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For-Credit Innovation Learning

Digital Self-Paced Micro-Credentials

RGU will pilot a new and radical way of learning in higher education over the autumn of 2019, with a range of bite-sized fully digital classes in a range of innovation, future of work and entrepreneurship topics, known as micro-credentials, being made available to all RGU students for free.

Advances in technology combined with the need to upskill and reskill requires adaptation of the more traditional boundaries of learning. These new mini-modules will give RGU students a 24/7 opportunity to gain relevant career skills and knowledge in a self-paced manner. Participants can take these in short bursts on any device at any time. This new initiative is industry-aligned, competency-focused and will be offered beyond the student population in 2020.

Micro-credentials offer individuals the opportunities to document both formal and informal learning and have it verified through a digital badge which can be displayed on social media sites such as LinkedIn. These portable credentials provide evidence of achievement making them efficient vehicles for allowing official recognition of competencies which can move with an individual from one context to then next. Micro-credentials are designed to augment not replace traditional forms of teaching and learning.

These initial innovation-oriented, digital courses are being developed based on the practical curriculum devised and used by the RGU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG) with support from the RGU Department of Enhancement of Teaching, Learning and Access (DELTA). These modules will supplement the face-to-face classes this team currently offers students.

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