Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Toward a Future-Ready Talent Framework for Co-operative and Work-Integrated Learning
Norah McRae, Dana Church, Jennifer M. Woodside, David Drewery, Anne Fannon, Judene Pretti

Last modified: 25-06-2019


Co-operative education and work-integrated learning (WIL) are powerful means to prepare post-secondary students for the VUCA world: a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Co-op and WIL programs expose students to the workplace which, among other things, allows students to learn about the contexts and challenges facing their employers. This contributes to the development of an “adaptive resilience” that is so crucial for coping with VUCA and the future of work and learning. Still, existing co-op and WIL programs can do more. We developed a Future-Ready Talent Framework that provides educators with explicit learning outcomes, gives students clear expectations, and equips organizations with a common language with which to interact with post-secondary institutions, educators, and students. Our Framework is comprised of four different skill sets: Discipline and Context Specific Skills, Develop Self, Build Relationships, and Create Solutions. Each of the four skill sets includes three distinct skills. Although it is a work in progress, our Framework can serve as the basis for improved curriculum, communication, and evaluation, and can serve as a tool for students to develop the confidence and know-how to face the future of work and learning.

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