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FutureLearn Launches First Suite of Microcredentials

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FutureLearn.com, the leading social learning platform, has launched their first suite of microcredentials created in partnership with some of the most innovative universities in the world including Dublin City University, The Open University, Deakin University, The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE), Monash University, and Queensland University of Technology.

FutureLearn microcredentials are accredited, online courses designed to help learners build specialised skills relevant to their career and come as the direct response to demand from both partners and learners to fight the skills gaps by enabling graduates entering the workplace to stay relevant and marketable.

Simon Nelson, Chief Executive of FutureLearn, commented, “Microcredentials are what every partner wants to talk to me about. We can all see that the workplace is changing, learners want, and need, to be able to learn more skills, and universities are brilliantly placed to help them do that. Our partners are also working more closely with industry partners on these microcredentials, The Open University and Cisco, being a great example of this. We expect to see such collaboration emerging as a clear trend in the next year or two as industry takes responsibility for upskilling its employees.”

The seven microcredentials launched this week include courses in Cyber Security, Data Science, Photography, FinTech, Project Management and Teacher Training.

Please note, FutureLearn microcredentials have strict enrolment deadlines - see below!

Cyber Security Operations (Cisco CCNA)
By The Open University endorsed by Cisco Networking Academy
12 weeks | Postgraduate level | £600
Aimed at anyone who wants to master the skills required for a career in cyber security.
Learners will develop the professional skills to respond to and prevent cyber attacks and crimes.

On completion, learners will receive:
  • 15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University
  • Certificate of Completion from Cisco Networking Academy
Learners will also have permanent access to the Cisco NetAcad platform and all learning resources associated with the microcredential.

Enrolment closes on the 2nd March
Find out more here:
Cybersecurity with Cisco - Online Microcredential - FutureLearn


Data Science: Data-Driven Decision Making
By Monash University

12 weeks | Postgraduate level | £753
Aimed at professionals who want to be able to make better business decisions using data wrangling, modelling and storytelling techniques.
Learners will learn how to interpret and explain data to inform the decision making process. It includes data wrangling, R Programming, interpreting data analysis and designing solutions for big data challenges.

It is strongly recommended that learners have studied maths or statistics at first-year undergraduate before joining this microcredential.

On completion, learners will receive:
  • 6 credit points at Postgraduate level from Monash University
  • A Certificate of Completion from Monash University
Enrolment closes on the 10th March
Find out more here:
Data Science Microcredential - Online Data Course - FutureLearn


Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio
By The Open University endorsed by Royal Photographic Society

10 weeks | Undergraduate level | £450
Aimed at photographers who want to develop their skills and improve their photography.
Learners will explore the theory and practicalities of digital imaging and use their work to create a photography portfolio for professional work.

On completion, learners will receive:
  • 10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University
  • A Certificate in Photography from The Royal Photographic Society
Enrolment closes on the 16th March
Find out more here:
Learn Photography - Digital Photography Course - FutureLearn


FinTech - Financial Innovation
By Dublin City University

12 weeks | Postgraduate level | £1,200
Aimed at financial professionals, or postgraduate students who are transitioning into a fintech role or looking for further career development.
Learners will explore key elements of the FinTech landscape, the main technologies behind the FinTech revolution, and how technological innovation has benefitted the finance industry.

To qualify for this microcredential, learners require a honours degree in business, finance, or a related discipline.

On completion, learners will receive:
  • 5 ECTS credits at Postgraduate level from Dublin City University
  • A Certificate of Completion from Dublin City University
Enrolment Closes on the 23rd Feb
Find out more here:
FinTech: Financial Innovation - Online Microcredential - FutureLearn


Project Management: Managing Front-End Planning
By Queensland University of Technology

10 weeks | Postgraduate level | £990
Aimed at project management professionals or graduates who are looking to take their project management learning or career to the next level.
Learners will go through how to plan and manage large-scale projects, using project planning tools and techniques to overcome common project issues and support project delivery.

On completion, learners will receive:
  • 12 credit points at Postgraduate level from Queensland University of Technology
  • A Certificate of Completion from Queensland University of Technology
Enrolment closes on the 3rd March
Find out more here:
Project Management - Online Microcredential - FutureLearn


Research Methods
By Deakin University & Griffith University in partnership
Developed by Griffith and Deakin Universities to teach you how to conduct research to a professional and academic standard.
13 weeks | Postgraduate level | £742
Aimed at anyone who is currently or planning to conduct quality professional standard research, either in a workplace or academic context.
Learners will get insight into the real-world application of research methods and techniques through several research case studies.

On completion, learners will receive:
  • Academic credit at Postgraduate level from Deakin University and Griffith University
  • A Certificate of Completion from Deakin University and Griffith University
Find out more ►


Teacher Training: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
By The Open University

10 weeks | Undergraduate level | £450
Aimed at teaching professionals in schools, colleges, universities and other educational settings.
This microcredential will take learners through how to embed mental wellbeing in their teaching, discover inclusive teaching strategies and learn how to design learning activities that are conducive to students’ mental health.

On completion, learners will receive:
  • 10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University.
Enrolment closes on the 16th March
Find out more here:
Teacher Training Microcredential - Mental Health - FutureLearn
 

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