Using interactions within HE as an alternative to industrial placements to enhance employability

"Using interactions within the HE sector as an alternative to industrial placements to enhance employability and subject knowledge" Dr Cheryl Hurkett, Centre for Interdisciplinary Science

Presented at the 3rd Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

Recording

https://youtu.be/VYyGWZFJ3D8 (14 minutes)

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Summary

Students engage more with activities that have a ‘real-world’ connection.  If industrial placements are not possible the same skills and subject knowledge enhancement can be produced by student interactions between departments or universities.  These interactions can take the form of asymmetric activities where one group of students creates content to be used by, reflected upon and assessed by, a secondary group of students.  Alternatively the student groups can act as co-creators of content that is intended to be viewed or used by an external audience (e.g. the general public).  Exemplar activities within single discipline and cross-disciplinary domains will be presented illustrating their benefits and showing how they can be adapted and embedded into existing programmes.

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