Applications open from 1st April 2024

Module Code: SC3311

Micro-credential Overview

In this Micro-credential, you will (1) practice and develop a range of multimedia digital skills, (2) develop strategies for effective planning, creativity, and visual design, and (3) build your own finished online interactive multimedia Training Module on a live online module-building platform (Flow Learning by Mapal). 

Each week there will be short explainer videos to demonstrate skills and concepts. There are also live sessions with the lecturer every 3 weeks about the individual skills targets assigned to learners to develop skills, storyboard and ideas, and to make steady progress.

A range of topics are explored each week under skills, design and planning, as follows:

Digital Platform and Skills: 
Learning Mgmt System & Components; Module Builder (a no code Platform); New Module, Module Settings; Module Slides & Sections; Intro to Concept of States & Slides; Adding a Text, Element List & Settings; Desktop Casting & Screenshots; Good Practices (Files, Text, etc.); Single Image (Types, Files & Sources); Voice Transcription with AI; Image Types, File Formats, GIFs; Adding an Image; Single Audio Files, File Types; Slide Duplicates, Platform Shortcuts & Tips; Multi-Track Audio Files with Effects; Adding an Audio File; Single Video Footage, Types & Sizes; Video Compressing & Resizing; Video Editing Online | Multiple Audio/Visual Parts; Adding a Video File; Adding a Button, Hotspot & Carousel; Adding Module Exam, Quiz, Certificate.

Planning:
Storyboard and My Training Idea; Online Training Module Outline; Storyboard and Content Flow Chart; Content Depth and Breadth; Storyboard and Mind Map; Learner Persona and Expectations; Storyboard and Brand & Setting; Language and Wording; Communicating Message; Interactivity; Navigation; Usability; Storyboard and Learner Test; Titles and Labels; Naming Conventions; Ways to Reinforce Learning; User Testing, Snagging, Repair.

Design:
Sample Work: Flow Modules & Design Ideas; Design for Training Settings; Universal Design for Learning; Fonts, Format, Layout, Contrast; Transmedia Storytelling; Colours & Schemes; Layout, Grids, Assembly, Shape; Image & Visual Communication; Layered Images Strategies; Arrangement & Contrast; Cinematic Storytelling. 

During the Micro-credential, students follow a project outline with clear objectives and deliverables, and at the end of the module, students submit a finished functioning online training module on an area of his/her own interest. This final submission is a practical opportunity to develop digital skills in a real context and to increase confidence as a visual digital content creator, both on-camera and behind the scenes as a module-builder. The finished training module is graded and returned with detailed individual written feedback. Students also have the option to enter the Module of the Semester competition judged by Mapal, with certificates of achievement issued to winners, and their success celebrated also on social media.

Start Date

Academic Year 2024/25, Semester TBC

Mode of Study and Assessment

The mode of study for this Micro-credential is Online Learning. Assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis. 

In this Micro-credential, students are given a clear and organised schedule of dates, content and work due. The content is divided into five blocks of three weeks. This block structure is designed to avoid putting students under pressure and to give students the flexibility to plan time for learning around the demands of personal life and work.

In each block, the first two weeks involve a weekly release of a series of short videos with running times, and short individual skills target to ensure learners stay on track. The third week of each block involves no new content so that students can focus on the skills target and opt to participate in an optional recorded live drop-in session with other students, where the lecturer discusses the target and student queries. Throughout the learning and assignment process, students are supported by their lecturer directly via Chat, which connects learner and lecturer without the barrier or formality of email.

NFQ Level and ECTS

Level 8 

5 ECTS 

Application Process

From the 1st April, 2024 you can apply for any University of Galway Micro-credential through our Online Application Portal

When completing your application please make sure to apply under CPB 5 (Training and Education Undergrad) in the drop-down menu after selecting Standalone Module- Continuing Professional Development.

For this micro-credential, please copy and paste or type this into the text box under Module Name: SC3311

For more details, watch our tutorial on the Micro-credentials application process here

Course Fees

€500

NB: This course has been approved by Galway Executive Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 30% for students whose company is a member of their network. For more information, contact: Galway Executive Skillnet – Eamonn Molloy at: info@galwayexecutiveskillnet.com

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Entry Requirements 

Applicants must be over 21 years of age.
 

Contact Information

If you have any queries please email: microcreds@universityofgalway.ie

MicroCreds Podcast

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