Collaborative learning and employability in higher education

Our project is based on a case-study, where we investigate collaborative learning initiatives at SDU Slagelse and combine it with the principles of employability set out by the Faculty of Humanities, SDU.
 
We explore the concept from a practice perspective through a variety of ethnographic inspired methods. Our data will involve observation, meetings, interviews with students, teachers, local government and organizational actors, documents such as evaluations, study programs, curriculum and policy documents.
 
The ‘Slagelse initiative’ builds on a ‘triple helix’ approach which is based on close interaction between SDU, local businesses and local government (Slagelse Kommune). The purpose of the initiative is to create sustainable growth in the region of Zealand and to strengthen learning and employability through collaboration (UN goals 4, 8 and 11).
 
We follow a number of key activities, such as for instance the Study Start project, where we follow 400 new students in two days as they work with a case from Slagelse Musikhus. Also, we follow students participating in Uddannelsernes Fælles Case (UFC), coordinated by the municipality of Slagelse and designed in collaboration with a local company. The case centers around sustainable development.
 
Impact of the project
The project is in progress, and data analysis is still pending.
 
The project will be presented at TAL2019 in Odense, and at Arbejdslivskonferanse in Trondheim in  Norway.
 
The first publication is envisioned for Dansk Pædagogisk Tidsskrift, DUT, in response to a call for paper about ‘Autentisk læring’
 
Project team
Astrid Jensen, associate professor
Tine Lynfort, associate professor
Heidi Hansen, associate professor
Kirsten Lambert, Campus coordinator
Department of Language and Communication