This week Collaborate attended the Academic Practice and Technology (APT) Conference: Employer Engagement in a Digital Age, the tenth annual e-learning and technology conference at the University of Greenwich. Billed to provide an opportunity to debate and explore the issues surrounding employer engagement with higher education in a changing and evolving digital world. The conference, which is sponsored by the Higher Education Academy, was a forum where policy, practice and strategic developments could be explored, discussed and shared by practitioners.
In many of our interviews with various stakeholders we have found that many of the skills or attributes that we are trying to equip our graduates with are linked to entrepreneurship. At the conference the message was no different. The keynote from Marcus Orlovsky, Director of Bryanston Square asked an important question. Are Universities producing graduates who want to be employable or are we producing graduates who are able to generate an income. In todays job market, it’s a sensible question to ask. It followed several points highlighting the capabilities of students beyond the ability to write an academic essay. The way in which students study and learn is changing fast, we need to ensure that the way in which we assess them keeps pace with their needs.