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How can technology help to prepare learners for the world of work?

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How can technology help to prepare learners for the world of work? Delivered by Lisa Gray, Peter Chatterton and Geoff Rebbeck at the Learning and teaching practice experts group, 22 April 2015

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How can technology help to prepare learners for the world of work?

  1. 1. Lisa Gray, Peter Chatterton and Geoff Rebbeck 22/04/2015 How can technology help to prepare learners for the world of work?
  2. 2. Overview »Background and context › Why is this important? › Technology as an enabler › Introduction to the Jisc employability study »Examples of practice »A framework for ‘technology for employability’ »Institutional readiness….some early thoughts »Key themes and issues »Emerging recommendations »Group activity – identifying good practices Preparing learners for the world of work 2
  3. 3. 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 Preparing learners for the world of work 3 »Technology › 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
  4. 4. Benefits Learners »Efficiently self-direct, plan, manage, evidence and review their lifelong learning and employability »Present and showcase their ‘rounded self’ › Opening up opportunities worldwide »Opportunities for interaction with peers, staff, mentors, employers Employers »Engage digitally literate students, supported by staff, offering potentially added value to the business Preparing learners for the world of work 4 Technology as an enabler…a flavour Institutions »Enhanced engagement with employers › Leading to better understanding of employer needs….and courses that better meet those needs »Efficiencies and cost effectiveness › Virtual reality opportunities particularly at scale › Mapping portfolios, faster progression through courses (~20%)
  5. 5. Jisc employability study »December 2014 - study funded »February - open invitation for examples of practice »April 29th – webinar to share emerging themes and findings »May – study completes › Case studies and vignettes › Analysis of the technology and employability landscape › Issues, challenges, gaps and recommendations »June – next steps identified Preparing learners for the world of work 5
  6. 6. Effective practice examples Table Preparing learners for the world of work 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 Table Preparing learners for the world of work 7 Case studies – FE and skills Institution Subject The Mindset Joint venture between Reed employment and 13 colleges – in campus branches S&BAutos 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 Portland College Project using video, accessed by QR codes to support learners with disabilities ReadingCollege 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 Preparing learners for the world of work 8 Further education and skills InnoTech, South West College, Cookstown, NI
  9. 9. Examples Keele Greenwich virtual law clinic Preparing learners for the world of work 9 Higher education
  10. 10. Title of presentation 00/00/2013 10
  11. 11. Technology for employability Preparing learners for the world of work 11 Technology-enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences  Active and “real world” learning experiences – supported by technologies – that help to develop employability skills  Simulated experiences
  12. 12. Preparing learners for the world of work 12 Technology-enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology-enhanced lifelong learning and employability  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 Technology for employability
  13. 13. Preparing learners for the world of work 13 Technology-enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology-enhanced lifelong learning and employability Digital communications and engagement with employers  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 Technology for employability
  14. 14. Preparing learners for the world of work 14 Technology-enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology-enhanced lifelong learning and employability Technology-enhanced employability skills development Digital communications and engagement with employers  Learner skills diagnostics  Technology-enhanced development for skills gaps  Computer-aided assessment Technology for employability
  15. 15. Preparing learners for the world of work 15 Technology-enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology-enhanced lifelong learning and employability Technology-enhanced employability skills developmentEmployer-focused digital literacy development Digital communications and engagement with employers • Developing student technology-enhanced employability skills Technology for employability
  16. 16. Preparing learners for the world of work 16 Technology-enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology-enhanced lifelong learning and employability Technology-enhanced employability skills developmentEmployer-focused digital literacy development Digital communications and engagement with employers Technology for employability
  17. 17. Preparing learners for the world of work 17 Embedding and aligning technology for employability into polices, plans and resources Staff digital literacies for employability Collaborations and partnerships to drive change in technology for employability QA & continuous improvement through employability data monitoring, analytics and review Technology tools, resources, infrastructure and support for employability Institutional readiness….some early thoughts
  18. 18. Themes » Different visions of ‘maturity’ and variation in approaches to developing employability skills and attributes › FE – focused on ‘line of sight’ to employment » Authentic experiences can develop skills, but depend on the degree of “authenticity” and the degree to which students learn/reflect on them and articulate them » “Lifelong employability in a digital age” needs to be a core student capability, with students encouraged to ‘take ownership’ early on › Curriculum design structures can be a barrier › Are learners routinely challenged to think about their learning experiences or achievements and progression? Preparing learners for the world of work 18 1. Institutions are on various points of the continuum towards student employability “maturity”
  19. 19. Themes » Variation in practices and understanding of potential of technologies – by institutions, students and employers » Many creative uses of technology, but ‘embedding’ remains elusive to many institutions » Digital literacies are underplayed for underpinning employability skills » Employers and HE/FE generally have low aspirations in relation to “digital entrepreneurialism” Preparing learners for the world of work 19 2:Technology is under exploited
  20. 20. Themes » Core employability skills and attributes are typically being addressed, with variations… but they are continually evolving » Unclear the degree to which employers (large and small) are involved in defining and developing employability skills › And not much evidence of institutions evaluating the impact of employability policies / initiatives with employers » Not always easy to identify “truly” authentic learning experiences with employers for ALL students, though there is much potential for student cohorts to work in partnership with employers on “real and challenging” employer/sector problems Preparing learners for the world of work 20 3: Insufficient engagement and partnership working with employers
  21. 21. What does “maturity” look like? …. a scenario “Connected curricula”: » Employability embedded into curricula and assessment » Authentic learning experiences » Inextricably linked to “assessment for learning” and authentic assessment » Includes student articulation and evidencing of experiential learning and employability skills » Maps to QAA “Flexible curricula” framework » Requires a learner-centred connected technology infrastructures » Requires effective employer engagement » Requires joined-up approaches to institutional policies and plans Preparing learners for the world of work 21
  22. 22. Emerging recommendations »Benchmarking tool › to help institutions self-assess ‘technology for employability’, plan enhancements, linked to policies, goals and priorities »Framework making clearer the digital context for employability skills »Online space to support collaborative problem solving with students/ professional bodies/ staff and employers »Collaborative communications and engagement plan to raise awareness Preparing learners for the world of work 22 Some early thoughts…..
  23. 23. Preparing learners for the world of work 23 Technology-enhanced authentic and simulated learning experiences Technology-enhanced lifelong learning and employability Technology-enhanced employability skills developmentEmployer-focused digital literacy development Digital communications and engagement with employers Group activity • Take one of the “Technology for employability” dimensions • Identify good practices record on post-its
  24. 24. Related Jisc activity » e-Portfolios – guidance on what they, how you can use them and successful implementation (new ‘quick guide’ in development) » Students as Agents of Change › www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/change-agents- network » Digital Literacies › www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital- literacies » Assessment and employability › http://bit.ly/jisc-assess » Curriculum Design › Bit.ly/jisccdd » Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development Preparing learners for the world of work 24 Where to find out more + Webinar – 29 April (12pm – 1pm) - registration: http://bit.ly/1DwhZP0
  25. 25. Find out more »Lisa Gray lisa.gray@jisc.ac.uk »Peter Chatterton peter.chatterton@daedalus-e-world.com »Geoff Rebbeck grebbeck@me.com »Project page: jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/developing-student- employability »Join the conversation on the blog: employabilityproject.jiscinvolve.org/ »and on twitter #jiscemployability »e-portfolio resources: www.jisc.ac.uk/eportfolio (new ‘quick guide’ currently in development) Preparing learners for the world of work 25

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