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Microcredentials

Microcredentials

Funded Microcredentials for the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Workforce 

The Open University in Scotland is committed to helping the Community Learning and Development (CLD) workforce to gain new qualifications and become more digitally agile. 

Supported by the Scottish Government, we are offering a number of fully funded places on our online teaching Microcredentials for those working in the CLD sector. The courses begin on 20 June 2022. This opportunity has been promoted widely to the CLD workforce.

If you are unable to apply for a funded place and are still interested in studying one of the courses available, there are still other ways to pay including self-funding and employer sponsorship. The deadline for signing up is 20 June 2022.

If we can offer another funded cohort later this year, we will provide more information here. 

For your information, the courses which were available are:

Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners (HZFM881)

On this microcredential, you’ll discover how adults learn online – and at a distance – drawing on key theories. You’ll evaluate technologies for supporting online and distance learning in specific contexts, drawing on a range of experiences and research to learn how to design engaging and inspiring online courses successfully. You’ll examine different online teaching and learning methods in terms of their appropriateness for specific settings and learners, and ways of ensuring your classes are inclusive and accessible.

Level: Postgraduate 

Start date: 20 June 2022 

Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week) 

On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11 

Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses (HZFM882) 

This microcredential will equip you with the skills you need to evaluate and improve your online courses. Designed for individual educators and trainers as well as learning institutions, this microcredential will support you to ensure the ongoing success of your online courses and technology-enhanced learning (TEL) provision, whatever your sector. This course will support you to create an ethical course evaluation framework, analyse cause and effect relationships in your findings, share appropriate insights with stakeholders, and ultimately improve the impact of your online courses. 

Level: Postgraduate 

Start date: 20 June 2022 

Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week) 

On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11 

Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum (HZFM883) 

This microcredential offers educators from a variety of sectors and settings the opportunity to better understand the impact of mental health issues on learners. It will give you the knowledge and tools to embed student mental health and wellbeing in the curriculum through the design of teaching, learning and assessment activities and the application of Universal Design for Learning. You’ll develop a greater awareness of the triggers and issues that can lead to mental health difficulties and how to address these within your practice, whilst also exploring institution-wide approaches to mental wellbeing.

Level: Postgraduate 

Start date: 20 June 2022 

Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week) 

On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11 

Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning (HZFM884) 

This microcredential provides teachers and professionals working in education with the skills to understand, design, and deliver online learning that is accessible and inclusive.  This course will provide you with blended teaching strategies that combine the benefits of online study with face-to-face teaching. You’ll explore how current technologies and emerging innovations are improving study for millions of learners with disabilities such as hearing impairments, visual impairments, speech, language and communication needs, and physical disabilities.  

Level: Postgraduate 

Start date: 20 June 2022 

Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week) 

On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11 

Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity (HZFM885)

This microcredential will give you an understanding of the differences between equality, inclusion and educational equity, and of the ways equitable participation in online learning can be provided in different learner contexts. You’ll hear from experts in learning design who are experienced in addressing inequity in all its forms, including decolonising the curriculum and making it more inclusive. You will consider the importance of breaking the cycle of exclusion, discrimination, and disadvantage through the design and delivery of online teaching. 

Level: Postgraduate

Start date: 20 June 2022 

Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week) 

On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11 

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