case. Once awarded you can claim and share your digital micro-credential instantly.

How do EduBits let me work at my own pace?

Accessible online, 24/7, you can complete your EduBit in your own time and your pace. There are no deadlines (unless you are resubmitting evidence) or course intake dates.