The workshop will be in three parts:
1 Key activities and outcomes from three Jisc-funded projects [plenary – 20mins]
The Panel will briefly describe the three Jisc-funded projects:
- Technology for employability: exploring the role of technology in delivering employability benefits for students.
- Auto Share & Learn: the development of an online Portal to support Jaguar Land Rover and its supply network companies to improve collaboration in skills development supported by educational providers.
- Change Agents’ Network: activities to extend staff-student partnerships and students as change agents’ initiatives to include employers.
The Panel will then identify key lessons learnt, including:
- Student/staff engagement with employers can provide powerful learning experiences e.g. problem-solving of authentic employer issues and can potentially be supported by technology in a range of ways all of which help students develop their employability and digital skills.
- There are a range of barriers to be overcome for institutions wanting to increase engagement and partnership working between staff, students and employers (particularly with HE and SMEs). New and creative approaches to partnership working need to be developed (as illustrated by the Auto Share and Learn project).
- There is insufficient exploitation of technologies like social media and e-portfolios in supporting employability benefits to students. In particular, it was identified that:
- Institutions could do more to unleash student creativity in using digital networks/media to engage with employers, alumni and other stakeholders.
- Digital literacies are underplayed for underpinning employability skills.
- Employers and HE/FE generally have low aspirations in relation to “digital entrepreneurialism”.
- There is ample evidence that student “change agent projects” yield many benefits for students, staff and institutions.
Participants will be able to query and challenge the Panel members.
2 Groups to explore new collaborative learning approaches that connect students, staff and employers [group work – 30mins]
The workshop will break into groups to explore new collaborative learning approaches that connect students, staff and employers and how they can be implemented. A Panel member will facilitate small-group discussions, supporting group members in identifying ideas for how their institutions can implement such collaborative learning approaches and overcome barriers – drawing on the lessons learnt from the Jisc projects. Participants will be asked to record their ideas on posters including implementation approach, barriers and the affordances of using technologies.
3 Summary [plenary – 10 mins]
Summary and review of solution posters and take-away suggestions. All workshop outputs will be made available via the Jisc project sites.
Participants will benefit through:
- Appreciation of the lessons learnt from three Jisc-funded projects focused on engagement between students, staff and employers.
- Enhanced understanding of approaches and barriers for connecting students, staff and employers together to shape future learning in HE and FE.
- Understanding of what digital employability means in practice.
- The production of ideas which they can use in their own institutions.