Supervising Today's Students (STS)
Connecting Work and Academics: How Students and Employers Benefit
Course # 541
Students gain many helpful academic and career skills from student employment. Sometimes, though, they don't readily connect that what they learn in their campus job will help them succeed in school now, and in work later in life. There are many benefits to helping students make academic/work connections. This workshop will share information about a time effective method for helping students make connections between work and academics, and how this improves job satisfaction, supervisor-employee relations, and how it contributes to overall student success.
- Research on learning in the work environment
- What are “seamless” learning environments and why should I care?
- What makes certain activities “high impact” and how can student employment be a “high impact activity”?
- Outcomes of student employment
- Background on the role supervisors can play in helping students make connections between work and academics
- Four quick questions supervisors can ask to help students understand what they are learning on the job
- How to have effective “check-in” conversations
- How to refer students to appropriate campus resources, when needed
- How these conversations contribute to student engagement and retention
- Additional ways employers can enhance learning through student employment
- Feedback from employers and students on how an emphasis on student learning can enhance the supervisor-student employee relationship
Objectives: (At the end of this course participants will be able to)
- Articulate benefits of being mindful of the academic/work connection for student employees.
- Incorporate academic support conversations into everyday interactions with students.
- Refer students to appropriate campus academic support resources.
- Help students make connections between their work and their academic efforts.
- State at least three reasons why creating a seamless living-learning environment for students contributes to student academic and work success.
Participants: (audience course is designed for)
This is an elective course for the Supervising Today's Students (STS) certificate program. It is intended for UI faculty and staff who supervise undergraduate student employees. All STS courses are open to all regardless of participation in the certificate program.