“Interesting but not Relevant”: Relevant Academic Teaching

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Array Semester, Tuesday 12:00

About the Workshop

Paradoxically, despite the increasing relevance of academic skill to many desirable occupations, many students complain about irrelevant courses.
High level of academic skills is becoming more and more relevant to many occupations. Many employees will be required to read and analyze data, to conduct information searches, to work with partners from all over the world, to solve problems that do not have yet a solution,  and, most importantly, to learn continuously, all their lives. Yet, many students think that their academic degree, or a large part of it, is irrelevant to their future. In this workshop we will understand a little better, why and what can be done about it.

Learning Outcomes

Following the workshop, the participants will be able to…

  • Describe characteristics of the current labor market and to criticize the prevalent perception of the Y generation and to distinguish between relevance and practicality.
  • Distinguish between three types of irrelevance: Normal, irrelevance due to change in the world, and, educational irrelevance.
  • Discover a variety of examples of practical tools to make the courses more relevant.
  • Practice some of the tools and apply some of them to their own courses.

Additional Information:

Workshop facilitator: Dr. Michal Schodl 

Relevant Academic Teaching