JISC project AWC Students for Webinar Employability Skills - BETT 2013 V2

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This is a brief presentation which was given at the BETT exhibition 2013 about our JISC Advance project on teaching students how to run a webinar to increase their employability skills. 4 JISC Advance FE and Skills projects presented information at a workshop.

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  • 1. Students for Webinar EmploymentSkills Student4WebESEllen Lessnere-Learning CoordinatorEmma Procter-LeggProject Manager

2. Students for Webinar Employment SkillsStudents for Webinar Employment Skills is an evolutionary project for us whichI will describe briefly. But first, Id like to clarify what a webinar is. It is anonline session which can be used for meetings or teaching and is a platformwhich generally has the ability, along with video and audio, to displayinformation on a whiteboard, allow chat, application and web sharing andaudience response for 3-300 people depending on the platform. Recording thesession is a key feature of a good webinar platform.Why have I given you this definition? Our initial assessment of 256 Level 3students showed that only 6% of them could define what a webinar was! 3. Evolution of our recognition ofemployability skills for the 21st century 4. Evolution of our recognition of employability skills for the 21st century This presentation gave me the opportunity to reflect on our evolution into the digitalliteracy age, which includes making sure that our students have employability skillsfor the 21st century. We are a normal FE college with 5 sites and we offer a broadrange of courses SLDD, BTEC, Community Education, A level and Foundationdegrees. We have been influenced by the outcomes of the JISC Learner Experience Projectsfrom 2006-2010 (as well as the Demos report and the Google Gen report) whosefindings showed that many students used technology well but were dependent ontheir tutors and institutions to be shown how to use it appropriately in educationalsettings. These projects highlighted the importance of the student voice andexperience. We put in place an online Digital literacy induction for all new students 4 years ago,covering systems, plagiarism, Moodle, backing up your work, and other features wewanted to make explicit to new students. We learned not to assume that youngstudents knew more than we did about technology and how it would be used in thecollege. This was our thinking when we put together the application for this project. 5. Professional FuturesProgramme 6. Professional Futures ProgrammeThe vehicle for the project is the Professional Futures programme, now in its second year. It came outof cross college consultation and the recognition that we needed to be more creative in our approachto preparing students for employment in the 21st century.The Professional Futures Programme: Spans all levels of the F/T L3 curriculum with a Core (cross curricular) tutorial programmefocussing on personal development and employment skills. (e.g. Mind set, creativity, interpret apay slip, CV building, E&D in the workplace, how to sell yourself) Designed to foster enterprise and work-ready skills Live assignments and cross-curricular collaboration which reflects real-world, employer-drivendemands 7. Student4WebESWhat are our aims? 8. What are our aims? The rationale for this project was to recognise that todays students will need somedifferent skills to be fit for work in the 21st C. The aim of the project is to develop employability skills for L3 students in relation tousing video conferencing and webinars.1. Students are being trained to use a webinar platform (Blackboard Collaborate and Cisco WebEx) and how to set up to run a webinar.2. We are in the process of setting up 7-15 short 10-15 minute webinars with local employers around the theme of What does an employer want from an employee?3. In addition, we aim to produce: A student centred guide to running a webinar Recordings of employer webinars (with full consent from employer) for use by otherstudents Support a conference, run by theJISC RSC SE, on the theme of employability skillsusing video conferencing and webinars. 9. What have we done in 3months? 10. What have we done in 3 months? Initial assessment of general understanding of webinar and employability skills from 256 L3students across the college Recruited a Core student group who would have the initial webinar platform training onBlackboard Collaborate and run the employer webinars Students discussed and researched the importance of consent forms Intro to webinar tutorials Offered to all second year Professional Futures students inNovember and December (JISC RSE SE) Advanced webinar training completed by 8 students and 4 staff members in December2012. Contact with employers examples: Waitrose, Harwell Science and Technology, WennTownsend Accountancy Firm, Active Nation Vale of White Horse Leisure Centre, Morgan ColeSolicitors, Puma Hotel Lygon Arms Spa. 1 completed webinar 6 on schedule to be completed by the end of February256 questionnaires 93% couldnt define webinar 98% had broadband at home 77% had used Skype or straight video linking 98% had worked in the past 3 years paid/unpaid/volunteer 16% had had a telephone or video interview for a job 11. How are we doing it? 12. How are we doing it? Support from SMT and JISC RSC SE (excellent training and recording oftraining materials for reuse and support of the Steering group) Google Site keeping track of all activities and paperwork Blog maintained by Emma and with views from nearly 800 people in a numberof countries. Twitter feed Project Manager and Leader FE doesnt do a lot of research so might notknow how important it is to have the right number of people looking after aproject. Support from Professional Futures Team taken up training and support therunning of the Core programme Enthusiasm of Core student group attending meetings and learning with us!To find our Google site and blog, search for Students4Webes 13. Student webinar skills = employability 14. Student Webinar Skills = Employability Sometimes simple ideas work well. We hope that we candemonstrate what a professionally valuable skill running a webinaris in the 21st century from interviews skills through to workmeetings and in all levels of education. (Exam boards are now usingwebinars instead of asking staff to travel long distances for a daystraining). Employment skills gained/reinforced through working on the project;reliability, time management, team work, cascade learning andcontact with a range of employers. 15. Just at this moment 16. Just at this moment (1 February 2013) We are learning quite a lot about running a project and being realistic. For example,in retrospect it should have been a year long project. A 6 month project means a veryshort time schedule and we perhaps didnt realise how long it would take to attract acore group and get going with our plans! Timetabling meetings Much harder to do in college than perhaps in HE? Studentshave to catch busses home and have (heavy) work/study commitments. Remember,98% of our students appear to be working. We are now delivering the Introduction to webinars to first year Professional Futuresstudents on 2 campuses. We have bought a one year license for Cisco WebEx as well as the training and useof Blackboard Collaborate for project webinars. More webinar moderator training for staff and other students (to be done by the Corestudent group) Pulling it all together: find out how weve done and look for information in lateFebruary for the JISC Advance RSC SE Employability Conference 22 April at ourWitney campus 17. ellen.lessner@ abingdon-witney.ac.uk