Connecting Education and The Future of Work


That's a wrap for the OpenLearning Symposium 2022. Get the recordings, workshop activities and online certificate by accessing the Symposium Course below:

Online on 17 November

Uncover insights, best practices and implementable strategies for harnessing the potential of micro-credentials and alternative qualifications for education, training and the future of work.

Explore the latest trends, strategies and opportunities

Discuss the relevance of micro-credentials as a tool to empower the recruitment, retainment and upskilling of employees

Discover ways to deliver and enhance micro-credential offerings via partnerships

Take home forward-thinking approaches in a day committed to moving from ideas to action. The profiles of our speakers and participants include

Educators and education innovators

Professional, academic and lifelong learning leaders and trainers

Researchers and professionals in the lifelong learning sector

Learning & development practitioners, hiring managers and leaders in HR, People Development and Culture

Official Symposium Course

Join the official conference course to network with other speakers and attendees, as well as accessing resources and research materials from the Symposium.This course is ideal for and open to anyone interested in micro-credentials and unable to join us live online.


We are currently amidst a profound social and economic transformation affecting occupations across all sectors. More comprehensive strategies are required to help young talent and workers navigate the changing job market. Continuing interest in alternative qualifications such as micro-credentials, digital badges and industry-recognised certificates provide opportunities for private sectors, policy-makers and education providers to work together and deliver new pathways to reskill and upskill.

However, the verdict is still out on how much return on investment these credentials provide to learners and how compelling they are for employers with hiring needs. Micro-credentials: Connecting Education and The Future of Work is focused on public-private partnerships to future fit education across a spectrum of measures, including policy, access, programmes and outreach. 

Symposium Welcome & Opening Address

Welcoming remarks, opening and introductions

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Panel Discussion 1

The Rise of Micro-credentials: Are We Leading, or Are We Being Led?
Donald Tracy (Austin Community College), Dr Amanda O'Shea (The Open University), Dr Shazia K Jan (OpenLearning)

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Workshop 1

Is academic qualification still crucial in job seeking?
Dr Fatimah Abdul Razak (UKM), Dr Lini Lee (MMU)

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Workshop 2

Culture Shock or Culture Syiok?
Tung An Gie (MAHSA Avenue International College), Kristina Francis (UTAR)

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Satellite Webinar

Connecting Education and The Future of Work for Indonesia
Karyana Hutomo (PT Mitra Rencana Edukasi), Satria Siregar (Lazada Indonesia), Sri Daryanti (Universitas Indonesia), Asep Saeful Bahri (PT Mondelez International)

11:30 AM MYT / 10:30 AM WIB
Micro-credential Showcase

Online CPD with IMPROVE by the English Language Teaching Centre, Ministry of Education Malaysia
Dr Mohd Faisal Farish Ishak (ELTC)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Panel Discussion 2

Talent Recruitment, Retention and Upskilling Strategies
Dr Hazman Shah Abdullah, Dr Nantana Taptamat (The University of Queensland), Jagmohan Singh, (Center of Applied Data Science)

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Solution Walkthrough

Building Successful Micro-credentials for Your Institution on OpenLearning

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Our Speakers

More speakers to be annouced soon

Dr Amanda O'Shea
Lecturer in Microcredentials

The Open University

Sri Daryanti
Deputy Director of Career Development

Universitas Indonesia

Satria Siregar
Strategic Partnerships

Lazada Indonesia

Karyana Hutomo
Co-Founder & Director

PT Mitra Rencana Edukasi

Donald Tracy
Director of Corporate & Community Education, Continuing Education Division

Austin Community College

Dr Fatimah Abdul Razak
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science & Technology

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Ir. Dr. Lini Lee
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering

Multimedia University

Tung An Gie
Deputy Principal

MAHSA Avenue International College

Adam Brimo
Chief Executive Officer


Dr Shazia K Jan
Academic Director


Kristina Francis

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

Balasandar Balakrishnan
Learning Designer and Trainer