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Weaving Employability into the Curriculum: Looking Into How e-Portfolios are Supporting Student PDP

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  • This is just a bit of Solent’s background. We have 3 faculties that offer a range of courses – many of them can be considered as excellent options for those studying BTEC National Diplomas at college.FBSE: Faculty of Business, Sport and Enterprise (http://www.solent.ac.uk/about-us/faculties/fbse/fbse.aspx)Martech: Maritime and Technology (http://www.solent.ac.uk/about-us/faculties/martec/martec.aspx)FCIS: Faculty of Creative Industries and Society (http://www.solent.ac.uk/about-us/faculties/fcis/fcis.aspx)We have our usual cohort of 18-25 yr olds that make-up the vast number of full-time students but we also have the luxury of having many mature learners as well as part-time, blended and distance learners.We have seen a ‘Moodle Explosion’ this year (September 2011) with very unit and course having their own moodle page. Mahara too has seen an increased rise in usage – mainly just first years browsing the site and looking at each others pages.
  • For this project to work and to grow we all needed to work together.
  • They all need to link to each other – one of the main reasons for choosing Mahara!
  • Mahara link from Moodle – it’s single-sign-on so the students must be in Moodle first!
  • Where to find Mahara in CareerBox
  • Where Mahara links to our Careers Service
  • All Courses here at Solent have a page on Moodle. All course pages have a ‘Welcome Week’ block with a link to the Online CV unit.
  • The three activities that will help induct all staff and students in Mahara. It is hoped that by completing these three activities the

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  • Weaving Employability into theCurriculum: PDP and ePortfoliosSamantha MossLearning Technologist
  • About Solent Uni!• 3 Faculties FBSE Sport Science. Health & Fitness Coaching, Business, Marketing, Law, Management, Travel & Leisure Martech Maritime, Yacht Design, Web Design, Construction, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering, Computer Games Development FCIS Music Tech, Film/TV, Fashion, Hair & Make-Up Design, Journalism, Social Work, Comedy Writing, Media, Criminology & Psychology• Approx 16,000 learners (FT, PT, BL, DL)• Changed from Institute (Notts Trent) to University in 2005• Moodle VLE (2007), Mahara ePortfolio (2009)
  • Why do we have an ePortfolio?• Fostering Student Personal Development Planning - Led by Dr Barbara Lee (2008) – Do students know what PDP is? – Do we offer course specific PDP advice? – Do we offer any generic PDP advice?• So… if we give our students an online space to plan, collect and organise their work & career ideas, will they become more aware of PDP?• http://youtu.be/g526i0qPzF8• Mahara chosen and pilot year started in September 2009
  • Integration of people
  • Integration of systems
  • myCourse Tutorials• Online CVs Every ‘Fresher’ during ‘Welcome Week’ is encouraged to undertake the myPortfolio Induction Unit Unit delivered via VLE and is accessible from all Course Homepages
  • Freelance Option Unit• Lecturer: Julia Newman• One of our original pilot groups• 60 final year students from – Journalism – Magazine & Feature Writing – Multimedia – Sport – Fashion & Culture
  • The brief:• Students are requested to produce an industry standard online CV portfolio using the appropriate software.• The online CV portfolio is prepared with the intention that pages can be sent to prospective employers to obtain freelance work, a period of attachment, or a temporary or permanent position.• Video and Radio links can also be embedded in Mahara if the student would like to demonstrate these skills.• The task: http://youtu.be/sjhA0XnULy8
  • Feedback: Journalism students 2011• “I was shocked at how easy it was to use and to navigate (once I got used to it of course!) and that it was so easy to put together an online package.”• “Because myPortfolio can be accessed on any computer with an internet connection it enabled me to complete my work in the comfort of my own home, without the added stress of having to venture into the uni library and attempt to find a computer. ”• “MyPortfolio is ideal for people completing media based courses like myself. Its simple layout makes it user friendly and unlike many computer programs it doesn’t require hours of training in order to grasp the basics.”
  • Contact Sam:• samantha.moss@solent.ac.uk• 02380319290• @samwisemoss• http://about.me/samwise