This study explored the multiple intelligence representation in the micro-credentials designed by Malaysian educators and the reasons for integrating multiple intelligences in their course materials. The study was guided by the eight indicators of multiple intelligences suggested by Howard Gardner. We conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with 20 educators from a university in the northern region of Malaysia. The thematic analysis guided by Braun and Clarke shows a number of reasons why educators included the indicators in designing their content for micro-credential. Educators generally demonstrated that they used all the multiple intelligences indicators in designing the micro-credentials. The findings are encouraging and suggest that all eight intelligences can be included in designing micro–credentials to enhance students' learning experiences with the help of technology. Finally, the authors suggest a pedagogical framework that can be considered by educators who intend to design the micro-credentials.


educators, higher education institution, micro-credential, multiple intelligence, qualitative study, technology

Author Bio(s)

Mohd Elmagzoub Eltahir is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Education Department, College of Humanities and Sciences at Ajman University Dr. Eltahir research interests include, e-Learning, Educational Technology, Blended Learning, and Multimedia in Education, and has presented and published most of his papers at Professional International Conferences and Refereed scientific journals. He teaches Educational Courses in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs.

Nagaletchimee Annamalai (corresponding author) received a Ph.D. degree in teaching English as a second language (TESL) from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. Currently, she is a Senior lecturer at School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is aware of the current values, preferences, and needs of digital natives and 21st-century learning classrooms. She has published her articles in national and international journals. Please direct correspondence to naga@usm.my.

Samer H. Zyoud received his M.Sc. degree in Physics from University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer at College of Humanities and Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates and PhD Student at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. His research interests include blended learning, educational technology and online learning. He is the author/co-author of more than 60 articles published in international journals.

Dr. Najeh Rajeh Al-Salhi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Sharjah. He holds a doctorate degree. Certificate in Curriculum and Science Methods. He also worked as a research associate at the College of Humanities and Humanities at Ajman University and worked at the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Center and the Nonlinear Dynamics Research Center (NDRC), Ajman University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates. He also worked as a science and chemistry supervisor at the Ministry of Education in Jordan. He published most of his research in specialized international conferences and scientific journals.

Bilal Zakarneh is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages at Ajman University, UAE. With a specialization in English language studies, his research interests encompass Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Discourse Analysis, English Literature, Online Teaching, and English for Specific Purposes.

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