Funded Microcredentials for the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Workforce

The Open University in Scotland is committed to helping the Community Learning and Development (CLD) workforce to gain new qualifications and become more digitally agile. 

Supported by the Scottish Government, we are offering a limited number of fully funded places on our online learning Microcredentials for those working in the CLD sector.
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Overview

These courses have been developed to provide strategic skills for practitioners in any learning environment, in community or online and identified as relevant to CLD practitioners by the CLD Standards Council. They will help you to develop online programmes for learners which are accessible and inclusive while also focusing on key thematic priorities for the sector. These courses will contribute towards your CPD hours.

The available courses will allow staff in the field to look at how they can deliver a more digitally accessible service while broadening their reach to more young people, adults, families and community groups. The skills and knowledge gained from the courses can be applied to a wide range of CLD contexts including youth work, community development, community building, adult learning.

The benefit of these courses is that you bring your existing skills, knowledge and experience to the course and build on them in innovative ways through exploring and learning about new and interesting approaches, methods and activities. The courses also include a social learning environment where you can share experiences with and learn from other CLD practitioners. 
 
These courses come at no cost to CLD Practitioners and have been selected due to the syllabus they provide, which focuses on working with a wide range of community participants.

How to apply

You can apply for a place on one microcredential by completing this application form. You can only apply for a funded place through this page. There are a limited number of places available. 

Eligibility

To apply you'll need to be:

  • resident in Scotland
  • 18+ years of age
  • a UK citizen, or have the legal right to live and work in the UK
  • currently employed in a Community Learning and Development role, including adult learning, youth work, family learning and community development.

As we have a limited number of places, the criteria used to determine how to award the funded places will take into consideration the following factors:

  • Strength of personal statement. 
  • Prioritisation of applicants who do not already hold a postgraduate qualification. 
  • Geographical representation across the whole of Scotland. 
  • Sufficient spread across multiple employers. 
  • Balance across protected characteristics. 

Those who do not receive a funded place will be added to a waiting list or referred to other funding sources. 

What you can study

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Microcredential
Online Teaching: Accessibility
and Inclusive Learning
(HZFM884)

Discover the practical skills that improve the learning experience for people with diverse disabilities. Learn how to design and adapt learning activities and assessments, how to remove barriers through assistive technology and ways of working that create an institutional approach to accessibility.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 20 June 2022
Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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Microcredential
Online Teaching: Creating
Courses for Adult Learners
(HZFM881)

Created in response to COVID-19, you’ll discover how adults learn online, examining the key theories of distance learning. You’ll evaluate technologies available for supporting learning, learn the practical skills to create online courses successfully, and develop your ability to teach adults online.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 20 June 2022
Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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Microcredential
Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity (HZFM885)

Discover how to design online learning activities that address issues such as racism, economic injustice, transphobia, sexism and heterosexism. You'll gain an understanding of the ways in which learners’ contexts have an impact on equitable participation and how this can be addressed.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 20 June 2022
Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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Microcredential
Online Teaching: Evaluating
and Improving Courses
(HZFM882)

You’ll develop the skills to evaluate the success of your online teaching and enhance your students’ learning experience. You’ll learn how to design and use teaching evaluation strategies, and conduct analysis of your findings that you can apply to adapt and improve your course.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 20 June 2022
Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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Microcredential
Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum (HZFM883)

This microcredential shows how to embed mental wellbeing in your teaching and design appropriate learning activities to support the needs of learners experiencing mental health issues such as low self-esteem and anxiety. This microcredential is endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation.

Level: Postgraduate
Start date: 20 June 2022
Study duration: 12 weeks (approximately 13 hours of study a week)
On completion: Gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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