Workshop information and materials

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We are not sure what capabilities students need or how they relate to our graduate profile

Name of workshop: 

Identifying employability capabilities

About:

This workshop introduces thinking around the future of work. Participants consider the capabilities graduates will need if they are thrive in a rapidly changing world of work.

Length:

1 hour

Who should attend?

Any group of students or staff

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Discuss global trends and their implications for the future of work.
  2. Identify the capabilities graduates will need if they are to thrive in their future lives and careers.
  3. Relate capabilities to their institution’s Graduate Profile
  4. Reflect on their efforts to develop the capabilities “Future-Ready Grads” will need.

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We want to demonstrate that teachers can embed employability within sessions and courses

Name of workshop: 

Mission almost impossible? Embedding employability in sessions and courses

About:

Some academics believe that cannot embed employability related capabilities in their courses. In this workshop participants work together to solve ‘almost impossible’ pedagogical challenges. Participants are introduced to a framework to guide future practice. We’ve tested this workshop, read our blog to find out more.

Length:

2-3 hours

Who should attend?

Experienced teachers and academic developers

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Assess the range, standard, scope and importance of a range of employability capabilities.
  2. Develop plans for embedding a difficult to teach capability in a session, course or programme.
  3. Evaluate pedagogical practices for embedding employability capabilities into the curriculum
  4. Reflect on their own courses in terms of employability capability development.

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We want to explore embedding employability in our programmes and qualifications

Name of workshop: 

Embedding employability in programmes and qualifications

About:

This workshop takes a whole of programme approach to developing future ready grads. It identifies the issues and shares practices and tools for coordinating between and across courses.

Length:

2 hours

Who should attend?

Academics responsible for programmes, qualifications or majors

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Assess the range and scope of employability capabilities.
  2. Identify the challenges in providing for coordinated and progressive capability development across the multiple modules/courses that make up a degree.
  3. Apply a model to introduce change within a programme
  4. Make strategic and operational plans to embed employability capabilities in programmes

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We want to explore the challenges teaching staff face in embedding employability within their courses

Name of workshop: 

Challenges in teaching for employability capabilities

About:

This workshop considers the breadth of capabilities future ready grads need and the teaching methods that foster their development. Participants consider the factors supporting and inhibiting effective teaching of employability related capabilities. We’ve tested this workshop, read our blog to find out more.

Length:

2-3 hours

Who should attend?

Any group of staff who teach or manage courses

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Identify and discuss learning and teaching methods for developing employability capabilities
  2. Identify forces that facilitate employability teaching
  3. Identify barriers to developing employability
  4. Describe their sphere of influence

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We want to learn about and apply a research informed pedagogical framework for transformational learning

Name of workshop: 

Tranformational teaching and embedding employability in the curriculum

About:

Participants in this workshop reflect on one of their own courses. They learn about transformational teaching and the transfer of learning. Using tools and frameworks they work on scenarios and then their own courses. Participants leave the workshop with plans for building their students’ employability capabilities.

Length:

2-3 hours

Who should attend?

Any group of students or staff

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Describe the pedagogical challenge in developing future ready grads
  2. Describe the 4Es pedagogical framework and contrast it with traditional approaches
  3. Review their own course against the dimensions of the framework
  4. Apply the framework to a scenario
  5. Apply the framework to develop an improvement plan for their own course
  6. Identify relevant, achievable, low risk and impactful changes to implement at the next iteration of their course
  7. Use the templates and materials to work on their own courses or to help others
  8. Think beyond their courses to generate

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We want to explore equity of opportunity in employability development at an institutional level

Name of workshop: 

Levelling the employability playing field

About:

This workshop takes a whole institution approach. Taking an equity perspective participants work on ideas to create institutions that recognise diversity and prepare all students for their futures.

Length:

2-3 hours

Who should attend?

University staff involved in teaching or supporting target groups of students

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Identify capabilities that students need for their future lives and careers
  2. Identify equity issues in institutional approaches to developing students’ employability capabilities
  3. Adapt existing and design new institution wide approaches to teaching and supporting non-traditional students

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