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Scenario1.

Identifying transferable skills


Learning objective: The goal of this scenario is to set the stage for understanding what transferable skill identification is and why it is critical to students ability to reach their educational and career goals. The Scenario: You have asked students to create and maintain a blog as part of their coursework. The blog will be a course-only access group blog which will be supervised by you and another lecturer on the course. The assignment is for each student to post to the blog at least once a week and to post at least two peer comments once a week. The blog is an extension of classroom and text learning. The main purpose for the class blog is to comment on course subject related news, developments, theories, concepts, practices, etc. A handful of students are excited at the prospect of blogging. They understand the relevance and require little encouragement to begin. There are also a handful of sceptics. They dont see the rationale for the assignment or they lack confidence with their writing and/or the technology. This group of students has a high level of resistance to the task. The majority of students are ambivalent. They may not understand the rationale ad they dont see the immediate benefit of blogging. Levels of resistance within this group is variable ranging from moderate levels of resistance to very high levels of resistance. You and your colleague need to intervene from the very beginning to ensure the best possible outcome for the assignment. You have decided to highlight the importance and relevance of transferable skills to be gained through the assignment.

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1. How would you get students to brainstorm the answers to the following questions? : How many times will most people in your field change jobs in their lifetime? (Frequently? Not very often? Rarely?) Can people in your field today get laid-off through no fault of their own? Is there job security today? Can continuing to learn new skills Not lead to more job security? What skills and experience are important in your field?

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2. How would you explain that because of all the factors given in Section 1, blogging is an important skill? How would you convince them that blogging could be an effective tool to help them attain their career goals?
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3. How would you get students to brainstorm the following points and apply them to blogging? :

Identifying what you are good at Determining how blogging skills and experience might relate to employability Determine how blogging can match their skills, etc., to existing jobs

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4. Depending on the needs and interest of the class, you can further break down the blogging process and ask students to decide which parts of the assignment they are most interested in learning about. This can guide you in how best to engage students with the curriculum. This could include: Self-exploration, which looks at: Skills Values Experience Interests Education Occupational Exploration, which looks at: Occupational/career profiles Informational interviews Labour market information

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5. How would you get your students to map blogging skills against their career goals?
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6. How would you get students to map blogging skills against employability factors?
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7. How would you address the same factors if the assignment was for students to create and maintain individual blogs?
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