Out of the Comfort Zone: New Ways to Teach, Learn, and Assess Essential Professional Skills : an Advancement in Educational Innovation

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Morgan & Claypool Publishers, Dec 15, 2009 - Business & Economics - 67 pages
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Success in careers outside the university setting depends on an individual's capacity to master professional skills and respond appropriately to dynamic situations with flexibility, adaptation, and innovative thinking. This book describes a simple, common sense method of how to include professional skills training in any curricula without compromising academic rigor. It relies on introduction of unanticipated yet manageable crises simulating scenarios commonly experienced in the workplace. The method promises to inspire both students and their teachers to conquer new territory outside their comfort zones. Examples include how to respond to a demand for innovation and teamwork, a lay-off, a re-organization, or switching jobs and projects. These situations are bound to occur for most people and in most jobs they often create stress and, perhaps, despair. Preparing and practicing a mindful and healthy response is beneficial, and now this process can be performed in the classroom, while it serves as a platform for character building prior to unexpected real-life events. Key Features: - Description of the importance of, incentives for, and rewards of exiting the comfort zone - Principles for teaching and learning professional skills - Student anecdotes and reflection - Rubric entries and assessment of learning Table of Contents: The Comfort Zone and "Being out of It" / Exiting the Comfort Zone: Reasons and Impact / Getting Educators and Students out of the Comfort Zone / Principles of "Out-of-the-Comfort-Zone" (OOC) Teaching / Anecdotes of OOC Learning / Measuring the Outcome
 

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The Comfort Zone andBeing out of It 11 COMFORT
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Exiting the Comfort Zone Reasons and Impact 21 AUTHENTICITY
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23 CHARACTER BUILDING
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Getting Educators and Students out of the Comfort Zone 31 COMFORTABLE CURRICULA AND BEYOND
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32 THE UNIVERSITY COMFORT ZONE AND BEYOND
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331 STUDENTS
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332 PROFESSORS
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Principles of OutoftheComfortZone OOCTeaching 41 EXISTING AND NEW CURRICULA 411 CONTEXT CREATION
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ORAL TEAM MEMBER EVALUATION
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Measuring the Outcome
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ORAL PRESENTATION
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63 PROJECT CONTEXT AND DETAILS
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64 PLANNING AND DISCIPLINE
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65 CHANGE MANAGEMENT
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66 INNOVATIVE THINKING
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67 AMBIGUITY MANAGEMENT
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413 RESPONSE TO CHANGES
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415 MENTORING AND STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
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421 TEACHING MODE
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422 ASSIGNMENT AND REWARD PARAMETERS
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423 PEER INTERACTION
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Anecdotes of OOC Learning
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CHANGE OF PROJECT PRESENTATION LOGISTICS
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CHANGE OF TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES
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REQUIRING INNOVATION
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CHANGE OF DELIVERY PERSON
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OPENENDED PROJECTS
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CHANGE IN INSTRUCTOR AVAILABILITY
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TEAMWORK AND LEADERSHIP
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69 ORAL PRESENTATION
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610 WRITTEN PRESENTATION
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611 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
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612 ATTITUDE
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613 CONFLICT RESOLUTION
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614 CROSSCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
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615 KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SELF
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616 EXPECTATION MANAGEMENT
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Bibliography
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Authors Biography
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