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Empowering Students by Enhancing Employability Skills: The Case of the BA Human Resource Management Programme Dr Rea Prouska and Mike Mimirinis Guest presenters: Adriana Aliji and Huong Ly Vu (Lily)
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The background Learning & Teaching Project Scheme: ‘Enhancing Student Employability: Embedding E-Portfolios in the BA (Hons) HRM programme’ Aim: To evaluate the students’ perceptions on the usefulness of the e-portfolio in enhancing their learning experience and increasing their employability.
The research During two focus group interviews seven participating students (cohort= 35) were asked to summarize their views building their webfolio through PebblePad. Students were asked to present their opinions on three areas: their views of webfolios as a tool to enhance their learning experience their perceptions of the extent to which webfolios can increase their employability their perceptions of PebblePad as a software
What do students think employability is? ‘Employability’ applying skills and knowledge to the job having a job ‘Employability skills’ ability to apply skills to practice team-working skills communication skills research skills problem solving skills ability to adjust
Webfolios as a tool to enhance learning There is a positive perception of the effect webfolios have on personal development and its use as a tool of self-reflection allowing assessment of past achievements and planning of future development. Positive appreciation of webfolios as a tool of demonstrating one’s creativity.
Webfolios and employability Webfolios represent a better way of creating a CV as opposed to a traditional way An effective means of ‘making a difference’ Helps them identify gaps in CV by reflecting on past achievements, understanding what and how much was done, allowing to present something valuable to employers unlike other social networks which are limited to a general profile However, issues with how employers can access webfolios, and initial difficulties with learning and understanding the software