Inaugural Event for the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions

May 22, 2017, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Wisconsin Idea Room (159) Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall

Jim Morgan and Dr. Linda Nilson

Director of New Ventures for MRA and Internationally Recognized Expert in Teaching and Learning

Why work ethic and self-regulated learning are essential skills for student success in work and life

What types of skills do college students need to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving labor market and society?  Research shows that a strong work ethic and the ability to self-regulate one’s own learning is a competency highly valued by employers yet often challenging to teach to students.  In this inaugural CCWT seminar, two experts will discuss why these skills are so important and how they can be cultivated in the classroom.  Center Director Matthew Hora will moderate a discussion on these topics and introduce the goals and initial activities of CCWT.

Jim Morgan
is the Director of New Ventures for MRA, a four-state employers’ association.  He is currently leading a Wisconsin initiative on career pathways and planning and has conducted extensive focus groups with Wisconsin manufacturers in this position and his former role with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Jim will speak about one of the key findings from his conversations with employers around the state—the importance of a strong work ethic.

Dr. Linda Nilson is an internationally recognized expert in teaching and learning and faculty professional development.  Dr. Nilson recently retired from her position as Founding Director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, and is the author of the book “Creating self-regulated learners.”  Linda will speak about how postsecondary educators can incorporate specific activities and curricular strategies into their courses to cultivate self-regulated learning.