EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula
Learning platform edX recently convened the first (virtual) meeting of its MicroBachelors Program Skills Advisory Council, a group launched in early 2020 that brings together foundations, corporations and academic institutions to “solve shared challenges around reskilling and upskilling in order to address the demands of the future workplace.”
Attendees included leaders from academic institutions offering MicroBachelors programs on edX; representatives from American Student Assistance, Walmart and Boeing (all funders of the MicroBachelors program initiative); and guests from IBM, ZipRecruiter, Raytheon and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Discussions in the meeting centered on two key areas: credentials and content. “There is a real market need for short-term programs that offer immediate payoff to students and companies,” the council asserted. “It is important to foster collaboration between corporations and academic institutions to evaluate the quality and rigor of credential