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Students find it difficult to explain what skills they need and have

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What did you intend the students to learn from this teaching and learning activity?
The objectives were
x to facilitate the students of sports and design to gain insights on the expectations by prospective
employers at the public and private organizations
x to understand the importance of articulately present the knowledge, skills and competencies
gained through authentic learning experiences
x to find the motivation to look beyond the scope of the course to define the desired outcomes as
employability skills and not the exam scores only
Which generic features of the teaching and learning activity, would you share at TAL2019?
We conducted interviews with the course projects’ contacts/prospective employers regarding their expectations
of our graduates. Narratives were prepared and verified with the interviewees.
Main findings in the narratives were that we recognized that the employers expected hard skills but the
main focus in hiring a newly graduated, employees highly valued soft skill. Especially initiative, humbleness,
collaboration and communication, flexibility, independence and they should have abelites listen to more
experienced colleagues. We shall share the narratives made in Danish and English.
The students were facilitated to write notes on the key skills and competencies that they should emphasize
during the study and communicated during job application, interview and professional profile creation.
We shall share students’ reflections after reading the ‘(prospective) employers’ narratives on expectations
from sports and health program’s graduates.
According to you and the students, what was the impact of the teaching and learning activity on student
learning/engagement?
Some of the students’ found it difficult to navigate in combining skills beyond the course, the presented
materials of the course, and previous experience.
Students were able to emphasize the importance of developing evident skill and competencies, to attain a
certain level of employability.
A group of three students wrote: “The stories chosen for this were also good, but relevance to the rest of
the subject was not timely. Why should it be in this course? It was exciting to hear about what employers are looking for in applicants. It may be more about personality concerning the position, rather than what
skills one can gain in or after education.”
How could your practice be inspirational/transferable to other teachers, students, institutions?
The narratives and facilitation workshop were made for a graduate course and now we are using it in some
of the courses at the undergraduate level.
We identified that similar narratives should also be made based on successful entrepreneurs and academic
professionals that are alumni of the study program.
A 30-min session can be allocated for plenum discussion in each course and narratives can be sent out in
advance for reading before the session.

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Students find it difficult to explain what skills they need and have

  1. 1. sdu.dk#sdudk November 2019 Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics Students find it difficult to explain what skills they need and have – why?  Md Saifuddin Khalid, & Lars Elbæk  Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics  University of Southern Denmark  skhalid@health.sdu.dk (professorkhalid@gmail.com), lelbaek@health.sdu.dk
  2. 2. Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics sdu.dk#sdudk November 2019 21st century employability skills Authentic learning enhances motivation for desired knowledge and skills How: internships allowing part-time job opportunities paid work ‘placement’ before graduation goal-oriented and value-driven projects and case studies
  3. 3. Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics sdu.dk#sdudk November 2019 Objectives of teaching employability in Sport & Design to find the motivation to look beyond the scope of the course to gain insights on the expectations by prospective employers to understand and articulately present the knowledge, skills, and competencies
  4. 4. sdu.dk#sdudk November 2019 Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics Aiming at a job Facilitating learning Seeking value creators TheTeaching-EmployabilityContext Student Teacher EmployerStudent Teacher Employer How do students know what knowledge and skills to gain?
  5. 5. Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics sdu.dk#sdudk Methods Expected hard skills and professionalism – but expected as a distinct matter after graduation – respectable marks are valued The Main focus in hiring a newly graduated:  employees highly valued soft skill  especially initiative, humbleness, collaboration and communication, flexibility, independence  graduates should have abelites listen to more experienced colleagues Interview with prospective employers Narratives was created Findings
  6. 6. sdu.dk#sdudk November 2019 Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics Opinions on impact of the teaching and learning activity It is difficult to navigate in combining skills beyond the course, the presented materials, and previous experience Students were able to emphasize the importance of developing skill and competencies “The stories chosen for this were also good, but relevance to the rest of the subject was not timely. Why should it be in this course?” “It was exciting to hear about what employers are looking for in applicants. It may be more about personality concerning the position, rather than what skills one can gain in or after education.”
  7. 7. sdu.dk#sdudk November 2019 Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics Inspirational or transferable impact to other teachers, students, courses or institutions  we are using the material in some of the courses at the undergraduate level  similar narratives should be made of alumni entrepreneurs and academics of the study program  In each course, we can allocate brief time for plenum discussion of the employer narratives that have been sent out in advance
  8. 8. sdu.dk#sdudk November 2019 Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics Workshop time Please read one of the narratives and consider how you may use the insights in your courses Discuss with your peer neighbour Note your thoughts in the link below Plenum – share ideas!  https://qrgo.page.link/CcXKn
  9. 9. sdu.dk#sdudk November 2019 Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics Lars Elbæk Rene Engelhardt Hansen Md. Saifuddin Khalid Thomas Bernhard Kjærgaard Thanksforyourattention Khalid, Md Saifuddin, and Lars Elbæk. ‘Students Find It Difficult to Explain What Skills They Need and Have’. In Conference Teaching for Active Learning: Practical Information Programme Abstracts for Short Communications, Posters and Work-Shops, 59–60. Odense, Denmark, 2019. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337260582_Students_find_it_difficult_to_explain_what_skills_they_need_and_have.

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