Teaching Matters 2020 | Presentation Details | 2 December 20202 Dec 2020
Work Ready Toolkit: Developing job-seeking skills and promoting community involvement
- Ana Lobo, Experiential Education, University College*
- Andrea Carr, Executive Team, University College
- Netty Gibson, Executive Team, University College*
- Cherie Hawkins, Experiential Education, University College
University College provide a range of courses, in various formats, across multiple disciplines. In addition, we have a strong focus on accessibility and pathways; and widening participation in Higher Education, especially for non-traditional cohorts. Over the past 2 months, we have developed and are delivering a new high impact program to help all Tasmanians navigate employment challenges arising from COVID-19. This fully online program is called, ‘The Work Ready Toolkit’, and has high impact and engaging activities embedded throughout. It focuses on developing foundational workplace knowledge, skills and attributes, particularly those sought by industry. In addition, it enables students to study topics including motivation, diversity, working in teams, networking, communication, and professional development; and provides opportunities including how to write a resume and cover letter, and how to prepare for an interview. Not only is the Work Ready Toolkit helping students to develop their job seeking skills, it is also promoting community involvement and 'togetherness' at a time when people are likely to be feeling isolated, or disconnected. This presentation provides insights into this fully online interactive course that incorporates weekly introduction videos to students, and frequently promotes discussion and peer learning through Padlet boards and other digital platforms. It discusses how feedback and frequently asked questions sites were utilised, and how high levels of individual support was provided despite the online nature of the unit. The presentation showcases ways to conduct innovative, interactive, and engaging experiences in a virtual environment; and opportunities for future teaching.