ED 407 Week Five (Fall 2022)

Hi everyone,

This week you have the choice to look into job-centered learning and self-directed learning — those are both in Part 1. Or, if you are following the Career Path strand, you can continue on with Part 2 — Career Moves. Each part is approximately two hours of viewing time.

I hope you enjoy the choices.


Please choose either Part 1 or Part 2 of the documentaries.


Don’t forget to fill out your Response Form.



Part 1 Job-Centered / Self-Directed Learning


Job Centered Learning (56:59)


Many political and business leaders have talked about the rising skills gap in the United States; a situation where there is a mismatch between the types of jobs that are available and the skills people are acquiring. This program takes a critical look at the wide range of career education opportunities that exist, and the ways in which high schools are addressing and closing the skills gap. Filled with examples of life-changing classroom experiences, this program adds to the national debate around the vitality of the US economy, and the role that schools can play in shaping a new generation of students, who are empowered with meaningful educational experiences to embark on fulfilling and worthwhile careers.


Is School Enough? Full Video (55:43)


This program documents vivid examples of where new modes of self-directed learning are taking hold and flourishing. The film’s powerful stories show that when students have the opportunity to explore their own interests and challenges, they step up and perform at the highest level.




Part 2 Career Moves


What’s Out There: How the World of Work Is Organized


This video points out distinctions and similarities between industries and functions. Several primary industries and job functions are described, giving students insight into types of work that they might enjoy. (28 minutes)


Generating Career Options Full Video (28:09)


Techniques for generating a list of career possibilities are featured in this video. Students are encouraged to brainstorm ideas and emphasize quantity over quality of ideas at this stage of the process. (28 minutes)


Researching Career Options: New Technologies and Current Techniques Full Video (28:18)


This video focuses on finding career options using both print and electronic sources of occupational information. Using key information categories, students develop approaches that will lead to strong and thorough research efforts. (28 minutes)


Informational Interviewing and Networking Full Video (27:58)



The significance of networking and informational interviewing is made clear in this video. It shows students how to find networking opportunities and contacts, as well as develop techniques for conducting informational interviews. (28 minutes)