FutureLearn and partners encourage leaders of the future workplace to be change-ready

FutureLearn, the social learning platform, is today announcing in collaboration with Durham University and The Open University, the launch of courses in change and empowerment in the workplace. ‘Leading and Managing People-Centred Change’ is available now, while ‘Modern Empowerment in the Workplace’ starts on 25th September.

Human resources and those in leadership or organisational development positions are fundamental to implementing change in the workplace, particularly as employees enter new career paths for jobs that already exist, or enter new positions that will soon populate the workforce as new sectors emerge. As evolving technology drives the workplace forward and employee expectations grow, FutureLearn and their partners are looking to equip learners with the skills to manage and engage employees in the change process, and consider the rise of the empowerment era in the workplace.

The first course available to learners this month, ‘Leading and Managing People-Centred Change’, is aimed at those new to leadership roles, those currently working in or aspiring to work in human resources (HR), as well people in organisational development and internal communications roles. The course emphasises the importance of people within the change process and how they can be brought on board. The course begins by looking at how best to prepare for change, through internal communications plans and identifying key stakeholders in order to establish where support is needed during the project. Learners will also progress to look at the emotions and reactions of change and how these can be mis-managed. Finally, learners will look at how to monitor the implementation of a change project and managing potential threats to its success.

Dr. Julie Hodges, specialist in people-centred change at Durham University Business School and lead educator of the course, said: “The rate of change in today's global workplace is accelerating due to advances in technology, so it’s vital to ensure change is implemented successfully in order for organisations to realise the benefits of change more effectively. We felt it was important to focus on the people element of change; it's critical to engage relevant people at all levels within the business, not only to implement but also to sustain change. We’re thrilled that as well as course learning, participants will be able to compare experiences and insights from professionals, enabling them to appreciate different perspectives of change and develop practical tools and approaches which they can apply to their own organisations.”

The Open University’s course: ‘Modern Empowerment in the Workplace’ starts on 25th September and aims to target those currently aspiring to work in human resources. The course explores the rise of the new empowerment era and the key role that HR practitioners play. Where many organisations position the employee as central to the organisation’s strategy, the course begins by looking at defining empowerment and asking learners to question how empowered they are in their place of work. Learners will have the opportunity to look at case studies from organisations such as John Lewis, the NHS and Googleplex. Learners will also explore challenges around the idea of empowerment, such as ‘boundaryless careers’. They will finally look at the future empowerment of work and look at concepts such as the ‘post-work’ society.

Stephen Somerville, Director of Business Development at FutureLearn, said: “The workplace is constantly evolving to adapt to societal changes and subsequent employee expectations. In many cases, today’s office environment is unrecognisable from previous generations and the rate of change is increasing exponentially. In parallel, those serious about progressing in Human Resources and leadership roles must understand the impact of this pace of change and are equip themselves to help manage their teams through it. It’s fantastic that Durham and the OU address this issue and encourage learners to equip themselves with the skills needed for this ever-changing working landscape.”

As with most FutureLearn courses, the courses can be taken for free or there is the option to upgrade to receive additional benefits.

About FutureLearn: Founded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform, enabling online learning through conversation. With over 6.5 million people from over 200 countries across the globe – a community that is continuously growing – it offers free and paid for online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, as well as organisations such as the European Space Agency, the British Council and Cancer Research UK. FutureLearn’s course portfolio covers a wealth of areas to promote lifelong learning for a range of applications including general interest, an introduction to university studies, continuing professional development and fully online postgraduate degrees.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Advertisers

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Video Advert

Newsroom Activity

Ahlan Safety commented on 5 ways to keep your Company safe 2 hours 45 minutes ago

Workplace health and safety is very important part for every business. I read these 5 steps, So I...

Ahlan Safety commented on 5 ways to keep your Company safe 2 hours 46 minutes ago

Workplace health and safety is very important part for every business. I read these 5 steps, So I...

I really enjoy to read this article. I want to...

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page