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  • Integrating "employability" into the HE curriculum: case studies of online portfolio implementation in the UK 
    @lisaharris, @drpaulharrigan (University of Southampton) @annettenaudin (Birmingham City University)
    PLE Conference, Barcelona, 8th July
  • Lisa Harris
    Teaches Digital Marketing at the University of Southampton
    Programme Director for the MSc in Digital Marketing.
    Qualified e-tutor for the University of Liverpool online MBA.
    Lisa has run a research project with Alan Rae called ‘Punch Above Your Weight’ which tracks how small firms promote themselves, network and grow their businesses using Web 2.0 technologies.
    Various projects to develop personal learning environments around the MSc curriculum at Southampton
    Currently developing workshops encouraging the growth of digital presence for career or business development
  • Rationale for our paper
    Significant gap between the skills required by employers and the way universities currently prepare students for employment.
    Employers are seeking high level skills of communication and networking in their potential employees, such as competence in online methods of engagement, at a disadvantage.
    Research has shown that today’s students are amenable to the increased use of technology for educational purposes, but the extent of their skills is currently very variable (Jones and Cross, 2009).
    It has been recommended that universities rethink their learning environment to improve digital literacy, among both staff and students (JISC, 2009).
    We suggest that (following the example set by Curtin University) modern applications of technology-enhanced learning such as e-portfolios can facilitate a higher level of student participation, creativity and engagement that meets the needs of employers in today’s global knowledge-based economy.
  • 21st Century Careers (JISC, 2009)
    Competition for employment in a global knowledge economy
    increased levels of self-employment and portfolio working
    growth of multi-disciplinary teams focused on specific tasks whose members might be physically located anywhere in the world
    life within a networked society
    blurring of boundaries between ‘real’ and ‘virtual’, public and private
    increasingly ubiquitous use of digital technologies.
  • “Life-wide” and “life-long” learning
  • Bloom’s (Digital) taxonomy
  • Southampton PLE Initiatives
    Optional careers sessions from 2008
    Undergraduate Digital Marketing module – development of online communities by student groups using blogs, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook (from 2008, assessed by oral presentation)
    Digital Presence Workshops for staff and students from 2009
    Student blogs to support personal tutor/tutee relationship from 2009
    Integration into Intro to Marketing and Digital Marketing Comms modules from Sept 2010
    Blog, Delicious, Netvibes, PBWorks
  • Cloudworks Community
  • Potential scope of the PLE
  • Benefits
    Identification of particularly strong students when opportunities arise (eg participation in company projects)
    Identification of absent/low performing students at early stage
    Enables students to showcase their work and activities for potential employers
    Useful feedback for tutors on what students liked/disliked about their programme
  • Challenges
    “Issues” with staff...
    “Russell Group” arrogance
    Student expectations of “traditional” methods of teaching and assessment
    Reluctance to share ideas with others
    Most were comfortable only with the more passive aspects of online learning
  • The Big Question!
    How can we “sell” this approach more effectively to both staff and students?