USQ UpSkill: Professional learning for 21st Century


In today’s competitive work environment having new and adaptable skills is more important than ever.

Recognising that enhanced skill sets improve employability and job progression, the University of Southern Queensland has launched USQ UpSkill, a suite of online minicourses for professional accreditation and learning in the 21st Century.

Professor Barbara de la Harpe, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, said the University had more than 50 years’ experience in delivering education and this was another way of continuing to provide education excellence.

“As a leader in online education, we know that professional learning is much more than just reading and writing content,” she said.

“We have been watching closely what is happening in this space worldwide, as well as in-depth consultation with industry, and as a result developed skill-specific minicourses that cater to existing and future occupational needs.”

Each online minicourse includes approximately 40 hours of learning including one assessment over four weeks.

“You can access your minicourse anywhere, meaning you can gain credentials as you get to work each day, while sitting on your couch at home, or any time in between,” Professor de la Harpe said. 

“They are designed for professionals with existing qualifications or significant work experience. The concepts and assessments are aimed at more than simple application of knowledge and are designed for levelling up professional knowledge and practice.”

Each USQ UpSkill minicourse completed earns a digital badge that can be used in email signatures, resumes and social media platforms.

“It is an exciting initiative that will attract a new cohort of students to USQ who are looking for a shorter, more bite-sized approach to professional learning and higher education,” she said.

The April roll out includes 18 minicourses in leadership, management, communications, education and economics.

All courses are fully online and facilitated by USQ academics.

Find out more about USQ UpSkill.


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USQ UpSkill offering minicourses for professional learning and higher education