Page 1

Live Projects: “A dynamic, collaborative and an interactive process whereby students research elements of business activity.” •Live projects should be developed to allow students to learn from and to operate as part of a cohesive team in a consultant role with an organisation.

•The live project should provide the vehicle by which a business proposition can be illustrated, analysed and future direction formulated. •The project should enable students to analyse the aims and objectives and to select the best means of achieving these. •The module is designed to enable an interactive, deep learning and to foster the development of reflective skills through the development of the Reflective Log.

The projects are not based upon a contrived scenario; they are real situations presented by senior representatives from commercial or not for profit organisations, who meet and liaise regularly with the student teams, and who contribute to the assessment.

The aims are: 1. To integrate academic and prior experiential knowledge with that of personal development attributes and employability skills by undertaking a realistic industry based live project. 2. To enable the student to develop and apply key employability skills, develop skill areas of individual weakness, raise self awareness and develop reflective skills.

With any Work Based Learning there has to be individual development during the process or the experience is pointless!



Meetings Pre SkillsWith Sessions Project •Forward Provider skills & WBL analysis/Personal tutor •Develop SWOT Communications •Effective plan &Teamwork Independent work plan •Reflective writing •Agree & Learning repsonsibilities


Project Meetings With Employer With Tutor Mid and Final Project Meeting Required Professional Competencies (RPCs) Reflective Logbook review (1 to many)


Project Report Presentation Standardized Assessment Post WBL sessions CV Development Lifelong Learning


Skills Analysis Reflective Log book Presentation or Expo

Standardized Assessment criteria for the reflective elements of the WBL Academic buy in

Reflective practice is “a dialogue of thinking and doing through which I become more skillful.” Donald A. Schön, The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action (New York: Basic Books Inc., 1983). “A reflective practice model encourages the development of both cognitive and affective theories of moral and ethical behaviour, challenging students to integrate these into their personal belief systems as a result of their experiences instead of (at best) passively absorbing the “rules” of professional conduct.” Julia Macfarlane, “Assessing the “Reflective Practitioner: Pedagogic Principles and Certification Needs.” (1998) 5:1 Int’l J. Legal Prof. 63 at 78.

The Top Ten Skills Graduate Recruiters Want 1. Communication Skills 2. Honesty Integrity 3. Teamwork/ Leadership 4. Negotiation and persuasion 5. Motivated (Strong Work Ethic) 6. Problem solving 7. Analytical Skills 8. Flexibility/Adaptability 9. I.T. 10. Self-Confidence

The Skills Triangle Honesty Integrity Motivated (Strong Work Ethic) Flexibility/Adaptability Self-Confidence

Communication Skills Teamwork/ Leadership Negotiation and persuasion

I.T. Analytical Skills Problem solving

Tim Ward

Developing employability skills through team projects  
Developing employability skills through team projects  

Tim Ward's presentation at the HEA workshop