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Lisa Gray, Peter Chatterton and Geoff Rebbeck
Technology for employability27/05/2015
Technology for employability
Blog: employabilityproject.jiscinvolve.org
Twitter: #jiscemployability
27/05/2015 Technology ...
Aims of today
» Share themes and issues, opportunities and recommendations, and provide
opportunities for participants to ...
Why is this important?
Employability
» Increasing importance in policy and strategy
› evidence of an ‘employability gap’
»...
Jisc “Technology for Employability” study
» December 2014 - study funded
» Focus – technology to support the development a...
Effective practice examples
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 6
Case studies - HE
Institution Subject
University of ...
Effective practice examples
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 7
Case studies – FE and skills
Institution Subject
The...
Examples
Further education and skills
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 8
InnoTech, SouthWest College, Cookstown, NI
Examples
Higher education
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 9
Framing and problem setting
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 10
Challenge 1
Institutions are on various points of the continuum towards student
employability “maturity”
» Different visio...
Challenge 2
Technology is under exploited for employability
» Variation in practices and understanding of potential
of tec...
Challenge 3
Insufficient engagement and partnership working with employers
» Core employability skills, capabilities and a...
Challenge 4
Variability in resources to support institutions in using technology for employability
» Lack of awareness of ...
Activity
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 15
On your tables, discuss:
» Do these challenges resonate with you?
» Pr...
Activity
» In the light of these challenges, think big about how these might be solved
‘What if……’
» Write one per post-it...
Visualising effective practice
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 17
Three thematic ideas for institutions to enhance practices
Idea 1
"Maturity" is probably best developed
through "connected...
Three thematic ideas for institutions to enhance practices
Idea 2
“Lifelong employability in a digital
world” needs to be ...
Three thematic ideas for institutions to enhance practices
Idea 3
Institutions can better prepare for
supporting student e...
Technology for employability – a framework
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 21
Technology-
enhanced authentic
and s...
Technology for employability – a framework
» Active and “real world” learning
experiences – supported by
technologies – th...
Technology for employability – a framework
» Researching, identifying and
developing contacts and
relationships with emplo...
Technology for employability – a framework
» Self-directed personal and
professional learning (planning,
reflection, manag...
Technology for employability – a framework
» Learner skills diagnostics
» Technology-enhanced
development for skills gaps
...
Technology for employability – a framework
» Developing student
technology-enhanced
employability skills
26
Technology-
en...
Technology for employability – a framework
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 27
Technology-
enhanced authentic
and s...
Activity
» Using the templates on your tables, consider what ‘effective practice’ looks like for one or
more of the five d...
Concept development
Shaping the recommendations – how to get fromA to B
27/05/2015 Technology for employability 29
Options for Jisc to consider to support the sector
Options
So far, from our research, we are
recommending that Jisc can po...
Activity
» Select a cluster of ‘what ifs’ and get into groups
» Decide as a group which of the ideas you’d like to work up...
Related Jisc activity
Where to find out more
» Prospect to alumnus - jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/prospect-to-alumnus
» e-Portfo...
Prospect to Alumnus –
Employability Data Services project
33
a) Employability Skills Match* and Data Services:
enabling le...
Find out more
» Lisa Gray - lisa.gray@jisc.ac.uk
» Peter Chatterton peter.chatterton@daedalus-e-world.com
» Geoff Rebbeck ...
Also on the horizon….
Higher Education Academy
» Embedding employability strategic enhancement
programme
» 37 Higher Educa...
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Technology for Employability - Jisc, May 2015

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The role of UK higher education (HE), further education (FE) and skills sectors in developing student employability is clear. Technology can be an enabler to the development and communication of employability skills, but are organisations and employers making best use of it?

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Technology for Employability - Jisc, May 2015

  1. 1. Lisa Gray, Peter Chatterton and Geoff Rebbeck Technology for employability27/05/2015
  2. 2. Technology for employability Blog: employabilityproject.jiscinvolve.org Twitter: #jiscemployability 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 2 Geoff Rebbeck Independent consultant Lisa Gray Jisc Peter Chatterton Independent consultant
  3. 3. Aims of today » Share themes and issues, opportunities and recommendations, and provide opportunities for participants to add to and test out the themes » Share our vision for ‘technology for employability’ and discuss the barriers and enablers to achieving it » Consider how Jisc can best support institutions in achieving that vision 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 3
  4. 4. Why is this important? Employability » Increasing importance in policy and strategy › evidence of an ‘employability gap’ » Means to economic independence and active citizenship. » Qualifications not an end to themselves » Evidence that technology can be an enabler…. › But it’s not clear how institutions are using technology most effectively to support learners » Digital savvy graduates are essential for shaping tomorrows entrepreneurial activities › But digital literacies aren’t well articulated in relation to employability skills 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 4 Technology
  5. 5. Jisc “Technology for Employability” study » December 2014 - study funded » Focus – technology to support the development and communication of employability skills » February - open invitation for examples of practice » April 29th – webinar to share emerging themes and » 27th May – gathering of experts » June – study completes › Case studies › Analysis of the technology and employability landscape › Issues, challenges, gaps › Recommendations for institutions and Jisc › Good practice guidance » June – next steps identified 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 5
  6. 6. Effective practice examples 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 6 Case studies - HE Institution Subject University of Greenwich Greenwich Connect: a joined up approach to employability in a digital world University of Northampton Student employability development through social innovation and enterprise Glasgow Caledonian University Problem-solving real business issues using wikis Birmingham City University A range of creative approaches to developing student employability Keele University ILM accredited e-portfolio-based employability award University of Edinburgh Student-led e-portfolio-based assessments for evidencing graduate attributes University of Birmingham Online employability skills pathway of the Personal Skills Award University of London Employability skills MOOC Staffordshire University Staffordshire Graduate Employability project Bath Spa University International virtual internship programme Oregon State University collaboration Global student collaborative venture to compete in international student racing
  7. 7. Effective practice examples 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 7 Case studies – FE and skills Institution Subject The Mindset Joint venture between Reed employment and 13 colleges – in campus branches S&B Autos Supporting motor vehicle apprenticeships through Moodle and virtual reality Job Centre Plus Using technology to support those out of work Welsh Baccalaureate Digital literacies embedded into the qualification MyWorksearch An online employability service supporting learners on an ongoing journey South Devon College Using an online employability course SouthWest College, NI Using technology to support partnership projects between students and industry PortlandCollege Project using video, accessed byQR codes to support learners with disabilities Reading College A college-wide move away from theVLE to learner-centred approaches City of Glasgow College An e-portfolio for stonemasons to best record their experiences in the workplace
  8. 8. Examples Further education and skills 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 8 InnoTech, SouthWest College, Cookstown, NI
  9. 9. Examples Higher education 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 9
  10. 10. Framing and problem setting 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 10
  11. 11. Challenge 1 Institutions are on various points of the continuum towards student employability “maturity” » Different visions of “maturity” and variation in approaches to developing employability skills, capabilities and attributes » Authentic experiences can develop skills, but depend on: › the degree of “authenticity” › the degree to which students learn/reflect on them › the degree to which students articulate them » Many creative uses of technology, but embedding remains elusive to many institutions » Embedding employability/ attributes into curricula may be “ideal”, but there are challenges 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 11
  12. 12. Challenge 2 Technology is under exploited for employability » Variation in practices and understanding of potential of technologies- particularly with e-portfolios and social media » Institutions could do a lot more to unleash student creativity in using digital networks/media to engage with employers, alumni and other stakeholders » Digital literacies are not well articulated in relation to employability skills » Employers and HE/FE generally have low aspirations in relation to “digital entrepreneurialism” » Growing band of knowledge in terms of what technology infrastructure is required for "connected curricula" 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 12
  13. 13. Challenge 3 Insufficient engagement and partnership working with employers » Core employability skills, capabilities and attributes are continually evolving » Unclear the degree to which employers (large and small) are involved in defining and developing employability skills » Not much evidence of institutions evaluating impact of employability policies/initiatives with employers » Not always easy to identify “truly” authentic learning experiences with employers for ALL students » HE and FE need to find ways of improved working with a broader range of employers e.g. SMEs » Need to raise aspirations for “digital entrepreneurialism” with employers 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 13
  14. 14. Challenge 4 Variability in resources to support institutions in using technology for employability » Lack of awareness of e-portfolio resources and their value to institutions » Insufficient emphasis in sector resources on “making the case” for using technology » Guidance on digital literacies could be better contextualised and articulated in relation to employability skills » Minimal resources relating to digital entrepreneurialism » Insufficient guidance on effective use of social media to support employability » Potential for greater adoption of multimedia communications approaches » Resources on their own are insufficient – institutions need to be supported in using them effectively 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 14
  15. 15. Activity 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 15 On your tables, discuss: » Do these challenges resonate with you? » Provide examples from your contexts › What is the problem, and for who? » What is missing?
  16. 16. Activity » In the light of these challenges, think big about how these might be solved ‘What if……’ » Write one per post-it 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 16
  17. 17. Visualising effective practice 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 17
  18. 18. Three thematic ideas for institutions to enhance practices Idea 1 "Maturity" is probably best developed through "connected curricula" - embedding employability in curriculum and assessment combined with authentic experiential learning and employer engagement and underpinned by technology. » Some excellent examples of "connected curricula" where employability embedded into curricula and assessment » "Connected curricula" inextricably linked to assessment for learning approaches and authentic assessment » Curricula and assessment must incorporate student articulation of their experiential learning and employability skills » "Connected curricula" map well to the QAA "Flexible Curricula" framework ** » "Connected curricula" requires a learner-centred connected technology infrastructure 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 18 ** enhancementthemes.ac.uk/toolkits/flexible-curriculum
  19. 19. Three thematic ideas for institutions to enhance practices Idea 2 “Lifelong employability in a digital world” needs to be a core student capability – with students encouraged to take ownership early on” » HE and FE need to prepare students for taking ownership of identifying and developing their employability skills and capabilities - using technology » “Lifelong employability” is a key employability capability in its own right » Lifelong employability aligns with lifelong learning, self- review, self-management and learning directions concepts » Self-directed personal and professional learning (planning, reflection, managing, recording, review) can be effectively supported by e-portfolios » (Digital) feedback and engagement with a variety of stakeholders including employers to help develop learner self-regulatory skills can be facilitated by technology 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 19
  20. 20. Three thematic ideas for institutions to enhance practices Idea 3 Institutions can better prepare for supporting student employability through technology in five key ways » Embedding and aligning technology for employability into polices, plans and resources » Developing staff digital literacies for employability – for themselves and their students. » Technology tools, resources, infrastructure and support for employability and student-centred flexible curricula » Improving communication and collaborations to drive change in technology for employability » Quality assuring and continuous improvement through employability data monitoring, analytics and review 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 20
  21. 21. Technology for employability – a framework 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 21 Technology- enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology- enhanced lifelong learning and employability Technology- enhanced employability skills development Employer-focused digital literacy development Digital communications and engagement with employers
  22. 22. Technology for employability – a framework » Active and “real world” learning experiences – supported by technologies – that help to develop employability skills » Simulated experiences 22 Technology- enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences 27/05/2015 Technology for employability
  23. 23. Technology for employability – a framework » Researching, identifying and developing contacts and relationships with employers » Developing “digital” and “employability” identity » Developing “digital collateral” as evidence of student “rounded self” » Showcasing student “rounded self” to employers and personal clients 23 Technology- enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Digital communications and engagement with employers 27/05/2015 Technology for employability
  24. 24. Technology for employability – a framework » Self-directed personal and professional learning (planning, reflection, managing, recording, review) – supported by technology » (Digital) feedback and engagement with a variety of stakeholders including employers to help develop learner self-regulatory skills » Employer-supported/ related assessment for learning 24 Technology- enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology- enhanced lifelong learning and employability Digital communications and engagement with employers 27/05/2015 Technology for employability
  25. 25. Technology for employability – a framework » Learner skills diagnostics » Technology-enhanced development for skills gaps » Computer-aided assessment 25 Technology- enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology- enhanced lifelong learning and employability Technology- enhanced employability skills development Digital communications and engagement with employers 27/05/2015 Technology for employability
  26. 26. Technology for employability – a framework » Developing student technology-enhanced employability skills 26 Technology- enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology- enhanced lifelong learning and employability Technology- enhanced employability skills development Employer-focused digital literacy development Digital communications and engagement with employers 27/05/2015 Technology for employability
  27. 27. Technology for employability – a framework 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 27 Technology- enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology- enhanced lifelong learning and employability Technology- enhanced employability skills development Employer-focused digital literacy development Digital communications and engagement with employers
  28. 28. Activity » Using the templates on your tables, consider what ‘effective practice’ looks like for one or more of the five dimensions above 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 28
  29. 29. Concept development Shaping the recommendations – how to get fromA to B 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 29
  30. 30. Options for Jisc to consider to support the sector Options So far, from our research, we are recommending that Jisc can potentially support institutions in six key ways » Benchmarking and effective practice toolkits » Easily accessible, usable and navigable resources » Facilitating an institution-led communications and engagement plan » Online spaces to support creative collaborations between institutions, students, alumni, employers and professional & sector bodies » Support services to institutions » Staff-student-employer partnerships 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 30
  31. 31. Activity » Select a cluster of ‘what ifs’ and get into groups » Decide as a group which of the ideas you’d like to work up in more detail as ‘solutions’ » Develop the ‘solution cards’ for presenting back at the end 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 31
  32. 32. Related Jisc activity Where to find out more » Prospect to alumnus - jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/prospect-to-alumnus » e-Portfolios – updated guide currently in development - jisc.ac.uk/eportfolio » Students asAgents of Change - jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/change-agents-network » Digital Literacies - jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital-literacies » Assessment and employability - bit.ly/jisc-assess » Curriculum Design - bit.ly/jisccdd » Lifelong Learning andWorkforce Development - repository.jisc.ac.uk/5993/ 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 32
  33. 33. Prospect to Alumnus – Employability Data Services project 33 a) Employability Skills Match* and Data Services: enabling learners to demonstrate soft skills and capabilities, gained through extra-curricular activities (eg P/T work), through open badges pre-defined by employers’ consortia b) Learner Cradle to Grave Data Service** ..that allows students to own & manage a digital record of their educational & extra-curricular achievements throughout their lifelong & life-wide learning.Supporting student credit transfer and mobility. *This will be extended into an Employability Data Service, enhanced by an updated Higher EducationAchievement Record (HEAR) **This will integrate HEAR, Personal Learner Record, Enterprise Passport and open badges.
  34. 34. Find out more » Lisa Gray - lisa.gray@jisc.ac.uk » Peter Chatterton peter.chatterton@daedalus-e-world.com » Geoff Rebbeck - grebbeck@me.com » Googledocs: bit.ly/1blC97E and bit.ly/1GaYdKx » Project page: jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/developing-student- employability » Join the conversation on the blog: employabilityproject.jiscinvolve.org/ » and on twitter #jiscemployability 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 34
  35. 35. Also on the horizon…. Higher Education Academy » Embedding employability strategic enhancement programme » 37 Higher Education institutions » Using the HEA employability framework - heacademy.ac.uk/node/6797 » Completing end of July 2015 Joint AGCAS / CRA seminar » Presenting yourself for the 21stCentury’ » Birmingham City University, Monday 8th June » Register at: tinyurl.com/k9jxncr 27/05/2015 Technology for employability 35

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