UpSkill in your downtime USQ offers university mini courses for free

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is offering free UpSkill mini courses to support the community.

UpSkill is a suite of online mini courses which involve about 40 hours of learning over four weeks. Learners who successfully complete the optional assessment will receive a digital badge, and the courses can stack up to contribute to a university qualification.

Community members can select one of five free USQ mini courses on offer from today and the course starts on May 11.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the pandemic had dealt multiple blows to local families and businesses.

“We all recognise how easy it is to feel overwhelmed by the changes to our lives during this unprecedented time,” Professor Mackenzie said.
“But in changing times one way of shoring up our futures is to build our skills; the more skills we have, the more prepared we are for the changing world.

“USQ has long been a leader in the online, flexible learning space and our UpSkill mini courses are part of a suite of learning options available at the University.

“The courses are flexible, can be done at an individual’s own pace, and are a chance to develop new skills for the changing workforce. They also offer an opportunity to see if they are ready for further study.”

Professor Mackenzie said: “In the most difficult times, opportunities often present themselves.”

“If university study has been something you have always thought of trying, this might be the perfect time to dip your toes in the water,” she said.

Another option is to register and pay for three mini courses and receive one free from the entire range of UpSkill. All up, there are 30 mini courses available to study with more being developed, including the five free courses on offer.

UpSkill courses being offered for free include:

  • Cybersecurity for non-IT professionals
  • Creativity in Entrepreneurship
  • The Ethical Leadership Path
  • Planning for moving people
  • Campaigning for Change

All courses are fully online and facilitated by USQ academics.
The next round of Upskill courses begin on May 11. The free offer is open for six months, which also includes intakes starting July 20 and September 21.
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