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A Road to Success – Preparing students for an unknown career future

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Flinders University Hub, SA 5000

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A common request coming from students is for more experiential learning, practical work, and industry-related skills. Designing programs to improve the student experience and enhance long term student outcomes whilst improving employability outcomes however, continues to be a challenge. Exposing students to real-life problems clearly supports the acquisition and enhancement of critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for the work place. Designing authentic activities that are not highly-guided, verification-type experiences, with well-defined end-points can cause fear amongst many educators. Providing professional development for staff to revamp teaching approaches that include time for problem solving is essential and can have a strong positive impact on student learning. Authentic learning experiences need to start at the first year level and continue throughout degree programs, ideally with opportunities to conduct research, to work with industry, and to gain invaluable international experience.

The ultimate road to success for preparing students for an unknown career future is to progress beyond the passive application of pre-learned and practiced methods to a more adaptive and creative approach in which students take ownership of their own learning.

Join Professor Karen Burke Da Silva, Dean (Education) College of Science and Engineering and 2016 Australian University Teacher of the Year for this compelling talk.

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