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					Embedding Generic Skills in
College Programs

   A Pilot Project, with

   Digital Arts for Musicians Program
   (2 year program – Kingston Campus)




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Agenda

  Introductions
  Project parameters (Darlene)
  ‘Essential skills’ description (Maria)
  Process followed (Darlene)
  Centre for Education & Work tools (Maria)
  Model for replication (Darlene)




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What are:


              Generic skills?

              Essential skills?

            Employability skills?




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Why focus on Generic Skills now?
    Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities

    St. Lawrence College

    Employer demand

    Student success skill gaps

    Tools to assist the process now available
     (i.e., Centre for Education & Work)




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The Task

    Create a transferable model to embed
   generic/essential skill development in St.
   Lawrence College’s academic programs




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The Project Parameters
    Use one program as pilot

    Involve & engage all stakeholders
     (faculty, students, Associate Dean, graduates,
     Advisory Committee, employers)


    Obtain feedback from all stakeholders




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The Project Parameters (Cont.)


    Design program-relevant new curriculum
     and methodology

    Create a model for replication in other
     college programs




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The Project’s “Home”
                St. Lawrence College
                Development Centre
             www.learningatthecentre.com

                 Much appreciation to:
    Danielle Van Dreunen, Coordinator, Development Centre

 Nicole Wannamaker, Winter Semester Centre Placement Student

             Cory Davis, Centre Summer Student




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Why Digital Arts for Musicians?
   New, unique program, emerging career niche

   Growing pains

   Commitment to excellence
       faculty
       Associate Dean
       college (new recording studio for Fall 2008)




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Introducing
               Maria Gill
             Associate Director
    Centre for Education and Work
           University of Winnipeg
                www.cewca.org




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How we did it

   Interviews – Identify issues & opportunities
       Program Coordinator
       Associate Dean


   Review course outlines - generic skill terms

   Create program skills map



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How we did it (Cont.)
    Create “Student Job Description”

    Test validity of map and job description
        1st & 2nd year student focus groups
        graduates
        faculty
        employers
        Advisory Committee




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How we did it (Cont.)

    Create “Entry-level Job Description”

    Decide ES curriculum unit placement
        Effective Communications – 2nd semester
         (or Career Development course)
        Engage professor of course in process
        Ensure continuity of professor



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Final Steps
    Develop curriculum units and resource links
     (in process)
    Prepare report of findings, including curriculum
     (June 2008)
    Implement (2008/09 academic year)
    Evaluate – identify “lessons learned” (May 2009)
    Revise plan & process (June 2009)




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How to replicate for your program


 Step 1

 Start with “what is now”
      review course outlines to find generic skill usage
      identify program issues & opportunities




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How to replicate…


Step 2

Develop a program skills map
     whole program on 1 page
     key generic & technical skills




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How to replicate…
Step 3
Validate skills map
   Student Focus Group(s)
   Graduates

   Faculty

   Advisory Committee/Employers

   Associate Dean




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How to replicate…
Step 4
   Ask graduating students to complete
    “Student Job Description”


Step 5
   Create “Entry-level career job description”




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How to replicate…
Step 6
 Decide which course to insert ES curriculum
 Engage the professor


Step 7
   Implement

Step 8
   Evaluate




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How to replicate…
Step 9
   Report findings
       Associate Dean
       Advisory Committee



Step 10
   Revise objectives & approaches as appropriate




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