ABOUT THE COURSE
High-quality career guidance in higher education, which encompasses universities and vocational education and training schools, can support effective transitions of graduates to the workplace. It can also help reduce mismatches or shortages of employability skills by letting undergraduates know the types of jobs that are available, the skills required to access these jobs and the paths that need to be taken to develop the required skills. While career guidance and counselling (CGC) has a strong tradition in some European higher education systems, in others, access to these guidance services is fairly basic or even non-existent.
This MOOC therefore aims to provide CGC professionals with the knowledge, strategies and tools necessary for effective guidance in higher education settings. Additionally, the course emphasizes ICTs’ role in delivering these guidance services.
The MOOC’s principal target are CGC practitioners working in both higher education and other educational levels previous to tertiary education and students of disciplines such as Labour Relations, Work Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Social Education.
Course content is spread over five weeks. We will deal with a new module each week, each module taking about four to five hours to complete.
- Week 1. Module 1: Introduction to the MOOC
- Week 2. Module 2: The function of career guidance and counselling in times of uncertainty
- Week 3. Module 3: A lifelong approach to career guidance and counselling in higher education
- Week 4. Module 4: The use of ICT in delivering lifelong guidance
- Week 5. Module 5: Summary and assessment
The modules are structured around thought-provoking questions and case studies that trigger reflexion on the topics being discussed. Assessment for each module includes quizzes and also authentic activities aimed at transferring and applying knowledge and competences to the professional practice.
Course materials include videos, articles, case studies and activities.
Registered users will have access to all material, even after the course has finished.
Access to the course is completely free of charge and fully online.
The course has a forum to foster knowledge-sharing and peer learning. Course participants can exchange opinions and experiences as well as discuss open questions.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Participants who complete 50% or more of the compulsory activities can receive a certificate of completion. This certificate is issued by the Skill Up consortium and does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.
Participants who successfully complete the course will also get a virtual badge to share on websites and social media.
The course and its materials will be given in English.
The course instructors are academic staff from the universities belonging to the Skill Up project consortium.