January 9, 2019

Student Potential Through Skill Recognition

Season 3, Episode 6

We’re often told that college is ideal for securing a job. Accordingly, instructors design assignments with skill development in mind—but students tend to see them simply as a means of understanding course content. Professor Tanya Martini of Brock University reveals how you can help students recognize—and eventually apply—the skills you want them to build, and what employers want to see.

Guest Biography

Tanya Martini obtained her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto, and is a professor in the Psychology Department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. Her passion for Psychology was ignited in her first-year Psychology course—she even switched majors as a result! She's thrilled to now inspire students in that same course.

In addition to Introductory Psychology, Dr. Martini also teaches Human Learning and courses designed to facilitate students’ understanding of career-related skills. Her research explores skill-based learning outcomes in post-secondary education. Dr. Martini is particularly interested in students’ ability to articulate the competencies that underlie skills such as critical thinking and collaboration. She’s also interested in how university assignments foster transferable skills that are of interest to employers.

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