Time: May 5, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m.
- Laurie Harrison, Director, Digital Learning Innovation, ITS
- Daniella Mallinick, Director, Academic Programs, Planning and Quality Assurance, Office of Vice-Provost, Academic Programs
This session will provide insight into the post-secondary sector’s rising interest in short, skills-focused courses known as “micro credentials,” reflecting a global trend and changing learning landscape. The pandemic has also accelerated the provincial investment in this strategy, with micro credentials becoming a core component of COVID-19 recovery plans of the Ontario government and emerging as a targeted deliverable for their funding initiatives.
U of T has responded to this changing landscape with exploration of our current capacity and future opportunities, including coordination of efforts to support micro-credential programming and align with our strategic goals. Expanding on our degree and certificate programs, these new short courses may meet student needs for development and verification of applied skills and knowledge, typically with a workplace focus.
Successful growth of micro credential offerings will demand attention to the program planning, new workflows and infrastructure required for success. This includes market analysis, academic program governance, community partnerships, curriculum mapping processes, digital content development, registration and financial tracking, program delivery support and digital badging platforms.
Join this session for an overview of the rising provincial investment in micro credentials, related new developments within U of T and the emergent implications for the information technology professionals. The session will end with a round table inviting participants to share divisional interests and any local project activity related to micro credentials.