Practical ePortfolios: Embeddingplacement reflection and personaldevelopment processesKirstie CoolinCentre for Internation...
Overview    • Employability skills plus professional learning    • Opportunities for learning about work    • Employer inv...
Lets start with a video… 11/28/2012                    Event Name and Venue   3The Academy of Irving, Texas
Relationships – employer/HEI/student11/28/2012                             Event Name and Venue   4
Challenge space   “The relationship between universities and        Relationship     colleges, students and employers is c...
What are professional skills?11/28/2012                                   Event Name and Venue   6 University of Kent www....
What else?    • Awareness of the employment marketplace    • Understanding of the sector    • Pathways and module choice  ...
Opportunities to learn about work – how    can students be supported in joining the    dots?     •       Synthesising Care...
Supporting students to find (out about)    work   • Access to placements, internships, work     experience   • Access to e...
What do employers want?    What do students want?    How can these be reconciled with mutual    benefit to improve employa...
From recent interviews (SHED Project 2012)Students                                          EmployersCentral place to find...
How can learners be motivated?     Course and career learning as well as the practicalities of     finding placements, int...
Construction Foundation Degree, Derby  College    “For Derby College, SHED saw the first use of Mahara within the College ...
Using ePortfolio processes for:-   • Personal Development Planning (PDP) alongside     practical employability concerns fo...
“We come to University and                                        “(ePortfolios) a tool for marketing      assume that emp...
Interlude…11/28/2012                          Event Name and Venue   16  Happisburgh 2012 Kirstie Coolin
Example 1: Placement learning in   Nottingham      School of Biosciences11/28/2012                                 Event N...
Student-centred e-Portfolio: Placement lifecycle information and                           activity in one place          ...
Support and information pages11/28/2012                         Event Name and Venue   19
11/28/2012   Event Name and Venue   20
Student placement page. She has also created a page about the social side of studentlife with other interns in the company...
During placement – weekly reports shared with supervisor, placements coordinator andin some cases, employer    (student co...
Threaded feedback on student ‘placement ‘page’     (student content) 11/28/2012                                      Event...
Example 2: Doctoral Training Programme (BBSRC)11/28/2012                          Event Name and Venue   24
Analysing Research competences    • “The Researcher Development Framework      (RDF) is a major new approach to researcher...
Using e-Portfolio to:    • Integrate core researcher skill development into      the self-directed/professional developmen...
Example of student DTP page. We are seeking feedback from students on theirsuggestions for analysing and reflecting on the...
Institutional  Resource                                                                                  Employers        ...
Over to you...   • How can students and employers be motivated to     use new tools for employability?   • Where do studen...
Relevant CIePD Projects    Sharing HE Data (SHED)      www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/shed    ESCAPES (..)      www.notti...
Thank youKirstie.Coolin @ nottingham.ac.uk@kirstie_cUniversity of Nottinghamwww.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolioDesigned by Gid...
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  • Employer engagement happens throughout the institution, not only via Business Engagement units or through Business Development staff. It also happens via students, community partnerships, individual academics, careers services etc. While CRM goes someway to streamlining this, it also may bottleneck relationships not allowing for the diverse connections and relationships that are made throughout the institution.
  • Students need to know what employers are looking for and how to access them as well as being able to analyse, recognise the value of, assess and showcase their employability and subject-related skills to employers.
  • Students increasing aware of importance in gaining work experience and access to employers
  • 7.3 Employability tools There is the potential to develop a range of tools which could be plugged into an existing/used eLearning system, such as an ePortfolio through use of widgets, plugins or other module technology. Access to University-engaged employersA place to view employer opportunities (e.g. unfinished projects, placement offers etc.)Tagging and storing ‘favourite’ employersAn enhanced and structured employability profileTool to find and collaborate with fellow-students to pool resources for responding to employer project needs for placements/internships or work. Development and release of richer evidence for job seeking
  • Practical e-Portfolios: embedding placement reflection and personal development processes

    1. 1. Practical ePortfolios: Embeddingplacement reflection and personaldevelopment processesKirstie CoolinCentre for International ePortfolio Development, (CIePD)Libraries, Research & Learning Resourceswww.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio@ciepd@kirstie_c Wednesday, November 28, 2012 ALT-C 2012 1
    2. 2. Overview • Employability skills plus professional learning • Opportunities for learning about work • Employer involvement • Combining career learning and PDP – an example from Nottingham • Interaction with employers • Another example from Nottingham (Researchers) • What do you think?11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 2
    3. 3. Lets start with a video… 11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 3The Academy of Irving, Texas
    4. 4. Relationships – employer/HEI/student11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 4
    5. 5. Challenge space “The relationship between universities and Relationship colleges, students and employers is crucial to ensuring that students experience the higher education they want while studying and leave their course equipped to embark on a rewarding career”(HE White Paper, Students at the Heart of the System, BIS, 2011, p45).11/28/2012 ALT-C 2012 5
    6. 6. What are professional skills?11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 6 University of Kent www.kent.ac.uk/careers
    7. 7. What else? • Awareness of the employment marketplace • Understanding of the sector • Pathways and module choice • Work/employment opportunities • Different types of employers (SMEs/Social Enterprise/self employment etc.) • Changing work patterns • Connecting gaps, action planning • Feedback from employers11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 7
    8. 8. Opportunities to learn about work – how can students be supported in joining the dots? • Synthesising Career learning and the Course? • “What are my options?” • “How do I want to make a living?” • Skills recognition and showcasing skills • How can relationships between student/employer/university be improved to11/28/2012 support this? Event Name and Venue 8
    9. 9. Supporting students to find (out about) work • Access to placements, internships, work experience • Access to employers? Milk round? SMEs, microbusinesses, social enterprises, 3rd sector? Self employment? “More than half of graduates are interested in jobs that will make a difference, despite increasing difficulty in finding work” Article in the Guardian11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 9 22nd August 2012
    10. 10. What do employers want? What do students want? How can these be reconciled with mutual benefit to improve employability learning for students?11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 10
    11. 11. From recent interviews (SHED Project 2012)Students EmployersCentral place to find placements A „front door‟ to the UniversityUp to date links to the company applicationprocedures. Up to date links to the company Access to research and innovation headlines,application procedures. University eventsAccess to employer lists, tagged and Knowledge transfer and research partnershipssearchable by sector and organisationalinformation Filtered based on interestPrevious placements information More university engagement with social media for easier personal networking and identifyingInformation about company project opportunities key contactsCareers fairs with wider range of employers Find student skills for projects 11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 11
    12. 12. How can learners be motivated? Course and career learning as well as the practicalities of finding placements, internships and work do not exist in isolation. “Employability can be enhanced through personal development planning, but success will depend upon the extent to which students see a „pay-off‟ for the effort that they put in.” (Embedding employability into the curriculum, HEA) http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/employability/id460_embedding_em11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 12 ployability_into_the_curriculum_338.pdf
    13. 13. Construction Foundation Degree, Derby College “For Derby College, SHED saw the first use of Mahara within the College and in particular, enabled the College to innovate in their management of student‟s professional learning, using it as a platform for peer development, career reflection and learning from employer input. Students gather information that is related to employer requirements and from that learn how their knowledge appears for an employer. This is not only learning for them, but for their peers and the College in understanding what sort of information is of interest to their employer contacts and how students should be advised to fine tune their employability information to improve their career prospects. “ For students, the „pay off‟ may constitute short term interaction with employers for seeking work or work-experience which also provides real-world learning about the sectors they are interested in.”11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 13 SHED Project Report www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/shed/documents
    14. 14. Using ePortfolio processes for:- • Personal Development Planning (PDP) alongside practical employability concerns for students. • „Marketing‟ for students to match their skills to employer interest • Communication and networking for career learning • Differentiation in the job market Self-motivation11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 14
    15. 15. “We come to University and “(ePortfolios) a tool for marketing assume that employability is to differentiate ourselves to getting the degree but are employers” (Construction students starting to learn that it’s the at Derby College) degree plus other stuff” (student participant in SHED “Students would be project workshop) motivated to use their e- Portfolio if they could have it when they leave to help them find a job” (Student, Nottingham)11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 15
    16. 16. Interlude…11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 16 Happisburgh 2012 Kirstie Coolin
    17. 17. Example 1: Placement learning in Nottingham School of Biosciences11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 17
    18. 18. Student-centred e-Portfolio: Placement lifecycle information and activity in one place Placement journey During Before Recording skills/ relation of placement to After Researching employers and course, journal, feedback Reflection, showcase, sectors, application, letters, (staff/employers), communic resume, career information support ation, support and encouragement Careers/employability learning embedded throughout the lifecycle11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 18
    19. 19. Support and information pages11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 19
    20. 20. 11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 20
    21. 21. Student placement page. She has also created a page about the social side of studentlife with other interns in the company. (student content)11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 21
    22. 22. During placement – weekly reports shared with supervisor, placements coordinator andin some cases, employer (student content)11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 22
    23. 23. Threaded feedback on student ‘placement ‘page’ (student content) 11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 23
    24. 24. Example 2: Doctoral Training Programme (BBSRC)11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 24
    25. 25. Analysing Research competences • “The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a major new approach to researcher development, to enhance our capacity to build the UK workforce, develop world-class researchers and build our research base.” (Vitae 2010)”11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 25
    26. 26. Using e-Portfolio to: • Integrate core researcher skill development into the self-directed/professional development aims of the programme – Analysis and action planning • Placement journal • Student-centred supervisor groups • Plus - technical developments to pull in relevant University training courses linked to RDF competences for dynamic presentation into student portfolios according to their self- assessed skills gaps.11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 26
    27. 27. Example of student DTP page. We are seeking feedback from students on theirsuggestions for analysing and reflecting on their skills needs • <screen shots – student page, supervisor group etc.> 11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 27
    28. 28. Institutional Resource Employers Institution employer network Courses Administration Research d i Business engagement: Events s • Employer profile More reasons to engage Professional Learning: • Easier to find University Equipment • c Details, sector, About employment market • Employment sectors o projects resources • Access to students for work • v Expertise What employers are interested in • How to organise and present their e r Careers and work experience • Wider range of employers Placements skills rd • Finding placement or work y Employer searches student profiles (e.g. 3 sector, social CRM enterprise, SME) opportunities • Learning to network (and integrate other social tools) AUDIT Learning + teaching student profile Student searches employer profiles ePortfolio Student Evidence, Personal skills, showcaseStudent opts-in, ‘releasing’ contact information and showcase Kirstie Coolin, CIePD, University of Nottingham September 2012
    29. 29. Over to you... • How can students and employers be motivated to use new tools for employability? • Where do student, employer and institutional requirements meet, and what would this look like in terms of processes and tools? • How can existing institutional learning technology be used to promote student-led professional/employability learning? • How can students be encouraged to reflect on their personal development autonomously? • How can relationships between student /employer/university be nurtured to support this?11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 29
    30. 30. Relevant CIePD Projects Sharing HE Data (SHED) www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/shed ESCAPES (..) www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/escapes Ingenuity KnowledgeHub www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/knowledgehub http://fishbowl.ingenuitygateway.com11/28/2012 Event Name and Venue 30
    31. 31. Thank youKirstie.Coolin @ nottingham.ac.uk@kirstie_cUniversity of Nottinghamwww.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolioDesigned by Gideon Coolin

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