Teaching Transferable Skills in College Courses: Developing Career Readiness and Cultural Fluency

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Learn how to teach communication, teamwork, critical thinking and self-motivated learning — four transferable skills strongly linked to student success – with a focus on how these competencies are defined, used, and valued within specific disciplines and professions. You also examine skills frameworks, critiques of these frameworks, instructional design principles and the science behind each of the four skills.



Learners will work on each module one week at a time at their own pace, engaging Dr. Hora and classmates in discussions about course readings and weekly assignments. Each module will include videotaped lectures from Dr. Hora and other experts in post-secondary teaching, readings from the instructor and the research literature, and real-world case study problems where learners apply insights from course materials to their own courses and disciplinary contexts. The course leads up to a final project where learners will apply insights from the course to revise a syllabus or lesson plan so that it prominently features one or more of the four skills.

While the course will be actively moderated for 7 weeks, students can take extra time to complete the course. The course will be available for 3 months.

Learning points

At the conclusion of the course, students will demonstrate:

  • An in-depth and critical understanding of transferable skills frameworks
  • A deeper understanding of the research behind teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and self-regulated learning
  • An understanding of how these four skills should be conceptualized and taught in their own disciplines
  • How to incorporate best practices for teaching these skills into their own curriculum and instruction
  • How to use the "cultural scripts instructional framework" to design a course syllabus, class session, or lesson plan
  • An understanding of how a cultural perspective on skills best facilitates students’ career readiness and cultural fluency in a diverse, rapidly changing workplace and society

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Overview: Extra Information

This course is taught by award-winning author and presenter Matthew Hora. Read the blog post Matthew Hora wins award for timely 'Beyond the Skills Gap' about his new book and its implications for higher education.

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Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 21
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 2.1

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Contact Matthew Hora at matthew.hora@wisc.edu or 608-265-5629

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Meet your instructor

Matthew Hora

Matthew Hora is an associate professor of Adult and Higher Education in the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison. His research on active learning, skills gaps, and curriculum reform is informed by his training in cultural anthropology and the learning sciences.