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Micro-credentials – from the classroom to the boardroom : A panel session

  • Date

    October 27, 2022

    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Duration

    1 hour 15 minutes

  • Location
    Virtual On-Demand

Following on from the introductory panel session on micro-credentials in Melbourne a month prior, this session is focused on the impact of micro-credentials on business and industry. Developed economies have identified that there is a shortage of a skilled workforce. The Australian National Skills Commission gives a good summary of job vacancies in the UK, US, NZ and Australia. Their Skills Priority List found that 42% of Technician and Trade Occupations are currently in shortage in Australia.

A micro-credential is evidence of the holder’s competence, skills, and experience. Nothing new there – these requirements apply to a credential such as a driving license. What is new is the focus on skills building that involves co-creation – a partnership where industry and business determine the skills that they need and in partnership with the learning design experts from the sector that best fits them works to that.

This session begins with a background briefing on the skills shortage and outlines the response of other geographies. It then dives deeper into micro-credentials based upon the experience of the three sectors involved in learning design – a public vocational education provider, a public university provider, and a joint vocational and tertiary education provider. Topics include co-development, how to include board members, changes to the employment and education markets, and the need for business agility. In the case of digital micro-credentials, the credibility and delivery depends upon a stable and scalable platform such as D2L’s Brightspace.
The panel members were:

  • Prof Gabriele Suder, Dean, New Business Accelerator, Federation University
  • Ms Jenny Dodd, CEO, TAFE Directors Australia
  • Prof Simon Barrie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Western Sydney University

This session is moderated by Mr Tony Maguire, Regional Director ANZ, D2L

Watch this video to gain access to the content that was covered in the panel discussion.