Monday, July 15, 2024

VCU Global Education Office offering two new microcredential digital badges - VCU News

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Education Office has debuted two microcredential digital badges – Global Zone Training and Peace Corps Prep – that offer educators and students specialized instruction to meet the evolving landscape of college and beyond. “The digital badging that is now being offered through the Global Education Office is yet another example of ‘at-home internationalization’ and is an innovative global initiative that benefits the entire VCU community,” said Jill Blondin, Ph.D., associate vice provost for global initiatives. “The knowledge that is gained through Global Zone training not only enhances professional development, but it also equips faculty and staff members to serve our international student community optimally.”

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Assoc Profs Guan Chong and May Lim on harmonising micro-credentials to help adult learners - CNA

The Singapore government has urged Institutes of Higher Learning to mutually recognise each other's certificates from bite-sized courses. These 'micro-credentials' are typically for job-specific skills, which can be stacked to a diploma or degree. Associate Prof Guan Chong from the Singapore University of Social Sciences Academy, and Assoc Prof May Lim, Assistant Provost in Applied Learning at the Singapore Institute of Technology, shared how standardising the naming of micro-credentials can help adult learners.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Is Data Analyst a Good Career with AI? - S Akash, Analytics Insight

The role of data analysts has become very critical in today's digital age when most organizations want to leverage the power of data for informed decision-making. Artificial Intelligence integrated into Data Analytics makes changes on a large scale, opening up many challenges and opportunities. It therefore looks at whether a career in the field of data analysis is relevant vis-à-vis AI advancements, featuring the skills required, areas of opportunities, and future prospects.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Levelling the skilling playing field: Democratising skills for a green future - HR World SE Asia

Southeast Asia's green economy is booming, but a skills gap threatens to leave many behind.  Democratising skilling through online platforms, micro-credentials, and targeted programs can unlock the region's green potential and ensure a skilled, inclusive workforce for a sustainable future. The World Bank paints a compelling picture, one billion jobs are expected by 2030.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Unmasking the Truth: Mathrubhumi Media School’s Online Certificate Course in Fact-Checking - Mathrubhumi Media School

In today's digital age, the battle against misinformation, disinformation and malinformation is more crucial than ever. Recognising this pressing need,  the Mathrubhumi Media School has launched a one-month online certificate course in Fact-Checking and Verification.  The course delves into the critical distinctions between various forms of misleading information. Participants will explore the nuances of misinformation, disinformation and malinformation.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Level up career potential with SCC's fast track certificates - Scottsdale Community College

Micro-credentials offer a practical solution for those looking to switch careers or climb the professional ladder faster. In today's fast-paced job market, quickly gaining new skills can be the key to career advancement. More than ever, career-driven individuals seek micro-credentials to expand their expertise and stay competitive. Micro-credentials offer a practical solution for those looking to switch careers or climb the professional ladder without committing to years of full-time education. Scottsdale Community College (SCC) stands out in the educational landscape with its Fast Track Certificates. These 31 unique programs are designed to equip students with the skills they need for new job opportunities in just six months.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Internships, online courses define summer session - Anne Krapfl, Iowa State University

Iowa State enrolled 7,375 students in summer session opportunities this year, about 60% of them at the undergraduate level. Just under half (48%) of all summer students are enrolled in online classes only. According to enrollment data collected by the university registrar's office, the summer student body features 4,666 undergraduates, 2,555 graduate students and the 154 members of the fourth-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine class in their 12-month finaleStudents in many degree programs completing not-for-credit internships that are encouraged, though not required. While some students record these high-impact summer experiences through the university's 390 internship course series, hundreds did not.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Universities Investing in Microcredential Leadership - Lauren Coffey, Inside Higher Ed

As microcredential programs slowly gain traction, more universities are looking for leaders to coordinate the efforts. More universities are seeking dedicated leaders for microcredential programs. Amy Heitzman noticed a new trend when UPCEA, an online and professional education association, put out calls last year to institutions looking to bulk up microcredential programs. “Five of the 40 [applicants] said, ‘We’re going to hire someone to head this up,’” said Heitzman, UPCEA’s deputy CEO and chief learning officer. “And it was like, ‘Oh?’ But it was not surprising, because it’s essential.” Microcredentials—also known as digital badges, credentials, certificate, or alternative credentials—grew in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they are attracting renewed interest as institutions look to widen their nets for nontraditional students as an enrollment cliff looms.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

6 Free Courses With Certificates To Learn High-Income Skills In 2024 - Rachel Wells, Forbes

In a booming labor market where the job vacancies and demand outpace the supply of skilled professionals, your well-rounded skill set is what matters the most—even more than your degree. But out of all the skills needed in the workplace right now, AI skills seem to be the prevailing theme amongst employers. In fact, "73% of employers consider hiring talent with AI skills and experience a priority," says recent findings from an AWS survey that sought to understand the workplace sentiment towards AI skills. "But, nearly three in four (75%) of them say that they can’t find the talent they need," evidencing a significant AI skills gap.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

The New Innovator's Dilemma: Fostering Young Talent in the Age of AI - Julia Freeland Fisher, Harvard Advanced Leadership Review

Disruptive innovation theory is a theory of competition between firms. But when it comes to mentoring early talent within firms, the same dynamics shape managers’ tradeoffs. Mentoring is a high-cost endeavor with poor incentives. It’s hard to justify investing in early talent whose added value starts off low and yields unpredictable returns. “This problem is analogous to The Innovator’s Dilemma, in which [companies] fail in spite of seemingly doing everything right,” said Martin Permin, founder of the mentoring platform Pelion. “The return on mentorship typically follows an S-curve, which means gratification is delayed. This means mentoring is often deprioritized by well-meaning, busy people.”

Friday, July 5, 2024

Cornell transforms generative AI education and clones a faculty member - Molly Israel, Cornell Chronicle

Cornell University, a top-ranked leader in the growing field of AI research and development, launched a groundbreaking online certificate program, Designing and Building AI Solutions, with one-of-a-kind features designed to enhance the learning experience in our AI world. Lutz Finger, program faculty author and senior visiting lecturer at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, generated an AI clone of himself who continuously updates the courses with new content, keeping the curriculum relevant as real-world developments happen. “We are democratizing AI,” says Finger. “No coding experience is necessary. What sets this program apart is its design for non-technical professionals. By the last class, participants will have identified a potential business application and built their own AI product to meet that business need.”

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Retraining your best people, upskilling new hires through free virtual education - Kyle Harrison, Smart Industry

Effective knowledge transfer requires systematic planning and execution. Mentorship programs, job shadowing, and cross-training are some methods used to facilitate this transfer. However, these approaches can be time-consuming and may not always be prioritized in fast-paced manufacturing environments. Moreover, the success of these programs depends heavily on the willingness and ability of the retiring experts to communicate their knowledge effectively as well as the capacity of the recipients to absorb and apply this information. Online tutorials often offer a range of modules that can be tailored to the industry's specific needs. This customization allows for more relevant and targeted learning experiences, enhancing the overall effectiveness of the training. This approach improves the efficiency and effectiveness of employee training programs.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Lakehead gets $190K to offer micro-credentials for in-demand jobs - Orillia Matters

Lakehead University has been awarded $190,580 as part of the Ontario government’s second round of the Ontario Micro-credentials Challenge Fund. This year, Ontario is providing funding for 88 micro-credential projects as part of its investment of $5 million for eligible post-secondary institutions to work with industry to co-create or expand rapid training programs that respond to Ontario’s evolving labour market. “The Micro-credentials Challenge Fund brings industry and institutions together to create programs that strengthen Ontario’s workforce and economy,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities in the Ontario Government’s media release. “Micro-credentials reflect current and local labour market needs and immediately prepare students for industry-relevant opportunities in their region.”

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

The Rise of Micro-credentials: Unlocking New Opportunities - Begüm Avcı, Sertifier

In today’s increasingly digitized world, traditional forms of certification and credentialing are being complemented and, in some cases, surpassed by the rise of Micro-credentials. They have gained significant traction across various industries and educational institutions. These virtual representations of skills, accomplishments, and knowledge provide a portable and verifiable way to showcase one’s expertise and achievements. This article explores the emergence of micro-credentials, their benefits, and the vast array of opportunities they unlock for individuals, organizations, and educational systems.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Instructure, Internet2 form council to tackle data management in education - Back End News

Instructure, an edtech company, together with Internet2, a research and education community, established the Data Advisory Council. This new initiative aims to address the increasing data management and archiving needs faced by higher educational institutions worldwide. The council, composed of experts from Instructure, Internet2, and various academic institutions, will focus on developing and recommending consistent data hygiene and governance standards. It aims to tackle several pressing data-related issues including the management of vast quantities of data, safeguarding student privacy, and ensuring data security. 

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Navigating the Evolution of Microcredentials and Open Badges - Brittany Gooding, atd

In recent years, there has been a notable transformation in how we prepare individuals for the workforce. Traditional methods are making way for new approaches driven by recognizing specific skills and experiences. The rise of technology and online learning platforms has brought microcredentials and open badges to the forefront, offering learners alternative paths to showcase their capabilities. While both concepts serve this purpose, they differ significantly in their structure, purpose, and application.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Loyalist College receives $250,000 in funding for development of rapid training programs - Zach McGibbon, Quinte News

Loyalist College has announced they have been selected to develop five rapid training programs as part of $250,000 in funding from the Ontario government. The funding comes through Ontario’s Micro-credentials Challenge Fund. According to a press release from Loyalist College, micro-credentials offer targeted training for career-specific skills. The credentials take less time to complete than diplomas or degrees. The five programs that will be developed are as follows:

Friday, June 28, 2024

Effective Decision-Making: Essential leadership skills - London School of Economics

This highly interactive and collaborative online certificate course will equip you with decision-making skills essential to be effective and deliver impact in your career. Through exploring the science behind decision-making your problem-solving and critical thinking skills will be enhanced. Using Barbara Fasolo and Umar Taj's proprietary tool – the Decision Canvas™ – you’ll be guided through a step-by-step process for formulating clear, unbiased decisions. Learn how to compensate for blind spots in your decision-making process by exploring and interrogating cognitive bias and automatic judgements. By focusing on an informed awareness of debiasing and choice architecture, this course will improve your intuitive decision-making, and prepare you for an increasingly tech-reliant world that requires professionals to use their interpersonal skills to navigate change and uncertainty.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Programme/Project Monitoring & Evaluation for Accountability and Learning (PMEAL) - Online Certificate Course - IPHDC

Monitoring and Evaluation are crucial processes in supporting programme and project implementation, contributing to organizational learning, ensuring accountability, providing opportunities for stakeholder feedback to be captured and promoting evidence-based decision making. They assist in understanding whether a programme or project is on track and achieving its objectives and intended impact. By tracking progress and collecting data, project managers can identify issues early and take necessary remedial actions. IDEAL Public Health and Development Consultancy (IPHDC), has organized this training which aimed at equipping participants with knowledge and skills for designing and implementing effective monitoring and evaluation within their humanitarian and development programmes/projects for accountability and learning.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

UK Turning to Micro-Credentials to Gain Digital Skills for Jobs - NIKOLAZ FOUCAUD, HR Director

The UK has seen a 961% increase in AI upskilling but lags behind other nations, including the US and Brazil. Despite government-backed efforts to cement the UK’s place as a science and technology superpower by 2030, with multi-million-pound investment in AI, new research*. The data reveals rapid growth in GenAI course enrolments – a 1,060% year-on-year increase – as the world races toward AI literacy. While the UK has seen a 961% increase in AI upskilling in the past 12 months, it has seen a lower uptake than the global average, and lags behind the US (1,058%). Nations across the world appear to be prioritising AI upskilling more than the UK. In Brazil, which ranks among the global top 20, and which attains cutting-edge proficiency in tech and data science, there has been a 1,079% year-on-year increase in GenAI course enrollments.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

New graduate certificate to prepare students for global leadership challenges - Chris Hybels, Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is launching a new graduate certificate that is designed for individuals interested in developing inclusive global leadership practices to support their work in a variety of educational and organizational learning contexts. The College of Education and Human Development's new graduate certificate in global leadership and learning (GLL) will be offered in both a hybrid and online format beginning fall semester 2024.