Join us at the OpenLearning Micro-credential Symposium 2020

November, 4 2020
OpenLearning Micro-credential Symposium 2020
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  • Micro-credentials enable lifelong learners to upskill and reskill through shorter, stackable and accredited qualifications—towards building a workforce that is ready for the future of work.
  • After a consultation period with education providers and industry, OpenLearning released the OpenCreds micro-credential framework. Designed to set the industry standard for the development and delivery of micro-credentials, OpenCreds has been designed to meet the lifelong learning needs of Australia and Malaysia. 
  • OpenLearning will host the OpenLearning Micro-credential Symposium 2020 on Wednesday, 25 November for global participants interested in discovering the potential for micro-credentials across the Australian education ecosystem; and Thursday, 26 November for Malaysian audiences.
  • The Symposium aims to provide a platform for cross-sector dialogues on micro-credentials; and empower providers across the education and training ecosystem to strategise, form partnerships, and implement their own programs.


OpenLearning will host the OpenLearning Micro-credential Symposium 2020 (#OLSymposium2020) on Wednesday, 25 November 2020 for global participants interested in discovering the potential for micro-credentials across the Australian education ecosystem; and on Thursday, 26 November 2020 for those interested in the Malaysian micro-credential market specifically.

This free virtual event will bring together education and training providers in both markets to discuss micro-credentials, engage in actionable workshops, and to form partnerships across industries.

Registration is free and now open.

Register for 25th November - Global

Register for 26th November - Malaysia


About the Symposium

#OLSymposium2020 is part of an ongoing dialogue on micro-credentials, following the release of the OpenCreds framework for Australia and Malaysia earlier this year. 

Launched in July 2020, the OpenCreds framework was drafted in consultation with more than 300 individuals and institutions, and was designed specifically for the Australian education ecosystem and its lifelong learners. In October, OpenLearning released an adapted version of the OpenCreds framework for Malaysia.

The OpenCreds framework outlines a cross-sector approach for both countries to leverage micro-credentials for training, upskilling, and reskilling their workforces. It is aligned with existing national education policies and qualification frameworks to enable interoperability between higher education, technical and vocational education and training, and professional learning opportunities.

By extension, the OpenLearning Micro-credential Symposium 2020 is a platform for providers and industry stakeholders to gain a wider understanding of micro-credentials, to discover how leading providers are implementing their strategies, and to connect with partners across sectors to deliver industry-recognised courses.


What to expect on Wednesday, 25th November 2020

Join us on Wednesday the 25th of November 2020 for the inaugural OpenLearning Micro-credential Symposium — a complimentary virtual event designed to unpack the potential of micro-credentials.

The Symposium runs from 10.00AM to 4.00PM (AEDT) and explores the needs of Australian learners, industry, and education providers; whilst also enabling participants to learn from providers who are already actively involved in the delivery of micro-credentials. 

Speakers from DeakinCo, Western Sydney University, PwC, TAFE Queensland, Le Cordon Bleu Australia, University of Tasmania, Edith Cowan University, and many more will share first-hand insights and experiences. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with a range of EdTech Exhibitors who provide relevant products and services in the delivery of micro-credentials. 

Micro-credential Symposium 2020 Wednesday 25 November - Global


What to expect on Thursday, 26th November 2020

On the 26th of November, we aim to spark active cross-sector conversations among Malaysian institutions and providers, centred on capturing market opportunities with micro-credentials.

The symposium features panel discussions on the future of Malaysian higher education and professional development, as well as hands-on workshops for partners to strategise and deliver their own programs. OpenLearning will also open applications for the OpenCreds for Malaysia Support Fund, which will see an investment of RM600,000 towards building 30 new market-leading micro-credentials.

OpenLearning Micro-credential Symposium 2020 Thursday 26 November - Malaysia


Why should you attend the Symposium?

A significant opportunity exists for micro-credential providers: Research and Markets forecasts show that the global e-learning market will grow to $325 Billion by 2025. By the same year, the Australian government aims to have educated 110 million students worldwide as part of the National Strategy for International Education—a target that benefits providers and learners alike.

In Malaysia, Khazanah Research Institute estimates that 54% of jobs in Malaysia are at high risk of being displaced by technology in the next 2 decades. According to a study by McKinsey & Company, this means that over 4.5 million Malaysian workers could lose their jobs to automation by 2030. Micro-credentials which are shorter, stackable qualifications are hence key to upskilling and reskilling the workforce for the future of work.

The breadth and diversity of the Symposium makes it relevant to those across the education and training ecosystems: 

  • Vocational Education and Training;
  • Higher Education;
  • Continuing Professional Development providers;
  • Professional Learning providers; and,
  • Work-based learning in Industry.

Whether you need to get up to speed with the latest micro-credential guidelines; update your knowledge and best practices; or simply learn something new and be inspired, #OLSymposium2020 will enable you to be part of the driving force in realising lifelong and lifewide learning through micro-credentials. 

Register your seat and stay up to date with the OpenLearning Micro-credential Symposium 2020 today.  

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