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ERIC Number: EJ868509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Engaging Employers in Assessment
Brown, Gary; DesRosier, Theron; Peterson, Nils; Chida, Meriem; Lagier, Randy
About Campus, v14 n5 p5-14 Nov-Dec 2009
In this article, the authors describe a pilot project in which formative feedback from industry professionals creates a genuine learning experience for students. Industry is giving feedback to higher education that many graduates are not employable or that they need substantial postcollegiate on-the-job training. Higher education is struggling to identify criteria by which to ensure that graduates contribute to society. In these two conversations, industry wants employability without unpacking that into criteria. Higher education has developed criteria, such as tests and rubrics, without evidence that such measures correspond with success beyond college. At Washington State University (WSU), a field experiment and pilot project explored the proposition that a community of students, educators, and industry professionals providing feedback based on explicit criteria will improve learning outcomes in ways that meet accreditation guidelines "and" align with professional employability. Further, the project examined how such a community of practice collects and shares data to inform their conversation and help to demystify expectations and criteria for all stakeholders. Working with a design team from WSU's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, a faculty member from the university's Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles Department interested in promoting authentic learning opportunities enlisted her professional colleagues in industry to join in the project and the study. Findings from this work have implications for educators and learners in and outside formal classroom settings and for a broad range of constituents in and outside the academy. These findings have much to say to those educating for, working in, or preparing to work in settings far beyond apparel, merchandising, design, and textiles. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington