down Go Back to Our Ideas Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 5: Course Delivery Download Section 5 of the Toolkitright See the Full Toolkitright At a Glance The fifth section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit offers guidance on how to ensure the work-based curriculum is consistent and supports student learning. Published jul. 30, 2000 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Delivering the Work-Based Course Colleges and employers are equal partners in delivering work-based courses, extending the collaboration that began in the course design process. Communication between employers and colleges is key to making sure that lessons in the classroom and at work are consistent and support student learning. College faculty members can use information from employer supervisors about student workplace performance to adapt and improve classroom instruction or provide additional coaching to the supervisor that will enhance the student’s experience.Employers, faculty, and work-based course students each have a critical role to play to integrate instruction in the classroom and on the job. Employer supervisors must be aware of what’s happening in the classroom and able to create as many teachable moments for students as possible. Likewise, it is vital that faculty members keep up to date with industry practices to ensure the relevance of their classroom and lab lessons. When instructors know company practices, they can incorporate real tasks in their instruction to best benefit the students.Students also have a role to play in relaying information between the classroom and the job. Asking questions about how a technique they learned and practiced in a classroom or lab setting translates to the workplace, or what additional skills they might need to practice in order to be successful, will improve students’ learning and performance. Collaboration between Faculty and Employer MentorsQuestions to Ask before Watching This VideoAsk your employer partners in what key ways their supervisors think learning in a classroom or lab setting and learning on the job differ.How do you keep informed of industry practices? Questions to Ask after Watching This VideoIn what ways can employer supervisors and college faculty support one another throughout a work-based course?In what ways does the collaboration between employer supervisors and faculty allow students to master job skills more quickly and deeply?Provide one example of how you might adjust your classroom instruction based on what you hear from a supervisor. Work-Based Courses in ActionQuestions to Ask before Watching This VideoWhat programs do your employer partners currently offer to employees to help instill loyalty and build productivity and retention?Do your employer partners currently offer on-the-job mentoring? If so, what is the primary purpose of the mentoring?How well do you think students are prepared for workplace realities? Questions to Ask after Watching This VideoName at least one advantage that employer supervisors gain from mentoring students enrolled in work-based courses.Do you think the work-based learning model provides sufficient opportunity to assess student performance? Why or why not? Other Courses in the Toolkit Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 1: Assessing Your College's Compatibility The first section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit explores how community and technical colleges can determine whether a work-based courses program is right for them and their students. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 2: Building the Right Team The second section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit focuses on the importance of having a strong team to support the development of a work-based courses program and how to build such a team. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 3: Designing the Course After determining the necessity of a work-based program and building your team, the third section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit shows community and technical colleges how to design the curriculum to best prepare student workers. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 4: Training Work-Based Course Partners The fourth section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit discusses how participants must adjust to their expanded roles, particularly faculty and employers' senior employees that will act as supervisors and mentors for the course. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 6: Connecting Workers to College The final section in the Work-Based Courses toolkit centers on how to provide the right supports that enable students to truly benefit from a work-based course.