Speaking in the online session, CEO and Head of Learning at EtonX, Catherine Whitaker, suggested that tailoring the skill base students need to access higher education programs will require some work. reforms of the examination system.
“When schools are still directing people to a knowledge-based test at the end of the year, it is evident that a lot of the wonderful things that we [are] talk, don’t always happen because that’s not how they’re judged, ”she said.
“The work to reinvent evaluation is for me the biggest element here, because when you free up schools to think more broadly and be more creative, then I think you can more easily introduce the kind of programs that lead. to what universities and employers are. looking for.”
Head of Learning Development at King’s College London in the UK, Eleanor Parker said the ‘service training’ offered by the institution focuses on ‘how we engage with the program and students in general ”. And cultural competence is the key, she added.
“Regardless of some of these other academic literacies, I think giving students the skills to critically yet positively and respectfully engage with one another is really important to their learning experience and their wider educational experience. Parker said.
Director of International Recruitment, Americas, Middle East & Africa at the University of British Columbia in Canada, Jake Howard, detailed UBC’s Global Leadership Program for 15-18 year olds.
“Our program started out as a summer program only, so it was two weeks long and had three different sessions… with different themes or streams,” she said.
“The idea is really to give them a taste of what the life of a UBC student would be like during those two weeks. They live on campus, all classes are taught by our teachers, they have access to all of our facilities… but also develop these skills outside academics, like being away from home for the first time, being independent.
“They are put into groups to work together on a wrap-up project and need to navigate that group work to a higher level,” she said.
“We really see a benefit for a summer program, not necessarily that a world leader from UBC comes back to UBC for an undergraduate degree, but it really prepares them for any university or college afterwards. . “
Pam Turnbull, Director of Teaching and Learning at Rosedale International Education in Canada, said that as a partnership-based organization, Rosedale asked students to “think outside the box” when designing of his study program.
“We wanted to go beyond these paths to see what else we can do”
“Usually what often happens is that K-12 schools partner with a university for some type of pathway program, but we wanted to go beyond those paths to see what we were doing. can do more, ”she said.
A major project with the Vancouver Film School saw the partners co-develop high school media arts courses to be able to offer classes around the world, both ending up owning the intellectual property in the program.
“In other areas we reached out to universities to ask if we can learn from them, for example with the University of Waterloo outreach program from the math department, they came and held a session. professional development for our teachers and curriculum designers to help us understand what they are doing around higher order thinking in their math curriculum, around real world problem solving and what we do can learn from them.
“We [want to] share all this information and great research that [they] make and lower the level up to high school so that these students can be better prepared.