Welcome to “Collaborate”, an ambitious 2 year JISC funded project, run by the Education Enhancement division at the University of Exeter, which aims to introduce new generation assignments based around real-world and scenario based activities designed collaboratively by programme teams, students and employers.
Why “Collaborate”? It’s all down to that combination of programme teams, students and employers. Although collaboration internally at Exeter between programme teams and students has been going on for many years, and indeed has been responsible for some wonderful successes (for example in our recent Students as Change Agents project), the key inclusion of employers into this collaborative mix is something new. This inclusion is a direct result of the concerns being raised, both locally and nationally, about possible mis-matches between what employers expect from new graduates, and what graduates themselves expect when they turn up for work on day one of their post formal educational life.
Who is involved in Collaborate?
Well, obviously, lots of people! That’s kind of the point. But the core team is Liz Dunne, Rich Osborne and Stuart Redhead as project director, manager and officer respectively. They form the hub of Collaborate, and are the key contacts should you want to discuss how you can become involved further.
What will Collaborate do?
After an initial period of baselining, looking at how assessments may or may not already be including employability and/or ICTs in innovative ways, we will be working with all Colleges at the University of Exeter to explore modules which may be candidates for possible re-design. These re-designs will be the key collaborative work, bringing in employers to work with programme teams and students, and exploring how both existing ICTs and emerging new technologies might be harnessed to enhance the employability aspects of module assessments.
We’re all pretty enthused with what me might be able to achieve with this project, and although it’s early days have already had some very rich encounters with both students and staff, exposing various avenues where we can see how Collaborate could enhance current practice. If we’ve already sparked your interested, please don’t hesitate to to explore how you might be involved more, in the meantime please watch out for our next blog post coming soon … we have some great videos on their way.