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What is University Continuing Education Unit

Innovations in the Design and Application of Alternative Digital Credentials
University continuing education units vary in purpose and mandate. Some are well integrated with the main campus and possibly the university’s teaching and learning centre; others are standalone entities, which may function as ancillaries. In general, however, continuing education units serve adult learners whose learning needs focus on career advancement and professional development. Continuing education units are more nimble in how they function than faculties and foster strong relationships with their communities, industry, and professional associations. In Canada, many continuing education are leaders in online education and other innovative educational models.
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A Case Study in Micro-Learning and Alternate Credentials Before Their Time: Cardiac Care on the Web
Bettina Brockerhoff-Macdonald (Laurentian University, Canada) and Lorraine Mary Carter (McMaster University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7697-7.ch001
In this chapter, the journey of how the Cardiac Care on the Web online program came to be will be described, along with how the guiding principles framing the program development and delivery, as applied more than 20 years ago, still hold relevance today. Furthermore, how the program's micro-credential status has been sustained and has paved the way for micro-certifications at Laurentian University today will be discussed. Finally, this case study offers the authors the chance to review past and present literature and to reflect on next steps for Cardiac Care on the Web given the present emergence of micro-credentials in digital format.
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