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University of Sydney receives $1.5 million to run online courses on digital transformation

The University of Sydney has received $1.5 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program to run two online courses to help businesses with digital transformation.

The two massive open online courses (MOOCs), will be run for five weeks. They will be free for participants to study, however a fee will be required to receive a certification.

Professor Pip Pattison, deputy vice chancellor (education) said, “The MOOCs reflect the University’s innovative approach to learning and are an example of our commitment to teaching the skills needed to thrive in a world that is rapidly changing.”

The first course, Design Strategy: Design thinking for business strategy and entrepreneurship, will look to help participants learn how to bring design thinking into their corporate strategy, while the second course, Innovation Through Design: Think, Make, Break, Repeat, will look at “how design thinking can be used for strategic and innovative advantage within a profession”.

Associate Professor Knight, pro vice chancellor (research – enterprise and engagement), said, “Our students confront the challenges faced by truly pioneering companies and develop customer-centric prototypes as part of the course.

“We’re guiding our students through real-world projects and using the live experience to get closer to clients, end users, and technology investment.”

The University of Sydney is the latest institution to offer online courses for the wider public.

RMIT, for example, has been investing in the development of its Online offering, most recently launching a ‘cluster’ of short courses on digital transformation developed in partnership with REA Group, Tigerspike, and Paper Giant.

The five courses are industry built and centered, RMIT Online stated, designed to “respond to global demand for hard and soft skills in the digital space”.

The courses will take students through human centred design, product development and innovation, digital marketing fundamentals, CX strategy and design, and digital delivery with agile.

RMIT Online had in February partnered with Stone and Chalk and Accenture to develop an eight week course on blockchain strategy, and last November announced the roll out of new coding courses taught through Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum, the first Australian institution to sign up to run the curriculum.





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