Value Added Courses are those that are designed to raise students’ standards above and beyond the levels specified in the academic curriculum. Value-added courses are included in the curriculum to improve students’ employability. Value-added courses are taught by department faculty or by collaborating with the industry to bridge the gap between the curriculum and the needs of the industry.
Importance of Value Added Courses
The incorporation of value-added courses should concentrate on leveraging the talent and innovative capabilities of aspiring professionals to meet the needs of today’s dynamic business environment, thus making the student more industry ready. The value-added programs supplement students’ learning and prepare them for the challenges of professional life. These programs enable students to gain a more holistic perspective and thus a better understanding of current industry challenges, as well as to gain and develop innovative and creative skills through a diverse range of course offerings.
Another pressing need for the addition of these courses in higher education institutions is to give students the option of designing their own degree, thereby facilitating cross-disciplinary education, by allowing students to choose courses from multiple disciplines and allowing credit transfers and earning credits through MOOCs and live projects. Integration of value-added courses provides students with the option of selecting a minor in addition to their major field of study, allowing credit transfer from one program to another, allowing students to choose courses from other programs, earning credits through live projects/community projects/workshops, taking a break after diploma and then continuing to earn a degree, transferring credits to other universities, and earning course credits through MOOC.
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