In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is offering free UpSkill mini courses to support the community. UpSkill is a suite of online mini courses which involve about 40 hours of learning over four weeks.

Learners who successfully complete the optional assessment will receive a digital badge, and the courses can stack up to contribute to a university qualification. Community members can select one of five free USQ mini courses now on offer.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the pandemic had dealt multiple blows to local families and businesses. “We all recognise how easy it is to feel overwhelmed by the changes to our lives during this unprecedented time,” Professor Mackenzie said. “USQ has long been a leader in the online, flexible learning space and our UpSkill mini courses are part of a suite of learning options available at the University.”

Professor Mackenzie said,”In the most difficult times, opportunities often present themselves. If university study has been something you have always thought of trying, this might be the perfect time to dip your toes in the water.”

Another option is to register and pay for three mini courses and receive one free from the entire range of UpSkill. All up, there are 30 mini courses available to study with more being developed, including the five free courses on offer. USQ UpSkill courses being offered for free include: Cybersecurity for non-IT professionals, Creativity in Entrepreneurship, The Ethical Leadership Path, Planning for Moving People, and Campaigning for Change.

All courses are fully online and facilitated by USQ academics. The free offer is open for six months. For further information please, click here.

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