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Industry needs study

Start a conversation with Industry about their future needs and allow it to influence curriculum development

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

Designed for curriculum developers and teachers, to help inform the re-imagination of curriculum and learning delivery for future learning that is aligned to industry needs.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

What's the best way to start the conversation with industry?

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Try to partner with an industry organization to conduct a future needs study?

Tell us about your work experience:

I've worked in strategic planning and development for more than 15 years across industries, sectors and business functions.

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Photo of Andrea Zelenak
Team

Hi Marco!
I started a thread on Company Sponsored Colleges (Build on this idea) that might have some interesting comments to read in addition to Bringing higher education to work places; Turn working centers in to small universities ...

I think your idea is great and I'm curious to see how these connections can be formed!

Photo of Isaac Jumba
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Your Idea is Simple, yet really solving a big challenge - the future jobs.

I was just wondering, is there a solution where the educators/curiculum developers/teachers can intern with such industry leaders, the same way students do or perhaps in a different manner, so they can have a better feel of what they should develop? This could be in addition to the conversations and design workshops on the future job needs. Just a thought

Photo of Marco Angelo Rasos
Team

I love your idea Isaac! I've sat through curriculum development sessions for months recently and an internship exposure would definitely help curriculum developers and their outputs.

Photo of Kate Rushton
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Hi Marco,

Great to have you on board.

I actually spend this summer working the HR department of a growing company and they were really struggling to recruit graduate developers and interns with the right skillset. They were very open to dialogue with Universities. I am wondering if the HR department could be an avenue because they usually know current and expected future vacancies.

Another way could be to ask companies to critique/improve existing curriculum - available via Open Syllabus Project 

I am also wondering if there is a connection to this idea - S2T2S O2O2O2O - could there be a company representative in the dialogue between students and lecturers?

Photo of Kate Rushton
Team

Is there any chance you could find an image to go along with your post? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

Photo of Marco Angelo Rasos
Team

Hi Kate, let me try to find an image

Photo of Marco Angelo Rasos
Team

Hi Kate, I have seen the same openness of HR for dialogue, take you for confirming that. I was thinking of a paper survey for the study, but with the comments of Leah Edwards and Dan Ryan this study should take a more qualitative and conversational approach.

Photo of Dan Ryan
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This would be especially useful if it were not specific needs (like we need people who know technology X), but rather an identification of what skills, habits of mind, styles of thinking, etc. they find distinguishes the employees they especially value. Help universities to understand this not in terms of "we need 30% more java coders than we are currently producing," but instead something more like "sometimes you send us people who really know how to listen and synthesize ideas - can you do more of that?"

Photo of Marco Angelo Rasos
Team

This is very insightful Dan. You are very right! I have started thinking about skills but habits of mind and thinking styles would definitely sharpen the inquiry and refine curriculum development.

Photo of Leah Edwards
Team

I love this idea. Since many companies encourage employees to volunteer, perhaps there could be a program to have volunteers interview other people in their companies to talk about anticipated needs. (And there are often near-term talent gaps.)

I also feel that the in-house volunteers could help describe the needs in more laymans terms that students and career advisors could understand as well as specialized faculty and curriculum planners.

Photo of Kate Rushton
Team

Thank you for coming back to the challenge and giving feedback on the posted ideas. We really appreciate it.

Photo of Marco Angelo Rasos
Team

I love this idea about in-house volunteers! It will definitely enrich the study