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Museums are in crisis. Now more than ever, the structure and nature of museums, museum work and more specifically museum leadership has been called out by academics, museum professionals, community members, and activists to transform museums into cultural institutions that are more inclusive, ethical, and less harmful to historically marginalized communities. This micro-credential examines leadership models that museum professionals around the world are using to engage with members of priority communities ethically and meaningfully. Through representative case studies and discussions with institutional leaders, practitioners, academics, and community members, this micro-credential delves into topics such as decolonization, Indigenization, co-curation, oral history, contemporary collecting, inclusive design, and conflict resolution, to illustrate a vibrant and evolving museum leadership practice taking place in different corners of the globe. This micro-credential has been developed in collaboration with the Toronto History Museums and the Canadian Museums Association.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have gained:

  • An understanding of the complex challenges faced by institutions and practitioners
  • The skills to assess the specific challenges at thier own institutions
  • An understanding of what is required to repair and build meaningful relationships with historically marginalized communities
  • An understanding of what is required to maintain spaces of social inclusion and community building
  • An understanding of the need to hire, mentor, and support IBPOC museum staff at all levels


  • Students must maintain a minimum of 80% class attendance per course
  • Instructors assess the student’s work and issue a pass or fail grade (student must receive a passing grade to qualify for the micro-credential)


Earning Your Micro-Credential Badge

As part of the modules in each micro-credential, you will complete assignments and exercises outlined in each micro-credential. These build towards the required evidence for each micro-credential that is submitted at the end of the micro-credential modules.

Successfully demonstrated application the key outcomes as part of the required evidencing will be recognized with a digital badge for the specific micro-credential. A link to the badge will be sent via email that can be added to resumes and posted on social media platforms.

What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credential is a new model that uses short, focused credentials to verify mastery of a skill or competency, and is designed to target high-demand skills, leading to faster hiring.

The process offers a digital credential, which is the official certification of the acquisition of an individual’s skills or capabilities. It is awarded in a digital form, which is verified, secure and shareable with peers, employers and educational providers.

Why micro-credentials now?

Micro-credentials can be used to recognize both vertical and transversal skills. Coupled with the in-depth learning obtained in a field of study, micro-credentials can be used to present a more holistic view of an individual’s abilities and achievements.

In today’s fast-changing workforce and emerging gig economy, a nimble recognition system is essential for both professionals and employers, who are increasingly moving towards skill or competency-based hiring.

To learn more about micro-credentials, please visit the eCampusOntario website.

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