A New Degree path...keeping it fresh

Updated: Oct 19

In recent days I have been talking with Emeritus – I wanted to write some more about that, since the business plans, for education strategy and a course content collaboration model is a distinct gap closing one – In short, I like it.

Emeritus are working in close Partnership with some of the best Universities across the globe currently 80 + and delivering in multiple languages very specific and targeted courses.

The key differentiator here is the courses are all on-line are created by well credentialed University course builders and conclude at their completion with a Micro-Credential MC from the issuing University and Emeritus.

This unique feature alone potentially creates a ‘pathway to life-long-learning’. Whilst many other applications are speeding towards AI and ML to deliver Skills based thinking, advice, direction and learning objects – They all miss a key aspect in my view, a key one University Degree qualified People, people who care and know the value of that initial certificated and qualified degree (one they worked hard to achieve and carefully selected the learning institution). They will all care greatly about that very aspect, the selected Institution, the perceived and associative value, feeling less support for on-line commercial education providers who lack the same Gravitas.

In reality, I don’t want to glorify the degree, it has quickly reached a level that lacks a true measure ‘of-what-you-know-today’ – any degree qualification, more so, in our current pace of development will fall into an ‘out-of-date’ status in a few short years – think Technology and Health as two key areas.

I think the Emeritus solution offers a pathway for clear ‘learning credential-based paths’ to be shared from chosen courses and Universities – establishing without doubt the learner is committed to ‘on-going life-long-learning’, with issued credentials to match. Building clarity and currency from the initial degree or qualification.

A very Positive place to be. In fact, it leads one to consider this, a possible amalgamation of Micro Credentials forming a ‘New Degree’ from known and Leading global University Institutions could create the future of a degree as we know it today.

No-longer a one-time multi-year event, but an individually crafted & chosen Education/Career Pathway supported in similar funding ways as a University Degree Education – differing in context, by remaining up-to-date with new content directions, thinking, and providing and evidence-based learning outcomes.

“A better place for any county that has its brightest people thinking about tomorrow”.

John Driscoll 19/10/2021
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