Many learners find it difficult to develop a good employability portfolio from scratch. It is, therefore, critical to provide learners with a scaffolded learning experience which is structured, easily understood and meaningful. Once this initial experience is provided, learners are enabled to take the next step which is integrating their course-wide and other lifelong learning experiences with prospective employment opportunities. We demonstrate the effectiveness of a scaffolded learning experience in a sport, recreation and event management unit in a university setting, where students are asked to develop their skills and enhance their employability prospects through a final year Industry Practice placement of 100-160 hours. The scaffolding is effective because it enables learners to evaluate their placement experience in the context of learning outcomes associated with their course. As part of their assessment for this unit, students set personal and professional learning outcomes and create an eportfolio, using a range of evidence (e.g. supervisor reference, flyer, Excel database, brochure etc.) which demonstrate their achievement outcomes; and participate in a Showcase where they present their portfolio and a poster of their experiences in interviews with industry judges. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate and discuss from both a lecturer and student perspective how the use of a webfolio, which incorporates reflective practice through an activity log and a purpose built workbook template, can manage and showcase student learning experiences, and be used as a wider tool for enhanced employability outcomes.
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