Shields - Smoothing the path from undergraduate to employee: MMU Library’s contribution to study skills & employability online resources (teachmeet abstract)

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Shields - Smoothing the path from undergraduate to employee: MMU Library’s contribution to study skills & employability online resources (teachmeet abstract)

  1. 1. Smoothing the path from undergraduate to employee: MMU Library’s contribution to study skills & employability online resourcesEmily Shields, Manchester Metropolitan University, e.shields@mmu.ac.ukEmployability Online (EO) and Skills online (SO) are VLE courses at MMU created toproduce engaging and interactive modules from which students can pick and mix asneeded. SO consists of a number of modules exploring study skills whilst EO looks athow these study skills, such as writing, numeracy and information literacy can betaken a step further and used within the workplace.These courses are MMU-wide collaborative initiatives, bringing together a range ofdepartments and expertise from across the institution. The library’s involvement withSkills Online was a collaborative partnership between InfoSkills (MMU’s IL brand)and the Faculty Student Support Officers. This then led to the library being invited towork on the Employability Online resources, working with partners from all over theuniversity such as the Careers Service, Learner Development, Research Enterpriseand Development as well as individual academics with subject specialisms.Information Literacy and digital literacy are often seen as academic skills, mainly ofuse whilst studying, but involvement in this project has provided an opportunity toshow its importance and applicability in the workplace. Perhaps as importantly, theseprojects have also been an opportunity for library staff to showcase skills andknowledge and promote these to other staff within MMU, as well as to students.Participation in the Teachmeet will allow for a demonstration of the two products,discussion of the rationale to the projects and the library’s involvement in more detail,and consideration of the benefits of future potential collaborative work.

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