9:00 - 11:00 am:
“Enhancing Students’ Employability: The Challenges and Opportunities” (ENGLISH)
One of the major outcomes of the university education is to enhance students’ employability when we no longer see universities as ivory towers. However, we are challenged with the great mission when we define the elusive concept of employability as an extremely long list of generic competencies. Worse still, we do not have sufficient researches to prescribe the most effective measures to actualize the tall agenda. WIL is one of the few commonly agreed platforms that contributes to enhance students’ employability. However employability is still something elusive to measure and WIL requires substantial investment of resources to operate. The workshop will engage participants to explore together how we can snatch the opportunities of the general consensus towards the potential benefits WIL; how we can maximize students’ learning and how we can help students to articulate the learning outcomes so that the claimed outcome of improved employability can be evidence-based.
9:00 - 11:00 am:
“How to Start/Enhance the Implementation of Work Integrated Learning for your Students” (ENGLISH)
If your University has not yet started any WIL, it may seem risky to make a start especially when the economy is not too promising. However, the threat of losing out in the graduates’ job markets may promise an opportunity for stakeholders to agree on the need to launch WIL in order to boost students’ employability. How should you start the planning and preparation to make a good head start that will work? The workshop will offer sharing of experience gathered from different approaches and mode of operation. Both the background of the economy, nature of profession/discipline, factors considered in the beginning and the lesson learned will be discussed. Participants will explore together for a comprehensive framework of consideration to start the implementation of WIL. The agenda will be relevant to those who have already had WIL in place and would like to explore for ways of improvement.
1:00 - 3:00 pm:
“Enhancing Students’ Employability: The Challenges and Opportunities” (MANDARIN)
1:00 - 3:00 pm:
“How to Start/Enhance the Implementation of Work Integrated Learning for your Students” (MANDARIN)
1:00 - 4:00 pm:
“Work Integrated Learning – How to Engage Faculty and Access Outcomes” (ENGLISH)
Dr. James R. Stellar
Queens College, CUNY
Professor Richard Porter
Professor & Chair of the Mathematics Department
The success of Work Integrated Learning programs requires collaboration and support among multiple groups — faculty, staff, work-place partners, and students. In this workshop, we will examine strategies for engaging faculty, building collaborations across boundaries within and out of the college/university, and assessing student outcomes as well as the role that assessment itself can play in building and sustaining collaborations. Through a combination of presentations and group discussions, participants will leave with a variety of strategies and steps to apply to their own work in WIL programs.