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The student experience of using technology to support transitions beyond graduation

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  • Rob – quick intros
  • Rob – Quick backgroundUrban project – grounded researchReal interest in this area – under researched
  • Rob – Digital foot prints and implications of these on student transition out
  • Rob – Some key findingWith regards to the 22% - they may not use due to :Peers provide support – central not needed (Penni to chip in)Fear associated by support servicesLack of personal motivation
  • Rob – Chart – particular on social media difference. Finish after 5 mins
  • Penni – Introductions (8 minutes left)Surveyed 214 students and spoke to two in depthKey messages are highlightedSummarise each bubble
  • Penni – video from each student about their impression of email and facebook on digital reputation.Highlight 2nd point
  • Summarise key messages and summariseLock down your Facebook and Twitter accounts! Employers will search for you, make sure they can only see what you want them to – privacy settings are a must!Get into Social Media – Open a LinkedIn Account and professionalise your Facebook! This is the ‘new’ job search, and it works!Make use of MyPad or alternative portfolio system! Employers want evidence of your experience, and this is a great way to document what you do, as you do it, to then include in your CV.  If you go on a placement this is a tool which could help you to make the most of your experience.Consider which email address you use to contact employers – KittyKatLOL@me.com is not going to give the best first impression!Use the support services whilst you are here, have a problem with psychometric testing or need help on time management / planning ? Go and see Careers
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    • 1. The student experience of usingtechnology to support transitions beyond graduation • Rob Howe – Head of Learning Technology Presentation at ELESIG Symposium 11th March 2013 1
    • 2. What is TO ?• Transition Out (TO?) was a six month intensive investigation.• Funded as part of the URB@N project.• Looking at how students want to use (or are already using) technology which will assist as they look towards completing their course and moving into employment or other future opportunities. 2
    • 3. Why TO ?• Students may not realise that the activities they are doing will assist with their transitions – they might be actively collaborating with peers using time management or planning tools, or generally enhancing their skills and experience using a range of technology.• Students may not appreciate how some of their activities create digital footprints which can impact on future opportunities. 3
    • 4. What ? found N=214• Word processing (85%) and email (88%) are the most popular technologies to support students as they leave the institution.• Students under the age of 30 are more likely to use technology than those over this age (sig < 0.05)• Males are tending to use technology to find future opportunities more than females (sig <0.05)• 66% had suffered from a lack of knowledge / confidence with the use of technology, however 22% would not seek out resources supplied by the University to help them improve their skills 4
    • 5. Chart showing the difference in technology use between thoseover (red line) or under 30 (Green line). 5
    • 6. Student Comments.....I use MyPad [e-portfolio] to I think students need to be a record what I’m doing lot more aware of what in my working life and people can and can’t in my student life.. I see on FaceBook can use that to update my CV or think about it when I’m applying for jobs... I set up my email account onI always use my university my iPhone, so every email address to time I receive the contact potential email I can check it employers... to seem immediately, ......so I more professional won’t lose any opportunity 6
    • 7. Is digital reputation considered important ?• Some students do consider their digital reputation either just on email or also on Facebook.• 17% of respondents are aware that they could change settings but are not concerned...... 7
    • 8. 5 Key messages for students CURBS1. Close down items which employers should not be able to see2. Use technology which will enhance your prospects3. Record evidence which will enhance your portfolio4. Be professional/ First impressions (KittyKatLOL@me.com is not going to give the best first impression!)5. Seek help when needed 8
    • 9. Thanks for listening Any questions ? Rob HoweRob.Howe@northampton.ac.uk 9

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