The University of Guelph: Empowering Graduates Through Skills Development (1998)

The University of Guelph in Ontario is promoting the development of employability skills through its learner-centred strategy.

Guelph’s learner-centred strategy is based on four key concepts: self-reliant learning; the research-teaching link; skill development; and experiential learning.

Self-reliance means taking responsibility for one’s own learning and is closely associated with the idea of active learning. Self-reliance and an ability to work with others are fostered by the research-teaching link, which helps to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. That, in turn, helps in skill development.

Experiential learning, the fourth corner of Guelph’s learner-centred strategy, means hands-on learning. That could entail laboratory experiments, working with interactive software, making sculpture, or writing essays.

Activities that support the university’s strategy include encouraging students to engage in ongoing self-assessment; establishing co-op programs; fostering peer helper programs; and encouraging innovative teaching.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. The University of Guelph: Empowering Graduates Through Skills Development 1998. Web. 5 Jun. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/the_university_of_guelph/the_university_of_guelph.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (1998). The University of Guelph: Empowering Graduates Through Skills Development. Retrieved June 5, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/the_university_of_guelph/the_university_of_guelph.pdf
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