PLANNING EXTRA - CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT COLLEGE LEVEL TO ENHANCE STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND CAREER
Middle East College (OMAN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:This paper examines college students’ evaluation of an Activity Week organized by one of the leading higher education institutions in the Sultanate of Oman. Our goal is to use the student point of view in order to design beneficial extra- curricular activities at college level. The research includes students’ review of 50 plus extracurricular activities conducted during the week related to various fields like technical, recreational, artistic and informative. These activities included literary writing, innovative designing, memory improvement techniques, sports, handicraft classes, language learning etc. providing an excellent platform for propagating social engagements and interaction between various specializations. A distinct feature of the analysis is that it examines the student review about extra-curricular activities according to gender and specialization as well. The study draws upon an empirical investigation of the learners’ perspective with interesting points to note such as students prefer to be engaged in creative activities. Furthermore, results suggest that learning a new skill is the main motivation for them to attend such events contrary to the expectation that their aim is purely recreational. The study also provides a new insight for further research as to how incorporating various skills in the activity week can open a new arena for employability and entrepreneurship prospectus.
Keywords: Extra-curricular activities, creative, learning, activity week, entrepreneurship.