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16th - 17th, June 2020
Virtual / Streaming

Design and strategy for the future of learning and work


Dr Robert Kay

Dr Robert Kay is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Incept Labs, and was appointed an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University in 2013. Dr Kay was formerly the Head of Strategic Innovation at Westpac Banking Corporation; a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Organisational Development at the University of Technology Sydney; and, a research analyst at Bovis Lend Lease.

Over the last couple of years, he has been commissioned to undertake multiple studies of senior leaders. These include a study on CEOs’ perspectives of Organisational Resilience; a world first comparison between public and private sector leaders in relation to innovation; and, an examination of the circumstances under which good governance leads to better performance, commissioned by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

With a career that has continuously moved between industry and academia, Robert is also a sought after speaker, having been a keynote at the last two Australian Institute of Company Directors conferences. His presentations use an innovative combination of video and storytelling to illustrate complex ideas in simple and practical ways.

Robert holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Systems Thinking and a PhD on the application of biological systems theories to improving organisational learning and resilience.

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Incept Labs


- Analyse the rapidly changing nature of work and the power of micro-credentials to support professionals
- Explore the evolving models for micro-credentials and their capacity for education and social good
- Identify the best micro-credential model for your institution’s needs and ambitions
- Understand the benefits of micro-credentials for business and learners alike
- Learn how to engage effectively with industry to identify commercial drivers
- Unpack the AQF’s current position on micro-credentials and prepare for likely regulation in the future
- Execute a practical design exercise tailored to your business interests
- Learn how to extrapolate assessable skills and capabilities from knowledge-driven content


Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Micro-Credentialing in Higher Education Workshop

16 Jun - 17 Jun

Defining and embracing micro-credentials

- Explore and critique how we recognise learning

- Identify the key characteristics of micro-credentials

- Understand the social and business case for micro-credentials, and the unique value proposition they offer learners

Working with internal and external stakeholders

- Consult and collaborate with industry to ensure the currency and efficacy of your micro-credential suite

- Work with academic and strategic leaders towards mutually beneficial outcomes for business and students

- Understand the similarities and differences between vocational, skills-based training and assessment, and traditional structures and goals of tertiary education


Micro-credentials and the AQF

- Explore the key-takeaways from the AQF’s current position on micro-credentials

- Analyse the implications and opportunities presented for universities in the AQF’s evolving stance on micro-credentials

- Future-proof your micro-credential suite for AQF regulation


Micro-credentials and the future of work and learning

- Explore the power of micro-credentials to create pathways to education for marginalised groups

- Understand the changing nature of work and careers and how micro-credentials can benefit individuals and industry alike

- Consider the future of higher education in a rapidly evolving and metamorphic labour market

  • Dr Robert Kay Co-Founder & Executive Director Incept Labs

Models for micro-credentials

- Assess the goals of your organisation’s micro-credential ambitions against tried and tested models

- Analyse the pros and cons of various models of micro-credential for students and business

- Balance and align business and student best interests in the selection of micro-credential models


Design exercises

Choose from three streams depending on your business needs and ambitions, and explore the nuances of designing micro-credentials for different intentions.

- Analyse pre-existing course-content for assessable skills and capabilities

- Embed micro-credentials into long-form qualifications for incremental certification of skills acquisition

- Notionally index your micro-credentials to the AQF

  • Dr Robert Kay Co-Founder & Executive Director Incept Labs


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