Academic Exchange 2: Developing professional graduates within and beyond the curriculum

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Thursday 7 July, 10.00-11.30, Online

Recording of the Academic Exchange

i. Unlocking Potential: Skills for Prosperity and the University of Gloucestershire/Polimanado Partnership

Clair Greenaway and Rachel Vieira (The Gloucestershire Business School) with Mareyke Alelo (Politeknik Negeri Manado, Indonesia) and Irfan Afandi (International Labour Organisation)

In July 2021, Gloucestershire Business School was awarded funding from the International Labour Organisation as part of the Skills for Prosperity programme to support development of the tourism curriculum at Politeknik Negeri Manado, Indonesia. This session will explore the unique collaboration between two groups of academics, navigating time differences and different institutional approaches in order to enrich student experience and grow the Indonesian tourism economy. Mareyke Alelo (Director of Polimanado) and Irfan Afandi (National Project Officer with the International Labour Organisation) join Clair Greenaway to discuss the partnership and explore models which enable undergraduate students to participate in international collaborations. 

ii. Life Design: Applying ‘Design Thinking’ to Tackle the Wicked Problems of Life

Red Kellino and Katie Bateman (Your Future Plan)

We can’t wait to help you figure out what you want to grow into next, as this life of yours –
this amazing design of yours – unfolds’

These are the words of Bill Burnett from Stanford University, the co-founder of Life Design, a design thinking approach to solving the ‘wicked’ problems in life.

Life Design aims to challenge some of the assumptions that students have about their future; that they are looking for the perfect or dream job or that, by now, they should know where they are going. Instead, Life Design seeks to reframe these ideas, to help students think like a designer, to prototype lots of ideas and be open to multiple pathways, as there are many potential lives inside us.

In this participatory session, Katie Bateman and Red Kellino from the YFP Team will lead us through some of the key concepts and techniques of Stanford’s Life Design programme, which is now being offered at UoG. So, be curious, prepared to try stuff and to look at new approaches to solve the wicked problems of life.

iii. Identifying, Becoming and Being a Lawyer: Embedding Industry Skills into Summative Assessment 

Lottie Park-Morton with Catherine Crampton, Kushal Adheen and Jonathan Cooper (The Gloucestershire Business School)   

Driven by changes in the legal landscape, the Law team re-developed their assessment strategy in order to embed industry skills into summative assessment at all levels of the degree. Coming to the end of the first academic year since these changes, tutors who have adopted novel, skills-based assessments can reflect on the perceived effectiveness of such assessment types.

This presentation will provide the legal, as well as academic, rationale for embedding skills-based assessment, before outlining some of the assessments we have administered. The focus of the presentation will then be to reflect on the experience of administering such assessments, including challenges for the tutors, student feedback, and student attainment. Since this is the first academic year of the changes, we will also reflect on how we anticipate developing these assessments in the future.

This presentation will be of interest to any course teams looking to diversify their assessment strategy in order to enhance the student experience and to embed employability skills and attributes into summative assessment beyond the ‘norm’.

iv. Working and Learning: Opportunities and Challenges of Apprenticeship Programmes

Polly Pick (Business Engagement)

By the end of the 2021-22 academic year UoG will have 800 Learners on 19 Apprenticeship programmes. These programmes are growing rapidly, but they are also exciting and interesting areas of teaching to be involved with. Learners come from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds, and bring a wealth of knowledge with them.

This presentation aims to highlight the benefits of working in this area and the challenges presented by the programmes. It will explore some of the key factors colleagues need to take into account to get the most out of the experience.

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