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UCD Graduate Certificate in Digital Transformation, Technology & Resilience

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Key facts

Qualification

Level 9 Graduate Certificate (30 ECTS)

 

Course Dates

This course is delivered live online, four days a week (Mon-Thurs) from 23rd Jan 2023 to 8th May 2023 with breaks during the Easter school holidays.

Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm (Live online classes will run from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm).

As the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions.

 

How it's delivered

This 30 ECTS online course consists of three modules and is delivered part-time through live online classroom sessions from 9.30am to 1.30pm, four days per week.

It includes 16 hours a week class time plus an average of 20 hours of student effort outside class, including self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work.

Students will need internet access, a laptop, desktop or tablet for this course. Mobile phones will not suffice.

Fees and Funding

€4,000 (EU) or €4,000 (Non-EU)

This fee is 100% or 90% funded for eligible applicants through the HEA Springboard+ Initiative

 

Course Objectives

Graduates of the programme will be able to:

Describe and understand the landscape of digital technologies transforming our work and lives;

Navigate the digital professional world and contribute meaningfully to it;

Embrace a digital growth mindset necessary to foster lifelong learning, including learning strategies for new digital tools and technologies without fear;

Understand the significance of Web 3.0 – the current generation of web technologies shaping our online world;

Explain the ways these technologies are transforming the world of work – our behaviours, our roles and our interaction with each other;

Critically evaluate the process of digital transformation on human behaviour and discuss its impact in a professional context;

Develop a critical awareness of the challenges and opportunities arising from the adoption of evolving digital technologies in all facets of contemporary society;

Apply the tools and techniques to foster professional resilience and deal with a constantly changing professional landscape.

Deadline

Applications are now open on Springboard+.

Completed applications are being reviewed, and places offered on a rolling basis until the course is full.

Deadline for applications Tuesday Jan 17th 12pm.

Overview

This course provides learners with the digital skills, literacy and mindset necessary to thrive in hybrid working models and a digitally transformed workplace. Participants will leave with hard and soft digital skills and the confidence, mindset and adaptability to embrace future digital innovations and succeed in a fast changing digital landscape.

Through engagement with a range of digital tools, platforms and action learning projects, participants gain skills in data literacy; digital collaboration and communication; digital content creation; digital safety; and problem solving. Participants will gain these skills through learning from doing, applying knowledge and transversal skills to real world problems through a Design Thinking methodology.

Digital competency requires continuous learning and participants will gain both the mindset and a specific plan to enable lifelong learning in this area.

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Who is it for?

Perfect for those in the workplace or returning to the workplace seeking to digitally upskill in a wide range of areas.

You might be;

  • unemployed or formerly self-employed,
  • a carer or returner to work, a career changer,
  • an aspiring entrepreneur or intrapreneur or,
  • someone keen to take a more innovative approach to the workplace.

The pace of digital change has been rapid. Big Data, algorithmic decision making, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, the metaverse, cyber security, coding, blockchain, NFTs, Robotic Process Automation – these terms are all now common place in professional contexts however for some in the workplace, or seeking to re-enter the workplace, they are a source of fear or confusion. If you are encountering these concepts in your work and life, and seek a better understanding of their meaning, significance and application – this programme is for you.

This programme will equip you with an introduction to and a working understanding and language in support of these concepts, technologies and tools so that you have the confidence and knowledge to engage in an informed way in discussions and decision making.

 

Digital transformation is affecting all aspects of the workplace and all employees, regardless of role or level, need to have the language, the skills and the confidence to work in this world. This need will only grow in the years ahead.

Perhaps your workplace has sought to automate certain processes through Robotic Process Automation; or there is now a greater emphasis on data protection and cybersecurity that you need to understand; or you wonder what is Artificial Intelligence and how will it affect your job. If that’s the case, this programme is for you.

This live on-line programme is designed to engage learners in an accessible, stimulating and supportive way. It is an immersive, collaborative experience combining digital exploration and digital play. Each class includes approximately one hour only of taught content and the remainder involves interactive discussions with experts and hands-on activities so that students ‘learn from doing’ building their confidence and knowledge in a practical way.

You will build your ‘digital muscle’ and confidence throughout by engaging with your class through digital tools.

No prior knowledge of advanced digital technologies is required for this programme – just an ability to use Zoom and a willingness and enthusiasm to learn.

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Course structure

You’ll learn from the Innovation Academy’s inspiring educators and leading industry guest speakers. 

This course is entirely online, allowing you to learn from the comfort of your home or office. Nevertheless, this is a very social course, and you’ll collaborate with your fellow innovators on practical team challenges and projects. 

Course delivery and timings

This course is delivered live online, four days a week from 23rd Jan 2023 to 8th May 2023 with breaks during the Easter school holidays.
Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm (Live online classes will run from 9.30am until approximately 1.30pm).

As the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions.

The course is split into 3 core modules, totalling 30 ECTS. 

  • In Module 1 (Digital Technology), we explore the various Web 3.0 tools from the perspective of their implications for our human systems of production, governance and communication.
  • In Module 2 (Digital Transformation), we look at how technology is transforming the human experience via digital platforms and tools, and learn how to navigate this digital world through the lens of new digital responsibilities, including the need for increased awareness around issues like cybersecurity.
  • In Module 3 (Digital Resilience), we turn the focus inward and forward, focusing on mindset change, to create the personal resilience that is needed, in order to adapt to this shift and to keep adapting, and be able to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by subsequent waves of change.

Register for our free online information session taking place on Monday, 9th January 6-7pm GMT. Register for this session here.

  • Why choose us?
  • Learning outcomes
  • How to apply
  • Assessment
  • Who leads this course?
  • Career opportunities

UCD Innovation Academy sits at the cutting-edge of education in Ireland, and the world. 

We’ve been challenging students to see the world differently since 2010, when we became one of the first universities to offer experiential learning experiences. 

Our team has been innovating ever since, shaping and refining our courses with input from some of the world’s best. Thousands of students have passed through the Academy, and each one has played their part in making our courses better and better. We have countless examples of our alumni accelerating their careers and changing the world from within organisations or as entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. 

Students at the Academy also have access to the latest technology to support their creativity. 

As if that wasn’t enough, we’re a part of UCD, ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions in the world. We’re Ireland’s global university and ranked Ireland’s best for graduate employability. And we currently have Professor Sir Mark Welland​, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge acting as our External Examiner. 

Here at the Innovation Academy we have everything you need for a learning experience you’ll never forget.

By the end of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Transformation, Technology & Resilience, you will:

  • Describe and understand the landscape of digital technologies transforming our work and lives;
  •  Navigate the digital professional world and contribute meaningfully to it;
  • Embrace a digital growth mindset necessary to foster lifelong learning, including learning strategies for new digital tools and technologies without fear;
  •  Understand the significance of Web 3.0 – the current generation of web technologies shaping our online world
  •  Explain the ways these technologies are transforming the world of work – our behaviours, our roles and our interaction with each other;

 

  • Critically evaluate the process of digital transformation on human behaviour and discuss its impact in a professional context;
  •  Embrace a digital mindset, adapt to change and accept it as a constant and normal feature of working life
  •  Develop a critical awareness of the challenges and opportunities arising from the adoption of evolving digital technologies in all facets of contemporary society;
  •  Apply the tools and techniques to foster professional resilience and deal with a constantly changing professional landscape;
  • Gain a joint Level 9 qualification awarded by University College Dublin.

This course is open for applications.

Below is a summary of the application procedures and funding eligibility for this course. These are subject to change. 

The full document requirements are on Springboard+. Please read them carefully. 

Initial supporting documents

You will need to upload some supporting documents as part of your application:

  1. Current CV and Letter of Motivation. 
  2. Your academic transcript or parchment to show you have a level 8 qualification (or higher). Alternatively, you can apply through Recognition of Prior Learning. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for full details.
  3. If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required. Click HERE for full English Language Requirements for UCD.

Concluding steps

Following provisional offers, UCD Innovation Academy will request evidence of eligibility in respect of holding a valid PPSN; Nationality; Current Residency; 3 of 5 Years EU/EEA residency; and current Employment Status between six weeks and two weeks from the stated course start date. It is only at this point that eligibility for funding through the HEA Springboard initiative can be ascertained. 

Funding

FREE for eligible jobseekers: those who are currently receiving eligible DEASP Payments. 

FREE for returners to work and carers. 

90% subsidised (student pays €400) for recent graduates, eligible individuals in employment or self-employment, and the formerly self-employed. 

For full or part-funded places, we will need to see proof of your relevant employment status as outlined in Springboard+ Eligibility Guidelines.

In order to pass the course, you must participate and engage actively throughout. Attendance counts for 40% of the total mark, with a minimum of 80% attendance required for a Pass. 

 

The rest of the course is assessed through a combination of individual and team assignments, project reports and presentations.

All courses at the Innovation Academy are developed and facilitated by our exceptional team of educators. 

The team boasts a wealth of experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. They are international entrepreneurs, doctors (both medical and academic), robotics experts, storytellers, conservationists, campaigners, and creatives. 

What they all have in common is their love of the innovative, learning-by-doing approach to learning and their devotion to delivering a world-class student experience. 

Digital skills, competencies and confidence will continue to grow in importance in the workplace. 

This programme will provide a vital boost to your CV regardless of your sector or role. 

For those returning to the workplace, it will signal to employers that you have kept pace with digital transformation and will bring the necessary digital skills and confidence to your role.

For those pursuing a career pivot, this programme will provide you with in-demand technology skills and literacy. 

 

If you are already in work, you will be primed to take on new responsibilities and play an active part in digital transformation projects.

This programme will benefit people across the labour market, from the self-employed to SMEs, public sector and multinationals. 

Research by Google in 2021 shows that 80% of SMEs say the future success of Ireland’s economy will depend on investment in the right digital skills. 

Harnessing Digital – the Digital Ireland Framework sets out an ambitious digital transformation agenda for Ireland’s public sector. This programme will be of benefit to those working in, or seeking to work in the public sector, who will require digital skills, competencies and mindset to thrive in a digitally transformed Irish public sector.

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