Two weeks ago the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia hosted HERDSA2017, a key conference on research and development in higher education. This year’s theme was “Curriculum Transformation” with presentations organised around practical implications, drivers and facilitators in curriculum transformation. A few colleagues from Macquarie and I enjoyed stimulating, eye opening and thought-provoking conversations.
Here is what I learned based on selected presentations I attended:
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We are fortunate to have Independent Higher Education Consultant, Lorna Froud, visiting Macquarie University to provide a free interactive workshop on Wednesday 5 July 2017 as follows:
An interactive workshop to give academic advisers/personal tutors an opportunity to develop and share good practice in order to provide timely, effective and appropriate support to students in the development of their critical self-awareness in support of their academic success and employability whilst at university.
Through a series of practical activities, participants will develop a deeper understanding of Critical Self-Awareness in the context of employability and what encourages students to develop effectively. The aim is to provide a constructive forum for the exchange of ideas and sharing of good practice, as well as reassurance and some useful practical tools and resources. Participants will also gain clarity on roles and boundaries, signposting and referral, and know what information and support is available.
By attending this session participants will be able to:
define what it is for students to be personally literate and critically self-aware in the context of employability and the graduate labour market
identify practical ways to foster students’ own development of their Critical Self-awareness for employability and academic success through the Academic Guidance process
make use of the support available from their university careers centre, aware of respective roles and boundaries, and knowing when to refer.
Lorna Froud was Head of Careers and Employment Centre at Oxford Brookes University, UK, during which time she also served on the Board of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisors). More recently she was Director of Careers and Employability at the University of Reading, UK. She is now an independent consultant.
The national Graduate Employability 2.0 forum will be held at QUT, Brisbane on September 16th. The forum is a free one-day event that brings together teachers, academic leaders, industry representatives, students and graduates to learn about authentic relationships and social capabilities for graduate employability. This event is part of Dr Ruth Bridgstock’s National Senior Teaching Fellowship with the Office of Learning and Teaching.
Academia.edu is often seen as the academic alternative, but there are also benefits to maintaining a profile on LinkedIn, one of the world’s fastest growing social networks. That’s why the Career and Employment Service are holding a LinkedIn profile review Clinic for staff on Monday 18 July!
A couple of days ago I reflected on what it takes to win a student Startup Pitch competition. I decided to follow-up with 5 practical ideas on what we as educators can learn from such an event: how can we make in-class student presentations more ‘pitch-like’ (i.e. passionate and engaged)?
10K up for grabs and 7 teams of aspiring entrepreneurs competing for judges’ attention. Not a scene from Shark Tank, but the Macquarie Startup Pitch Competition. What were the factors that gave the winning team the edge?