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High-quality micro-credentials for a leading technology university

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In 2020, we partnered with a leading technology university on a pilot project to develop a series of micro-credentials and provide expertise on the design and development of their micro-credential ecosystem.

The credentials enable the delivery of high quality, stackable postgraduate micro-credentialled content online, each representing 30 hours of learning. They focus on various themes of relevance to the professional market such as innovation, leadership, digital mindset, future of work, and influence and persuasion. The audience is post-experience learners and those wishing to upskill in areas of new industry relevance and 21st-century skill development.

Designing a self-directed fully asynchronous credential requires a certain calibre of skills which our Curio Faculty and facilitator community were able to deliver upon. Curio Faculty team members alongside a team of learning designers met with internal project teams to gather an understanding of the overall course structure, specific requirements for the micro-credentials and ways of working. Once the needed product was fully understood, we were able to put together a concrete student-centred learning sequence, including a blueprint that could map the entirety of the micro-credentials suite. Finally, we built the creds in the Canvas learning management system and created an engaging learner experience consistent with the universities’ brand style guide and LMS templates.

Overall, this process was very light-touch on the academics involved, and we were cognisant of overloading academics who were time-poor in this context. A key project success: 6 credentials developed in 12 weeks with minimal disruption on the workflow and capacity of academics involved.

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