Our response to COVID19

The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.


Teaching and Learning



New World of Work — College Resources

A variety of faculty development, curricular development, and assessment resources for 21st-century skills, including resources by sector and field and online resource modules: “These lessons are complete with instructor lesson plans, PPT presentations, funny “what not to do” videos, video assessments, and hand-outs. The lessons were designed for postsecondary students, adult learners, clients at workforce development organizations, and current employees.”

Merging Work and Learning to Develop the Human Skills that Matter 

This report from Pearson and Jobs for the Future showcases promising practices from the US and UK to suggest a forward-looking agenda for education and training, moving from uncertainty to the economic advancement of all learners. Some of the strategies profiled include:

  • Competency-based education, which allows learners to show what they know as soon as they know it and move quickly to the next level
  • Employer and industry-led models, which radically lower the opportunity costs of education by providing further training on the job
  • The latest labor market intelligence tools and techniques, which provide educators with powerful insights into the changing skills marketplace
  • Dynamic and work-based pedagogy, to instill the critical skills needed for the future of work
  • New pathways and business models that support access and completion for learners at any point in their career and at virtually any income level

A Practical Guide for Work-Integrated Learning  Effective Practices to Enhance the Educational Quality of Structured Work Experiences Offered through Colleges & Universities

A new guide from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) is a resource for faculty, staff, academic leaders, and educational developers to improve the quality of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs. Effective, work-integrated learning opportunities enhance student learning and develop work-ready skills outside of the classroom.

Work Integrated Learning Open Module Initiative

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) has become a core element of postsecondary instruction and a crucial means by which applied and experiential learning is infused into curriculum in highly meaningful and professionally relevant ways.  This comprehensive set of 31 open-access, learner-centered modules from Niagara College Canada supports WIL preparedness among postsecondary students.

How to Use Labor Market Data in Academic Program Development and Curricular Design

How can your institution prepare students for the jobs they want, and set them on a path to career success? Burning Glass Technologies says the answer can be found by using real-time labor market data. This information is the key to understanding today’s job market, because it examines the individual skills that are requested for each job.

The Connected Curriculum Framework

Connects academic learning with workplace learning.

Developing EmployABILITY

Employability is the ability to create and sustain meaningful work across the career lifespan. This is a developmental process which students need to learn before they graduate. The Developing EmployABILITY Initiative is a collaboration involving over 20 higher education institutions and over 400 scholars internationally. Our goal is to enable and embed employABILITY thinking in the curriculum. The Initiative is led by Professor Dawn Bennett at Curtin University. New collaborators are always welcome. 

The Developing EmployABILITY  website for educators is full of resources to support developing employability qualities in students.


Integrating Academic and Career Development

This free white paper from EAB shares approaches to hybrid advising roles to align academic and career pathing guidance for students. As a result, advisors are able to work with students to ensure that their classes and extracurricular activities set them up for their desired careers. Download the paper to learn how these best practices are being implemented.

Engagement and Employability Integrating Career Learning through Co-Curricular Experiences in Postsecondary Education

A NASPA publication, which provides a discussion and numerous examples of how to identify, measure, and assess employability skills as an outcome of co-curricular experiences.

Connecting Bridges: The Co-Curricular Career Connections Leadership Model

The C3 model (via the NACE Journal) offers a structure for bridging and integrating a variety of experiences on and off campus, including:

  1. Connecting co-curricular learning to classroom learning
  2. Connecting experiential learning to learning in structured leadership development programs
  3. Connecting learning in college to learning throughout one’s career



IUPUI’s High Impact Practices Taxonomies – Internship Taxonomy

IUPUI has developed numerous High Impact Practices resources, including this Internship Taxonomy

Laureate Professional Assessment

The purpose of the Laureate Professional Assessment (LPA) program is to shift the importance of the academic program experience from solely academic competence to achieving both academic and workplace competence.

Public Information About Learner Outcomes (Transparency)

NILOA’s Transparency Framework

The NILOA Transparency Framework is intended to help institutions evaluate the extent to which they are making evidence of student accomplishment readily accessible and potentially useful and meaningful to various audiences.

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