There is an increasing expectation that higher education ought to prepare graduates for the workplace (BIS, 2015). However, more than half of employers cite a lack of soft skills, particularly team work and communication, as a prime reason for a lack of preparedness for employment (BCC, 2016). Skill development can be integrated into a number of curriculum activities and aligning this with assessment can ensure that students get feedback on aptitude and ability. Collaborative assignments can enable the acquisition of these indemand transferable skills (O'Shea & Fawns, 2017) however, these forms of assessment are not favoured by students (Machemer & Crawford, 2007) who instead prefer written coursework (Bartram & Bailey, 2010). Academics' learning activity choices may now be driven by the increased emphasis being placed on student satisfaction (Bevitt, 2015) thus limiting the range of soft skill development that students gain feedback on. This paper specifically explores staff experiences of engaging students in assessed group work and how the emerging narrative exposes the disparate views of students and employers regarding graduate skill sets.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Jun 2018|
|Event||15th Enhancement Conference: Evaluation, Evidence & Enhancement: Inspiring Staff & Students - Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom|
Duration: 7 Jun 2018 → 7 Jun 2018
|Conference||15th Enhancement Conference|
|Period||7/06/18 → 7/06/18|