Through the work of the xxx Change Agents’ Network 2 , students working as partners on employability projects are developing their skills for a digital workplace. This panel discussion will represent current practice from colleges 3 and universities 4 that are realising the benefits of working with students as active partners in strategy development and change initiatives.
In this session we will hear from an expert panel with student representatives from a university and a further education college. Panel members will share their experiences on how technology is supporting students in gaining the digital skills they need to effectively communicate, influence and engage with employers to support
them in their future careers. We will also highlight the challenges associated with extending student-staff partnership working to include employers and will give examples of how institutions are overcoming these challenges. The panel will challenge staff to think more creatively about how they engage their own students in digital developments so as to offer opportunities for students to develop both their digital as well as their employability skills.
The timings for the session will be as follows:
1) Initial presentation (10 min) – introduction to the session, overview of the xxx work in this area
2) 45 mins interactive debate between students and with participation from delegates through structured questions (feedback collated using Twitter and a Textwall and shared with delegates during session
3) Closing plenary (5 mins)
Participants will be able to access supporting advice and guidance to take forward this agenda in their own institution from the Developing Successful Student Staff Partnerships online guide 5 (xxx, 2015)
and through the xxxx Technology for Employability report (xxx, 2015).
1 https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/developing-student- employability