Career Brand Management for Everyone: Expanding Access to Career Development Learning by Launching an On-Demand, Competency-Based OPEN SUNY Specialization on Coursera
Valeri Chukhlomin, Associate Professor
- Debra Schubert, Secretary to the Dean, The School of Undergraduate Studies
- Tom Mackey, Interim Provost
- Carolyn Hunt, Director, The Office of Supported Programs
Empire State College
Career Brand Management is a four-course, OPEN SUNY specialization on Coursera that supports the professional development and personal enrichment of adult learners, nationally and globally, by providing them with open, on-demand access to academically rigorous and workplace-oriented career development learning. The purpose of the specialization is to enhance employability and foster career self-management skills. The initial manufacturing advance for developing the specialization was provided by Coursera; it supported the launch of the pilot version in 2016. Within the first six months, the specialization enrolled 44,500 learners from 168 countries; the learners reported positive learning outcomes and high levels of satisfaction (95%). In addition, the specialization was shortlisted by QS-Wharton’s Reimagine Education for 2016 Higher Education Innovation Award in the Nurturing Employability category. Building on the overwhelming success of the pilot, the project proposes to review, update, complete, and permanently deploy the specialization on Coursera in 2017-2018 as part of the Open SUNY 2.0 initiative.