Developing Transferable Skills: Work Placement Induction Activities

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Title Developing Transferable Skills: Work Placement Induction Activities
Creator Lejla Rovcanin
Description A work placement module provides an environment for alternative modes of learning (experiential, participatory, collaborative) that help students to further develop the practical competencies and transferable skills necessary to function as team members in a range of real working environments. In some subject areas, for example engineering, the necessity for transferable skills has been identified by professional accreditation bodies (e.g. Engineers Ireland and the UK's Engineering Council). Through work placement, students obtain practical experience which enhances the depth and breadth of their knowledge gained as a part of their academic programme. This in turn complements ongoing student development and preparation for future careers. With this in mind, work placement must form an integral part of all academic programmes. This paper describes the work placement preparation activities for an NQAI Level 7 programme which were delivered as a series of workshops, seminars, practitioner talks and discussions prior to students taking up their work placement. The first cohort of students was surveyed for feedback on the effectiveness and relevance of the existing and proposed induction activities and the findings are presented here. Students' suggestions for improvement are discussed.
Publisher AISHE International Conference Series
Date 2012-09-27 05:20:06
Type Peer-reviewed Paper
Source AISHE International Conference Series; AISHE-C 2012: Responding to Change: Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Language en
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