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MICROCREDENTIAL

Future Proofing for Disruption

The demand for a future-ready workforce is rapidly on the rise. Increasingly, there is a focus on recruiting workers with the appropriate skills to navigate the changing, technology-rich environment. In this microcredential, you’ll learn to develop the capacity for professional reflection and build transferable design thinking skills through practical studio sessions and collaborations with peers, coaches & academics.

About this course

When you reflect on your experience in the workforce, what changes have you observed? How are these changes influencing your current and future roles? What questions might you ask to better prepare yourself for your future career aspirations? And what core skills do you need to help you to get started in navigating this process?

Future Proofing for Disruption explores these questions as you develop skills to take control of your future career and tackle current challenges in your organisation or industry.

The course will challenge you to position yourself in the context of the trends shaping the future of work. It will provide an opportunity for you to frame the questions you have, and to reflect and think critically about the future challenges and the impact they might have on the questions you are asking yourself about your career.

The course will provide you with the real-time experience of framing a challenge and working through the design thinking process, in a practical and personalised approach known as Studio Learning. Supported by your team, you will explore ideas around the challenge and prototype and test potential solutions.

Key benefits

  • Respond to trends affecting the future of work
  • Apply design thinking and collaboration skills to complex challenges
  • Develop personal learning and development plans
  • Expand professional networks
  • Build a portfolio showcasing your work.

 

Who is this course for?

  • Career pivoters and explorers,
  • Workers in industries needing to leverage experience into a new industry, build problem solving strategies and professional networks.
  • Career planners looking to build team and design thinking skills to solve complex problems.

Some of the most disrupted roles currently include:

  • Service workers
  • Arts, design, entertainment and media workers
  • Small business owners
  • Construction or mining workers
  • Sales workers
  • Transportation workers
  • Manufacturing or production workers
  • Installation, maintenance or repair workers
  • Health care workers
  • Clerical or office workers.

Further course information

Course outline

This course includes self-paced, online learning activities, plus over 30 hours of ‘live and online’ synchronous faciliated studio sessions via Zoom with academic experts. There are four live sessions on Monday evenings for two hours (5-7pm) and three live sessions on Saturdays (10-noon and 1-5pm). All sessions involve group work during the session and individual and group pre-work with online materials that the academic experts coach you through.

Topics:

  • Reflective practice and professional learning
  • Ideating, researching, validating and testing potential solutions
  • Collaboration, critical feedback and active listening
  • Technology trends and disruptors shaping work.

Week 0: Getting started and establishing your learning portfolio (self-paced/online)

Work through 'Get Started' (module 1) and complete 'professional learning plan' sections. Download and set-up free apps: UTS Zoom, Canvas, MS-Teams (including setting up profiles).

Saturday 8 August: Introduction to design thinking and team formation (all day)

Bring your ideas and draft professional learning plan along to Saturday’s session as we start working through design thinking modules and form teams.

Monday 10 August: Framing and defining a team challenge

Read - 'Defining and Framing your Challenge', ready to start secondary research in the context of the future of work or technology trends shaping work in the studio.

Monday 17 August: Exploring your challenge - Research & insight generation

Read - 'Deep Dive', in preparation for the studio session. Explore the challenge space in the context of the future of work or technology trends shaping work in the studio.

Monday 24 August: Submit assignment 1 - Professional learning plan (worth 30%)

Saturday 29 August: Exploring your challenge - Research & insight generation (all day)

Conduct research and generate insights to present and reflect upon. Read - 'Exploring your Solution Space', in preparation for the studio session on ideation and prototyping.

Monday 31 August: Exploring your challenge

Ideation & prototyping, during which participant teams present assignment 2.1 (worth 10%). Group gives an oral reflective commentary of around 5 minutes with documented evidence of their group’s effective collaboration and the design and learning processes. Continue with exploration of the solution space in the studio session. Read - 'Experimenting', and continue exploring your challenge.

Monday 7 September: Exploring your challenge

Experimenting module, during which participant teams present assignment 2.2 (worth 10%). Group gives an oral reflective commentary of around 5 minutes with documented evidence of their group’s effective collaboration and the design and learning processes. Continue experimenting in the studio session and in the following weeks until the next assessment and final session.

Monday 21 September: Submit assignment

Participants submit a 500-word written reflective commentary (in their learning log) on their own synthesis of critical feedback.

Saturday 26 September: Communicating and presenting your research (all day)

The final session will focus on presentations and reflections by teams. As part of this, participant teams present assignment 2.3 (worth 10%). Group gives an oral reflective commentary of around 5 minutes with documented evidence of their group’s effective collaboration and the design and learning processes.

Sunday 11th October: Submit assessment 3 - Summative reflective entry on professional learning

Assignment length is to be 500 words or equivalent and Portfolio url.

Assessment criteria

Assignment 1: Professional Learning Plan -Your CaLL (worth 30%)

Task: Participants create a portfolio that houses the Capability and Learning Log Process (Your CaLL process). This involves developing a professional learning plan, which summarises a key challenge in their workplace or articulates a future desired career direction. The plan incorporates an introduction, professional context statement, learning profile, professional learning network and goals. 1000 words equivalent Portfolio url.

Assignment 2: Group and Individual Reflections (worth 40%)

Task: Participants communicate and collaborate with each other by giving, receiving and responding to insights, provocations and critical feedback in the studio and via online discussions and interactions. Participants submit a 500-word written reflective commentary (in their Learning Log) on their own synthesis of critical feedback and provide oral reflective commentaries with documented evidence of their group’s effective collaboration and the design and learning processes.


Assignment 3: Summative Reflective Entry on Professional Learning (worth 30%)

Task: Drawing on ideas generated by studio and online discussions, studio activities and scholarly readings in this and other subjects, participants write a summative reflection for their learning Log (Portfolio). The summative reflection evaluates their learning, justifies future actions in terms of learning about professional learning, identifies refinement or modifications of the professional learning plan, and integrates a minimum of 4 scholarly sources. 500 words plus Portfolio url.

Teaching and learning strategies

  • Live and online studio sessions facilitated by academics who guide you through practical, collaborative design-thinking teamwork on a professional challenge/issue.
  • Academics and peers who will provide ongoing feedback on the design and team process.
  • Participants who will develop an ability for reflection in action, incorporating feedback and reflection cycles to innovate.
  • Online resources and activities to engage and prompt reflection, discussion and new ideas.

Mandatory requirements

  • Two years’ work experience, self-employment, entrepreneurship or community/enterprise service.
  • Evidence link to LinkedIn profile or other such as CV.

Minimum requirements

Satisfactory completion and passing of assessment tasks.

Participant requirements and equipment

Computer with camera and Zoom capabilities.

Required texts

Supplied on Canvas

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