UQ receives global grant to offer free online courses
The University of Queensland is among ten educational institutions to receive a tranche of $1.4 million to create courses designed to develop essential human skills in the virtual age.
UQ’s successful course proposal, The Future World of Work – An Immersive Digital Experience, was one of 100 submissions across five continents received by edX, one of the world’s leading e-learning platform providers. .
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Doune Macdonald, congratulated the UQx team on their success, which will allow UQ to further expand its already large catalog of online courses.
“Partnering with edX enables UQ to significantly expand the university’s global engagement, while creating a range of internationally competitive offerings that meet industry and student needs and are co-designed with them,” Professor Macdonald said.
“Australia’s workforce needs will change significantly over the next decade and UQ will become a leading provider of high-quality postgraduate learning opportunities.”
“We know that many professionals will want to tap into and out of education throughout their working lives to develop the specific skills and knowledge they need to progress or change careers, and we are committed to meeting their needs.”
Anna Richards, Senior Manager of Learning Partnerships and Head of Course, said UQ’s winning proposal develops 21st century skills that can be applied in traditional and virtual environments.
“These skills, which include critical thinking, collaboration and communication, information and technology literacy, initiative and adaptability, have been identified as crucial for success in the workplace of tomorrow. “said Ms. Richards.
“This course will prepare learners to embrace digital and automated environments and enable them to switch seamlessly between virtual and physical work environments.”
Founded in 2012 by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), edX is committed to making high-quality educational experiences more widely available.
The platform is open and free to everyone, regardless of previous education or work experience.
Content will be designed for learners entering the workforce for the first time to mid-career professionals looking to upgrade their skills or change direction.
It is also made available to organizations for training purposes.
All proposals underwent rigorous review by an internal interdisciplinary committee which evaluated them based on a variety of factors including adherence to brief and high quality learning design, clearly articulated learning outcomes and market relevance.
EdX founder and 2U’s head professor of open education Anant Agarwal said the organization was overwhelmed with submissions.
“The overwhelming support for this initiative demonstrates the edX community’s commitment to creating highly relevant and accessible educational experiences for learners around the world, and I’m thrilled that this library of content will soon be available to help prepare people from all walks of life to thrive in today’s digital workplace,” said Professor Agarwal.
Since its inception in 2014, UQ courses on the edX platform have accumulated four million enrollments.