Rachel Fitzgerald | Deputy Associate Dean (Academic)
University of Queensland

Rachel Fitzgerald, Deputy Associate Dean (Academic), University of Queensland

  Associate Professor Rachel Fitzgerald is an academic leader and Deputy Associate Dean (Academic) for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Queensland. Rachel is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Future of Work Fellow. Rachel specialises in Education Innovation and Technology Enhanced Learning in contemporary higher education. Her extensive expertise extends globally, and she has spearheaded transformative teaching and leanrng initatives across institutions in the UK, Ireland and Australia. She is currently involved in research on micro-credentials, workplace learning and the scholarship of teaching with AI. Rachel has published widely on digital education and her most recent book, Technology Enhanced Learning and the Virtual University (Springer) is challenging norms in higher education. As an associate professor in Management, Rachel has led postgraduate courses on Business Analytics, Leadership and Innovation before focusing on Academic Leadership roles in HE. Rachel serves as the Senior Editor (Digital Education) for the Journal of Unviersity Teaching and Learning Practice and is an Associate Editor for the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology.  


Day 1 @ 13:15

PANEL - Technology integration of GAI – the ethical use, data governance, and the potential impacts on educational equity and accessibility

Day 2 @ 11:00

Navigating the digital landscape: Microcredentials in higher education

What are the affordances of micro-credentials and short courses for the higher education ecosystem? In this presentation, I explore the differences between micro-credentials and short courses and consider their value to learners and employers and the opportunities they present for higher education. I share the risks that short courses and micro-credentials present in terms of learners taking an ad hoc approach to engagement for skills development and I propose a strategic and coherent approach for universities that enables collaborative and innovative approaches to higher education delivery. Microcredentials can transform the degree experience and lifelong learning opportunities, and enable traditional universities to innovate to maximize their position to deliver key skills required in the workplace of tomorrow.

last published: 20/May/24 07:25 GMT

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