Outcome (f) Recommendation Spring 2013
- Literature review projects, targeted to our applied projects, will be explored for the fall 2013 semester and will be published on the Kindle and/or the iPad. We will be replacing the Literature Review document for an end user document (technical manual app) that can be utilized by the client. Students felt that reviewing peer-reviewed literature was valuable; however, for their field of study, an essay-type paper was not. The peer review literature research process will remain; however, the deliverable will change for fall 2013 to include a collaborative, end-user manual that will be published online (Kindle and/or iPad using Adobe’s Master Suite Collection and keeping in-line with the Provost’s technology initiative).
- This semester (spring 2013) the Job Shadow and Cover Letter/ Résumé were tied together; the latter secured the former. Although students still struggle with the Cover Letter/ Résumé assignment, they understand and buy-in to its value. Providing great Cover Letter/ Résumé examples, templates, and instructions still remains unsatisfactory for training students how to “sell” their knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) in order to secure an internship (at the very least) and a position in their given field after graduation. Using the STAR (Situation, Task, Actions, and Results) method helped a great deal; however, students still struggle with the “results” or outcomes portion of their cover letter and résumé. Adding two extra submission edits helped, but the outcome is still disappointing (see Table 3). During the fall 2013 semester, I will be asking job shadow employers to fill out a survey critiquing student cover letters/ résumés used for securing their job shadow experience. Pooling (anonymous) results, comments, and suggestions for students to view after the job shadow experience may help to give students (and the instructor) insight on addressing this challenge in the future.