Online Course (5 weeks)
A cohort-focused facilitator-led online course provides training on methods and tools that can enhance employability skills instruction. This course is designed for faculty only and requires a time commitment of approximately 7 hours per week. Course completers receive a digital badge, certificate, and a small stipend. An outline of the course follows.
Necessary Skills Now: Integrating Technical and Employability Skills
Share employability skills from national reports and NSN’s national industry advisors; participants report common employability skills identified by their industry partners and discuss challenges to teaching those skills.
Compare/discuss three models of employability skills instruction: explicit instruction as a stand-alone topic or course, explicit instruction with discipline-specific workplace context, and integrated instruction that synthesizes technical and employability skills. Share examples of each and discuss student outcomes, potential employer benefits/outcomes, and overall effect on skill development and mastery.
Deep dive into the integrated instruction model using skills matching and scenario development exercises. Participants draft scenarios for integrated lesson/project and identify employer partner(s) with whom to collaborate on future content development.
Discussion on key considerations for developing student activities that model workplace situations. Development of SLOs and teaching/learning activities for integrated lesson/project.
Discussion on selecting assessment strategies that promote learning. Participants draft assessment tool(s) to complete integrated lesson/project. Peer feedback on lesson/project draft.
Tentative Course Dates:
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- June 17-July 19, 2019
- October 11-November 15, 2019
- Winter 2020 (Dates to be determined)
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