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Multidisciplinary pairing: a win-win
employability enhancing teaching
experience.
Claire Howell 2nd April 2014
Employability: definition one.
A set of:
• achievements
• skills
• understandings and
• personal attributes
that makes gra...
Employability: definition two
Employability is more than about developing attributes,
techniques or experience just to ena...
How can we do this?
How can we best
integrate and
balance different
ways of teaching
and learning that
promote both
effect...
Real world activities
I am
educating my
students for
jobs that do
not yet exist
What is the approach?
Each law student is
paired with an
engineering student.
LLB students tasked with
identifying any IPR...
LLB Coursework
50% of the marks
for the module
a) submit an
individual advice
letter [800 words ]
addressed to their
engin...
Who is involved?
Second year LLB
undergraduate Law
and Management
students.
Msc Engineering
and Design
students
The learning aims and objectives.
Law students
A deep learning experience.
They gain practice in
• Fact finding
• Advice w...
Aim for the engineers
It shows the students
how in Industry they
will be expected to
understand the
• Importance of early ...
Objectives
For the academic
• Both sides win.
• It cost little in the
academics time.
• No preparation of an
innovative ca...
How we do it at Aston
First term
• Law students learn about the different IP rights.
Second
term
• Masterclass
• Meet with...
This was serious
Confidentiality
agreement.
There might be a
REAL invention!
The pairing
The students
swap e-mail
addresses
At that point
I loose
control
My role
Tutorial slot
every week
I was
available via
e-mail
Virtual
leaning
resource
[Blackboard,]
Outcome for engineers
In some cases IP
knowledge has changed
the direction of the
project of the engineer.
With IP knowled...
Outcome for engineers-employability
They are ready and able to
contribute to future economic
growth with knowledge, skills...
Outcome for law students-employability
Self -management
Communication and literacy
application of literacy, ability to pro...
Preparation-the right academic
Enthusiastic
engineering
lecturer
Understands the
importance of
• obtaining IP
• retaining ...
Preparation- the right students
Phd students ??
• Time -not committed
to a timetable
• Reluctant to pause
before publishing
Preparation-timing
Timing-the most
difficult thing to
dovetail.
Msc project was
in the third
semester
Msc project may
stil...
What went wrong?
Can’t guarantee the
quality of either
advisor or client
Some clients or advisors
let partner down by not
...
What went right?
They
love it
• Practical and
relevant
knowledge.
• Deep and
practical learning
of professional
skills thr...
Learning by doing
Most studies suggest that ‘active learning by doing’ is
what works in relation to many employability ski...
The outcome
Deeper and practical
learning of professional
skills through a real
project
Increased level of enquiry-
based ...
Conclusion
Experience of working in multi-disciplinary
teams on realistic projects. The lawyers are
learning to talk to en...
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Multidisciplinary pairing: a win-win employability enhancing teaching experience - Claire Howell

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Presentation at the HEA-funded workshop 'New approaches to business and management students’ experiential development for the workplace'.

The Centre of Higher Education in Learning & Management of Aston Business School, Aston University, will be hosting an all-day workshop on simulation and gaming as a teaching tool in the Social Sciences. In addition, the workshop will also debate the topical issue of student placements. The overall theme and focus of the workshop will be: how can simulations and games, and industry placements or internships most effectively be employed to enhance the student learning experience and effectively prepare students for the workplace?

This presentation is part of a related blog post that provides an overview of the event:

For further details of the HEA's work on active and experiential learning in the Social Sciences, please see: http://bit.ly/17NwgKX

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Multidisciplinary pairing: a win-win employability enhancing teaching experience - Claire Howell

  1. 1. Multidisciplinary pairing: a win-win employability enhancing teaching experience. Claire Howell 2nd April 2014
  2. 2. Employability: definition one. A set of: • achievements • skills • understandings and • personal attributes that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy. • (ESECT based on Yorke 2006)
  3. 3. Employability: definition two Employability is more than about developing attributes, techniques or experience just to enable a student to get a job, or to progress within a current career. It is about learning and the emphasis is less on ‘employ’ and more on ‘ability’. In essence, the emphasis is on developing critical, reflective abilities, with a view to empowering and enhancing the learner. • (Harvey 2003)
  4. 4. How can we do this? How can we best integrate and balance different ways of teaching and learning that promote both effective learning and employability for students? How can we encourage students to become confident learners and individuals capable of making a full contribution to society? Pedagogy for employability 2012
  5. 5. Real world activities I am educating my students for jobs that do not yet exist
  6. 6. What is the approach? Each law student is paired with an engineering student. LLB students tasked with identifying any IPR that the engineering students had in their live Msc projects.
  7. 7. LLB Coursework 50% of the marks for the module a) submit an individual advice letter [800 words ] addressed to their engineering student based on interviews conducted concerning their project work . b) a legally argued analysis of the IP issues of the project. 1,700 words.
  8. 8. Who is involved? Second year LLB undergraduate Law and Management students. Msc Engineering and Design students
  9. 9. The learning aims and objectives. Law students A deep learning experience. They gain practice in • Fact finding • Advice writing • Interpersonal skills used in the interview procedure. • They have complete ownership of their work and undertake research in a live context.
  10. 10. Aim for the engineers It shows the students how in Industry they will be expected to understand the • Importance of early IP protection. • Have an awareness of the strategic value in: • income generation • market advantage.
  11. 11. Objectives For the academic • Both sides win. • It cost little in the academics time. • No preparation of an innovative case study. • Little need to motivate the students as they motivate themselves.
  12. 12. How we do it at Aston First term • Law students learn about the different IP rights. Second term • Masterclass • Meet with a Patent Attorney and member of the BPU • the function of the BPU • what they should do if a registrable idea was discovered. • the procedures the office would undertake with any innovation.
  13. 13. This was serious Confidentiality agreement. There might be a REAL invention!
  14. 14. The pairing The students swap e-mail addresses At that point I loose control
  15. 15. My role Tutorial slot every week I was available via e-mail Virtual leaning resource [Blackboard,]
  16. 16. Outcome for engineers In some cases IP knowledge has changed the direction of the project of the engineer. With IP knowledge they recognised a slightly different approach could result in something new.
  17. 17. Outcome for engineers-employability They are ready and able to contribute to future economic growth with knowledge, skills and creativity in new business environments. They have acquired knowledge, skills and attributes to support continued learning and career development. Pedagogy for employability 2012
  18. 18. Outcome for law students-employability Self -management Communication and literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy – including listening and questioning. Business and customer awareness the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty. Problem solving analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.
  19. 19. Preparation-the right academic Enthusiastic engineering lecturer Understands the importance of • obtaining IP • retaining IP • exploiting IP
  20. 20. Preparation- the right students Phd students ?? • Time -not committed to a timetable • Reluctant to pause before publishing
  21. 21. Preparation-timing Timing-the most difficult thing to dovetail. Msc project was in the third semester Msc project may still be a vague idea
  22. 22. What went wrong? Can’t guarantee the quality of either advisor or client Some clients or advisors let partner down by not making contact or even appearing
  23. 23. What went right? They love it • Practical and relevant knowledge. • Deep and practical learning of professional skills through a real project. • High and enthusiastic participation leading to better marks.
  24. 24. Learning by doing Most studies suggest that ‘active learning by doing’ is what works in relation to many employability skills, particularly for communication, working with others, time and personal management and problem solving. This method allows students to work in interdisciplinary teams and to integrate their learning experiences across levels and subjects of study. Pedagogy for employability 2012
  25. 25. The outcome Deeper and practical learning of professional skills through a real project Increased level of enquiry- based learning Higher, more enthusiastic participation leading to better marks. Benefit to industry as engineering graduates will have practical and relevant knowledge about how to integrate their work within the business enterprise Reduced cost of training. Increased levels of employability.
  26. 26. Conclusion Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams on realistic projects. The lawyers are learning to talk to engineers and the engineers are learning to talk to lawyers. Any course must stimulate and motivate the students and I think this method of live teaching does.

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