Developing a Learner Capability Framework
This project from Otago Polytechnic aims to create a method for learners to gain evidence of their transferable, employment-ready capabilities alongside their academic qualifications.
This project considers the following question: How can New Zealand teaching institutions equip learners to be more employment-ready for the fast-changing world of future work?
The project will create a system to enable learners in any discipline and at all levels to show evidence of their transferable capabilities, in addition to their academic transcript.
The team will work in close connection with the world of employment, via Business NZ's industry network survey and through interviews, focus groups, and teaching and workplace observations.
This project will focus on Action Research, including Ethnographic Research.
Teams of lecturers will conduct semi-structured interviews with employers, students, staff and recent alumni from a wide range of disciplinary and employment settings, to gauge priorities regarding the existing Learner Capabilities Framework. The interviews will be recorded and transcribed, and the data will be coded and analysed.
Findings will then be tested through with focus groups and adapted for implementation in an online tool which will assist students to build their own capability profile on an ongoing basis, even after completing their studies.