Support and Preparation for Applicants
For individuals seeking professional development activities that are aligned with the core competency micro-credentials of the CEP Credentialing Program, Campus Compact offers information about two distinct kinds of preparation opportunities: approved training opportunities & communities of practice. While these opportunities are optional, they can play an important role in helping you prepare your micro-credential application(s).
1. Approved training opportunities: An approved training opportunity is a specific learning program (e.g., course, seminar series, workshop, etc.), offered by a third party provider, designed to help individuals improve or enhance their professional knowledge, skills, and effectiveness. Trainings are based on guided instruction, grounded in a clear curriculum, and deliberately designed to achieve specific learning goals. Approved training opportunities are those that have been reviewed by our Content Advisory Board which looks closely at the content and quality of the experience and identifies which key competencies in a micro-credential area are addressed. Approved trainings are those we believe will help CEPs advance their understanding or improve their practice in one or more core competency areas.
2. Communities of practice (CoPs): A CoP is a learning community, or collegial network, that Campus Compact defines as “a group of people who share interest in an area of inquiry and engage in collective learning about that issue as it relates to their work or practice. Through discussions, joint activities, and relationship building, the community of practice develops a shared and individual repertoire of resources, skills, and knowledge to use in their practice.” (MN Campus Compact). We believe that CoPs can play an important role in helping CEPs prepare and apply for micro-credentials by providing participants with: (a) a space to share, reflect on, and build their knowledge around key competencies they are expected to demonstrate to earn certification, and (b) a valued cohort experience for collegial support as they reflect on their professional practice and prepare to submit required materials as part of the application process. CoPs are not focused on content delivery but rather fundamentally designed to provide collegial support for those pursuing micro-credentials. CoP offerings that are listed on our website are reviewed and approved by Compact staff administering the credential. When approving a specific CoP for the credentialing program, we look to assure that its design is democratic and that it embraces and embodies the following equity-based principles: that (a) everyone has knowledge to share, (b) everyone has learning to do, and (c) participants bring many identities and ways of knowing and that such diverse expressions should be encouraged and incorporated into CoP activities. Unlike a training opportunity described above, a CoP is by its nature less didactic, instructional, and content driven; learning goals are identified in process and strived for in a collective manner.