Employability

Designing postgraduate education as a means of sharing and developing academic and professional knowledge

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 14/06/2021 - 09:00
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Postgraduate degrees are increasingly seen as a means of career advancement in the professions. A growing number of postgraduate courses are offered online, allowing individuals to access education from anywhere in the world, while remaining in employment.

Here, we share our views of what works in online postgraduate education and the potential benefits of our approach. However, there is no “one size fits all” and what we outline is not an easy undertaking, requiring effort from teachers with confidence, and academic and professional credibility.

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Gill Aitken and Tim Fawns explain how to design online postgraduate courses that operate at the boundaries of the academic and professional worlds
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Gill Aitken and Tim Fawns explain how to design online postgraduate courses that operate at the boundaries of the academic and professional worlds

It’s a game changer: using design thinking to find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 11/06/2021 - 09:00
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As we march closer to the 2030 target date for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is becoming more urgent that we engage young minds with these global challenges and demonstrate to them how they can have a real impact.

We developed Game Changer to engage students with the SDGs through the development of “impact-driven entrepreneurship”.

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Rachel Bickerdike explains how using design thinking to find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals can open up a new world of social entrepreneurship for students
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Rachel Bickerdike explains how using design thinking to find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals can open up a new world of social entrepreneurship for students

After the gold rush: how to respond to the Chinese student downswing

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 04/06/2021 - 00:01
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Over the past two decades, international student mobility has exploded, transforming both universities and national economies. While the rise of international education has been a global story, it does have one outsized player. China has accounted for the majority of international enrolment growth in the major English-speaking study destinations, with rapid economic growth, a large youth population and a shortage of university places fuelling a prolonged surge in outbound study.

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As the country’s outbound study trend cools, student recruitment strategies must evolve – and there is no ‘next China’ to fall back on, says Matt Durnin
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As the country’s outbound study trend cools, student recruitment strategies must evolve – and there is no ‘next China’ to fall back on, says Matt Durnin

Moving online could signal the death of pedagogy

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 01/06/2021 - 01:01
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The pedagogical approach to learning, teacher-centred learning, the sage on the stage – call it what you will, things aren’t looking good for this particular learning model going forward.

The future looks very likely indeed to include a pandemic-induced move toward a new hybrid era that mixes online and in-person study. Furthermore, the spoon-fed style of learning is not best suited to prospective PhD candidates, future researchers or adult learners looking to develop their career through study.

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Shifting to andragogical learning models is the ideal way to prepare students for independent study, research and the world of work, says Steve Davies
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Shifting to andragogical learning models is the ideal way to prepare students for independent study, research and the world of work, says Steve Davies

The trials of teaching a ‘new’ script in a virtual world

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 24/05/2021 - 01:01
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Imagine you’re 18 years old and you’re just beginning to learn how to read and write in a language you’ve never heard or spoken before. Not only that, but you have to learn it remotely, sitting online in front of a machine with a keyboard that, most likely, doesn’t have the letters of the language you’re about to learn. You’d be forgiven for asking yourself why you’re learning this language. And why you’re learning these strange-looking scripts.

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Teaching non-Roman scripts online throws up great challenges, but we must preserve the world’s linguistic resources, say Rana Raddawi, Jingjing Ji and Ronit Alexander
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Teaching non-Roman scripts online throws up great challenges, but we must preserve the world’s linguistic resources, say Rana Raddawi, Jingjing Ji and Ronit Alexander

Harnessing technology to support graduate employability

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 21/05/2021 - 16:00
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Academics and graduate recruitment experts discuss how digital education can best be used to support students in gaining the skills they will need in the future workplace
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Academics and graduate recruitment experts discuss how digital education can best be used to support students in gaining the skills they will need in the future workplace

Short online courses can grease the wheels of student employability

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 17/05/2021 - 01:01
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It’s hardly a secret that the UK’s Further and Higher Education Act 1992 helped to diversify access to degree-level education. It was an excellent way to bridge the social mobility gap and ensure that students from different backgrounds could go to university.

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The degree has transitioned from differentiating factor to basic benchmark. Online microcredentials can help graduates stand out from their rivals, says Madina Tash
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The degree has transitioned from differentiating factor to basic benchmark. Online microcredentials can help graduates stand out from their rivals, says Madina Tash

Digital-first thinking is needed to address youth employability

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 07/05/2021 - 01:01
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We’ve been trying to solve the problem of youth unemployment for decades. In my view, for starters, it requires far greater joined-up efforts and investment from the UK’s policymakers and the delivery system. I don’t think it’s a given that a young person is work-ready upon completion of their formal higher education, so the big question is: what’s the joined-up role of the government and HEIs here?

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Younger people are geared towards digital channels, so they’re more likely to engage with innovative, online training as part of their studies, says Harminder Matharu
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Younger people are geared towards digital channels, so they’re more likely to engage with innovative, online training as part of their studies, says Harminder Matharu

Teaching students to think for themselves is not enough

Submitted by dene.mullen on Thu, 29/04/2021 - 01:01
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What should we aim for, as university instructors, when it comes to the intellectual development of our students? The reigning view in the philosophy of education is that we should aim for critical thinking.

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The critical thinking ideal is too individualistic and self-focused − students must learn to help others think well, too, says T. Ryan Byerly
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The critical thinking ideal is too individualistic and self-focused − students must learn to help others think well, too, says T. Ryan Byerly

Impostor syndrome can strike even in virtual internships

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 21/04/2021 - 01:01
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Whether it’s because of an inherent lack of confidence or the restrictions preventing them from entering a physical workspace, there is growing evidence to suggest that students are failing to see the value of their contribution to knowledge exchange activities such as virtual internships.

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It’s worrying that students who do internships online underestimate their contributions when employers rate them as valuable, say Chloe Severn and Katie Stote
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It’s worrying that students who do internships online underestimate their contributions when employers rate them as valuable, say Chloe Severn and Katie Stote