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Higher Education 4.0: Certifying Your Future

Dublin City University via FutureLearn


Explore new university accreditation models and pedagogical approaches

This course explores the changing nature of higher education through the lens of the ECIU University initiative.

On this three-week course, you’ll reflect on major educational trends impacting higher education today and consider how universities can be ‘future-fit’ in our increasingly digital world.

You’ll also evaluate how higher educators, policy-makers, and governments should respond beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Social, technological, and employment trends and innovation are all significantly impacting the higher education sector today.

You’ll explore the challenges these changes pose, as well as how they’re shaping the European Skills Agenda – a five-year skills development plan for individuals and businesses based on strengthening sustainable competitiveness, ensuring social fairness, and building resilience in crises.

Discover emerging higher education pedagogies

You’ll study new and emerging pedagogies, and learn how they can be used to better prepare today’s students for the workplace.

You’ll also gain expert insight into authentic, learning-centred approaches, including how they can be used to provide efficient and effective frameworks for deep, meaningful, and impactful new forms of learning.

Explore new approaches to higher education

The rise of microcredentials is recognising diverse skills and providing new pathways for lifelong learning.

You’ll consider why traditional credentials are no longer entirely fit for purpose, and identify the value and potential of these new shorter offerings.

The final sections of the course will ask you to examine cases and examples of how ECIU partner universities are responding to embrace transformative disruptions and explore new digital learning models.

This course is designed for anyone interested in conversations around the future of universities, as well as a desire to understand new accreditation/certification models, and pedagogical approaches.

This may include educators working in universities as well as academic staff at educational institutions.

Taught by

Conchúr Mac Lochlainn

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