OpenLearning and Open Universities Australia work together to deliver new development grant and holistic microcredentials solution for universities

OpenLearning (OL), a leading Australian learning platform, is pleased to announce that they are working together with Open Universities Australia (OUA), Australia’s largest online higher education marketplace, to provide a market-leading solution for universities to promote and deliver microcredentials.

Highlights

  • OpenLearning (OL), a leading Australian learning platform, is working together with Open Universities Australia (OUA), Australia’s largest online higher education marketplace, to help provide universities with a holistic solution for microcredentials
  • Initiative encompasses the integration of OL’s learning platform with OUA’s established marketplace to provide a seamless user journey for marketing and delivery of microcredentials nationally
  • OL has recently launched OpenCreds, Australia’s first cross-sector microcredential framework, designed to meet the needs of the education sector by providing a common format for the delivery of microcredentials
  • OUA and OL have established the Open Microcredential Development Grant (OMDG) to fast-track the creation of 30 OpenCreds courses by supporting the cost of content development and learning design
  • OMDG is administered by OUA and is open for applications from all Australian universities

 

OpenLearning (OL), a leading Australian learning platform, is pleased to announce that they are working together with Open Universities Australia (OUA), Australia’s largest online higher education marketplace, to provide a market-leading solution for universities to promote and deliver microcredentials. The relationship has been developed through a mutual desire to help address some of the challenges facing universities amidst the higher education sector’s renewed focus on industry-aligned education.

The joint initiative has three focus areas designed to help reduce risk for universities entering into the microcredential market. Firstly, OUA will have a white-labelled portal on OL’s learning delivery platform, which will provide universities with a fully managed solution for delivering courses. Secondly, OUA and OL have established the Open Microcredential Development Grant (OMDG), a development grant to support the creation of courses. Lastly, OUA will promote both the suite of microcredentials developed through the grant, as well as selected microcredentials from OL’s existing university partners and its own partners, through the OUA marketplace.

This relationship has been formed off the back of OpenLearning finalising OpenCreds, its microcredential framework after an extensive industry consultation process that engaged 350 people across the sector, including four virtual roundtables and written submissions.

The OMDG has been established to help accelerate the growth of the microcredential market and OpenLearning are seeking to encourage the usage of a common standard, OpenCreds. The grant has been setup to support learning design costs of up to 30 OpenCreds, an estimated value of $750,000. The OMDG will be administered by OUA within their existing Rapid Development Fund and is now open for applications for all Australia universities, with the first-round closing on 13 August 2020.

The OMDG aims to enable education providers to capture the growing opportunity for up-skilling and re-skilling. By providing funding support and a common structure for the delivery of microcredentials, it makes it possible for education providers to offer short and stackable courses ranging from 50 to 150 hours of high-quality learning, leading to credit in a formal qualification that is recognised by the industry.

OpenLearning Group CEO & Managing Director Adam Brimo said: “We’re excited to work with OUA to provide a delivery platform for microcredentials and to support Australian universities through the jointly funded Open Microcredential Development Grant. Our aim is that the holistic solution we are able to offer will both increase the range of courses available to people nationwide and enable universities to attract more students. Both OUA and OL have a shared mission to increase access to quality education and complimentary products; I’m pleased that we’re able to activate this relationship through such challenging times to support the sector and lifelong learners.”

Open Universities Australia CEO Stuart Elmslie said: “Over the past three years our Rapid Development Fund has been incredibly successful and well received by universities in supporting the development of their online offering. We are thrilled to be able to extend this opportunity by working with OpenLearning to help bring microcredentials to our already established marketplace. Microcredentials will be a strong complement to the 2,000 individual units of study we already provide access to today, and the design of the Open Microcredential Development Grant will support Australian universities to develop and distribute them nationally. Our aim is to help Australians access targeted education with a focus on job readiness for the future.”

Read more about the RDF here.