Recently, here at YuJa we shared this with our Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter followers. Essentially, this survey assessed how ready college graduates were to enter the workforce and adapt to the challenges of the modern workforce. The results were not good. Many college graduates did not feel prepared to enter the workforce and a large number questioned the value of their college educations.
Integrating new learning technology into your classrooms can change not only how students perceive the value of their education, but also how well they transition into the workforce. Let’s look at some specific ways YuJa provides value to students and prepares them for the fast-paced, team-oriented modern workplace.
- According to McGraw-Hill, 81 percent of students used a mobile device, like a smartphone or tablet, to study. YuJa is mobile-compatible. Your students can watch lecture captures or video podcasts and access assignments, quizzes and the multimedia discussion forums from their mobile devices.
- Students want tech-centered learning and study resources. Some 80 percent of students believe these resources, like YuJa, prepare them for the workforce.
- YuJa encourages active, rather than passive learning. Employers want active, self-motivated employees. YuJa supports active, engaged learning. For students, this not only means improved understanding and retention, but also the ability to put what they have learned to work. These skills translate easily into the work environment.
- YuJa supports collaboration. The modern workplace is a team-oriented environment. YuJa helps students to engage with one another, teach one another and learn together. Students who learn to collaborate in college become employees who facilitate collaboration in the workplace.
While YuJa does meet student goals for technology integrated study, as well as employer desires for active and collaborative workers, you can do more with YuJa to prepare your students for the workforce.
YuJa can be used for more than just academic coursework. Your institution’s career center can also use YuJa to create career-based courses, training and preparation for your students. Some 61 percent of students want career-preparation courses and 58 percent want more time devoted to career preparation. YuJa can enable both, without taking up class time. This can work in a variety of different ways.
- Taking your career services office online makes it accessible and available to more students. With video chats, file sharing, and a discussion forum, you can answer student questions, help prepare resumes and offer career advising online.
- Create career-preparation classes online. Use lecture capture tools to produce an entire course, then incorporate quizzes and assignments using YuJa. Subjects might include job interview preparation or how to write a resume.
Career training can also be incorporated into academic courses.
- Faculty can incorporate career-preparation modules into other courses without using valuable class time. Capture tools allow for creation of videos on specific subjects with ease.
- Video collaboration allows instructors to bring professionals into personal captures to share their own stories.
- Mobile compatibility lets career center staff or instructors create on-site career videos.