About
YouTalent Spotter

To start working with the MeTalent mirror tools, we offer you a simulations of four classroom situations: a small step to get more insight into your views towards talent

What is talent?

As a result of a review of the literature on talent in higher education, the following definition of talented students was agreed in the frame of CoTalent team:

Talented students from HEIs demonstrate extraordinary special innovative skills and initiative, desire and willingness to make
i
ntensive effort for doing more than the regular curricular
programs and to be involved in collaborative projects.

If their potential is nurtured in the right way within
HEI communities/ experiences/ curriculum, such a student
has the ability to be one of the best. 

Talented students from HEIs demonstrate extraordinary special innovative skills and initiative, desire and willingness to make intensive effort for doing more than the regular curricular
programs and to be involved in collaborative projects.

If their potential is nurtured in the right way within HEI communities/ experiences/ curriculum, such a student has the ability to be one of the best. 

Selecting or spotting?

It is necessary to differentiate between spotting and selecting talented students for an Honors Program. Spotting and selecting both focus on talented and motivated students who would be able to do more than the regular program offers. Still, there are some important differences:

  • Based on clear criteria (g. e. grade point average)
  • Choose students for a specially designed program offering more than the regular curriculum
  • Focus on a special trait of a talent
  • Opportunity to join a program & develop their talent
  • Task of a program manager or administrator
  • If you are unsure, what the difference between spotting and selecting students is, you can watch the video.

If you want to select talented students you should know which programs are available and suitable for the students and whom you can refer the student to.

  • Acknowledging & recognizing different potentials of students
  • Acknowledge students in a setting (classroom, lecture, …)
  • Multi-dimensional approach
  • Opportunities to show a students (hidden) talent in a regular setting
  • Task of the teacher who should encourage a student to apply for a program

Finally, when spotting a talented student, you should ask yourself, why you want to spot those students and what will happen after spotting them.

The YouTalent Spotter Toolbox

The YouTalent spotter offers four different tools that can be used to get a better image of the students in your class and their individual talents.

The TCSL helps you in getting an overview over all the students in your class who might be suitable for a talent development program at your university. You will find different characteristics of students with examples of their behavior, based upon a literature review on typical characteristics of students who are already enrolled in Honors Programs compared to regular students.

Click here to see the TCSL

 

The ETCL focusses on entrepreneurial characteristics shown by talented and motivated students. There are four parts of the ETCL aiming on self- and peer-evaluation as well as evaluation by a teacher.

Click here to see the ETCL

The PAT asks students in your class to voluntarily prepare a poster on a question connected to personal development and one’s own talent(s). It allows students to express themselves in a creative format and can be added with a presentation of the posters to see the verbal and communicative skills of a student. The PAT offers you also an evaluation form.

Click here to see the PAT

The WAT allows the student to show his or her writing skills by offering different topics to write about. Some of the questions can also be found with the PAT. The WAT offers you different tasks around the topics Solve Dilemmas, Develop Personally, and Use your Talent. It comes along with an evaluation hint and further information about how to incorporate the answers given into your course or how to adjust and develop own tasks.

Click here to see the WAT