Microcredentials to deliver maximum benefit in the classroom

A new partnership between the University of Adelaide and the Australian Government Department of Education to develop a series of microcredentials for teachers is set to deliver positive outcomes for classrooms across Australia.

The University of Adelaide through Professional and Continuing Education, together with the School of Education and Computer Science Education Research Group, has been awarded a $3.3 million contract from the Australian Government to develop and deliver the online microcredentials on three topics: classroom management, explicit teaching, and phonics.

Microcredentials are short, outcome-based certifications of assessed learning or competency, that are designed to be responsive to industry needs.

With a track-record in the development and delivery of microcredentials, and strong industry connections, Sally Jones, General Manager of Professional and Continuing Education, said the University was thrilled to be bringing the initiative to life.

"It’s pleasing to see the Australian Government’s recognition of microcredentials as a fast and effective tool to upskill Australia’s workforce in areas of need," she said.

"The University of Adelaide, through Professional and Continuing Education, has a strong history of combining academic, professional and industry expertise to deliver industry relevant, flexible, accessible and validated learning experiences. 

"With in-house technical experts who design and build interactive online content, curriculum designers who specialise in delivering microcredentials using adult learning principles, and subject matter experts, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this important initiative for the Department of Education."

Teacher and student in the classroom

The microcredentials will offer teachers credit towards post-graduate award study with the School of Education.

The Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education, said the microcredentials will provide vital professional development opportunities for teachers, school staff and school leaders.

"These evidence-based courses will help teachers build on their skills in classroom management and the teaching of phonics," he said.

"They support new and experienced teachers and will help to improve student learning outcomes."

Enrolments in the microcredentials, which are being offered at no cost to teachers nationwide, will open in November 2023.

Contact Professional and Continuing Education today to explore how microcredentials can support the learning and development of your workforce.

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