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May 28, 2020 Thursday 03:54:18 PM IST

UoG launches new onlines to meet some of the challenges of Covid-19

Education Information

The University of Glasgow has launched seven new online courses, known as microcredentials, tailored to provide vital new skills and that are particularly relevant to the current Coronavirus pandemic. The University’s first microcredentials courses – five delivering healthcare-related skills and two further courses in business management – are delivered in partnership with the social online learning platform FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform, which has already partnered with the University in delivering a number of other online short courses and degrees. Microcredentials are accredited online courses designed to help learners build specialised skills relevant to their career.

The University has received £841,000 support from the Scottish Funding Council’s Upskilling Fund 2019-20 which has a specific aim of developing the capacities of universities to provide support for employees and employers to upskill and reskill, thus allowing the higher education sector to be more agile in its response to local and national economic changes.  The funding supports the development of the course and subsidises the cost of these courses for Scottish employees.

Five of the courses, delivered through the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University, are:

Impact of Trauma on Mental Health

Introduction to Health Economics & Health Technology Assessment

Introduction to Management & Leadership in Health Services

Teaching Healthcare Professionals

Veterinary Practitioners & the Food Supply Chain

A further two courses are delivered by the Adam Smith Business School:

Change Management

Practical Project Management

The new microcredentials qualifications are worth 10 credits towards a Masters degree and provide learners with a springboard to further qualifications.  The Change Management course, for instance, comes at a time when businesses across the world are having to implement change at speed as a starting point. The course on “The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health” considers how individuals who have experienced trauma can be supported empathetically, effectively and professionally.


(Content Courtesy: https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_723431_en.html)