Micro-credits are hands-on, educational courses or workshops, of a "selected topic" nature, with subtitles that vary depending on the nature of the workshop offered. The intensive nature of the workshops offered encourages practical, experiential learning, the benefits of which can be put to immediate use in the participants' future endeavours. Micro-credits are intended for students enrolled in a University of Ottawa program or for professionals interested in micro-credit topics.
Micro-credits are worth either 1 course unit or 1.5 course unit depending on the nature of the experiential learning commitment. Students can earn up to 3 micro-credits or the equivalent of 3 course units which will count in the program requirements as an elective course.
To receive the equivalent of a full course unit (worth a regular course of 3 course units), students must complete:
- 2 micro-credits worth 1.5 course unit each, for a total of 3 course units.
- 18 contact hours for each micro-credit worth 1.5 course unit.
- an evaluation, per micro-credit, equivalent to a reflective report of a minimum 500 words and a minimum of 5 references.
Details about micro-credits:
- Micro-credits are available to students who have already completed at least 24 university course units.
- Micro-credits count toward elective course units only.
- Some micro-credits do not have a schedule. Micro-credits are usually offered on a condensed weekend or can also be offered through longer courses (for example, during a week at 2.5 hours per day).