Employability – Using Creativity and Design Activities to Enhance Students’ Focus on Value Creation

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Employability within a teaching context What did you intend the students to learn from this teaching and learning activity? Which generic features of the teaching and learning activity, would you share at TAL2019? According to you and the students, what was the impact of the teaching and learning activity on student learning/engagement? The paper is based on insight from a workshop. As it is hard to measure employability (Harvey, 2001), it is hard for us to measure the effect. However, the activity seemed both challenging and new to the students. Employability is described as ‘employability skills’ (Harvey, 2001, Cole & Tibby, 2013) and one of these skills is ‘to create value’ (karriere.aau.dk), we argue, we need to introduce and continuously train this activity. Additionally, this activity helps the student to see and develop new perspectives to their future job and it can also help reveal or create an underlying purpose in their practise (Pink, 2011, Sinek, 2009). Another, important perspective is that in every type of innovation, our values and mental models play a central role (Senge, 1999). Generally, our brains work against embracing new concepts (Schwartz, 2012). As some students expressed strong barriers to working creatively, we researched the jstudents’ perception of central notions as ‘journalism’, ‘creativity’ and ‘design activities’: Journalism was defined as ‘a serious activity’, whereas ‘creativity’ was considered to be ‘fun, cosy, non-serious’ etc. Thus, their mental models repre- sent a barrier to new types of learning activities, despite these learning activities were valuable to them. In a newer concept about ‘life design’, Evans & Burnett point out, people are dominated by ‘old’ and ‘dysfunctional beliefs’ (Evans & Burnett, 2016). How could your practice be inspirational/transferable to other teachers, students, institutions... We consider this to be relevant activity for several institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date14 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2019
EventTAL 2019 - Teaching for Active Learning - Syddansk Universitet (Odense), Odense, Denmark
Duration: 14 Oct 2019 → …


ConferenceTAL 2019 - Teaching for Active Learning
LocationSyddansk Universitet (Odense)
Period14/10/19 → …
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  • learning, educational science and teaching
  • design activities
  • dominant values
  • employability
  • purpose
  • value creation

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