How do we balance a desire to create learning experiences rooted in discovery and critical inquiry with demands for higher education to prepare graduates for the workforce? How does the undergraduate curriculum incorporate skills and competencies that help students succeed in professional careers after graduation? In what ways do you help students develop employability skills into your courses?
Universities are often expected to produce work-ready graduates with a set of skills and competencies such as critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving, communication (verbal and written) and teamwork skills. Yet, given the critical role of faculty in curriculum design and teaching, little is known about faculty’s understanding of these types of employability skills and whether faculty integrate these skills into their teaching and assessment practices.
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Valeria Cotronei-Baird, a visiting scholar from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She will share some of the findings from her research investigating how faculty understand the employability agenda and to what extent and how faculty members are integrating these skills and competencies into the curriculum of a large research-intensive Australian university. Then we’ll have time for small and large group discussion and reflection about how this plays out in your courses and department curriculum.
Dr. Valeria Cotronei-Baird is a faculty member in the Faculty of Business & Economics, and a Learning and Teaching Specialist in the Williams Centre for Learning Advancement at The University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the integration of employability skills in the university curriculum, the professional development of academic teaching staff, assessment and assessment criteria and feedback, engaging students in the classroom, collaborative learning and team-based assignments and online delivery.