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Pedagogicon 2023

pedagogicon2023

Workforce & Employability Skills: Teaching & Learning for Future Careers

A conference sponsored by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

To be held virtually May 18-19, 2023

Hosted by EKU’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning


The conference theme, “Workforce & Employability Skills:  Teaching & Learning for Future Careers” encourages us to consider ways in which the classroom environment can promote career-focused learning outcomes that graduates should demonstrate as part of their college curriculum.  Such knowledge and skills allow students to thrive in their respective fields, filling local, national, and global employment needs and contributing to a healthy economy.

Multiple higher education organizations, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Quality Assurance (QA) Commons, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), have identified essential skills that all graduates need for success in their chosen fields of study.  Presenters are encouraged to share ideas from research or practice about how these employability skills may be incorporated into the classroom, from first-year courses and experiences to general education and capstone experiences.  

Threads might include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Communicating effectively: Graduates will develop their ability to communicate effectively by listening, weighing influencing factors, and responding accurately and professionally. They will learn to express their thoughts coherently in writing, orally, and in formal presentations.    

  • Thinking critically in order to solve problems and create new ideas and solutions: Graduates will develop their ability to think critically by evaluating assumptions and assessing information to make informed conclusions. They will also learn to think creatively by combining ideas in original ways or developing new ways of addressing issues.

  • Applying quantitative reasoning skills to analyze and solve numerical problems: Graduates will hone their ability to provide solutions guided by data and choosing the best methodologies for arriving at informed conclusions.

  • Demonstrating cultural competency: Graduates will reflect on their own cultural identities, appreciate cultural and intellectual differences, and effectively interact with people from diverse backgrounds. They will have multiple opportunities to collaborate, communicate and work respectfully with people with different perspectives, ideas and cultural beliefs.

  • Adapting to changing circumstances while leading and supporting others: Graduates will have learned how to accept change and find effective ways to work and thrive in different settings. They will learn to motivate others in the pursuit of a common goal and to coach others in the pursuit of this goal. 

  • Performing professionally within their chosen field of study or occupation: Graduates will have learned the importance of adhering to the code of ethics in their chosen profession and acting with honesty and fairness. They will have many opportunities to prioritize their tasks, manage their time, take initiative, and demonstrate accountability and reliability. 

  • Engaging in civic life to improve society: Graduates will, throughout their college careers, learn from opportunities to engage in political, social and other activities to address issues that benefit society.

  • Collaborating and working in teams: Graduates will have had numerous opportunities to collaborate with colleagues, become effective team members, and manage conflict.

  • Demonstrating evidence of applied and integrated learning: Graduates will be able to articulate and apply the theoretical content of their academic preparation with relevant knowledge and abilities essential to their chosen career.

  • Using information for decision making: Graduates will be able to identify, evaluate, and responsibly use information needed for decision making.

Presenters will also have the opportunity to submit their work for consideration in the annual Proceedings, to be published in early 2024. 

More information will be available and proposals welcomed at fctl.eku.edu/pedagogicon.

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