connecting the worlds of learning and work, alt-c 2011, kirstie coolin

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Employability and efficiency are key drivers for UK Higher Education Institutions in light of current Government Higher Education policy and the economic context. At the same time, Universities are challenged with responding to student demands in a competitive HE marketplace. How can these be reconciled to safeguard value-added services for students? The University of Nottingham’s Centre for International ePortfolio Development SAMSON project is sharing services to promote student employability and to streamline how information is shared between students, universities and employers for the benefit all. This presentation will describe three pilots which address communication and collaboration between the parties involved in work placement and Career and Professional Development to demonstrate how a more joined-up and satisfactory experience can be realised for students, employers, academics and administrators.


  • 1. Fishing through the iceConnecting the worlds of learning and workAlt-C 2011, LeedsKirstie CoolinCentre for International ePortfolioDevelopmentUniversity of
  • 2. 3 JISC-funded Projects1.SAMSON 2009 - 2011 Workforce development and lifelong learning Data sharing and communication between student, employee, academic and business ESCAPES 2010-2012 Relationship Management blueprinting the Placement Experience - Improving processes for better student experience SHED 2010-2012 Learning and Teaching Innovation student/employer matching - Unlocking institutional data for knowledge exchange
  • 3. University DriversSailing the stormy seas of... herg Employability Efficiency Student Experience Business Engagement
  • 4. 3-way conversationStudent, Academic and Employer
  • 5. An Example A Placement Pilot 2 month industrial placements for MSc students at the School of Biosciences 180 MSc Placement students 10 Academic staff 15 Employers 1 Placement Manager 1 Mahara ePortfolio
  • 6. What was the purpose of the Mahara ePortfolio? An online space to store and present work Create and present weekly reports on project progress Record and track professional and academic skills gained whilst on the placement Multi-way communication between Student, Academic Supervisor, Placement Manager and Employer Supervisor A central place for the Placements Manager to coordinate, track, monitor and identify early any issues Announcements, share relevant news items
  • 7. What did the students, staff and employers say?
  • 8. Outcomes Better feedback management Closer links between the University and Employer Better project planning and dissertation support Professionalism as a learning outcome Peer interaction with current and former students Easily reviewed placement record Improved relationships with their mentors Received guidance and steer on work-based projects from their employer Significant efficiency improvements in placement administration
  • 9. Frank Hurley
  • 10. Thank you for listeningKirstie for International ePortfolio DevelopmentUniversity of NottinghamThe Centre for International ePortfolio Development (CIePD) are an autonomous Centre within the University of Nottinghams Information Services.Our aims are to deliver projects that maximise the efficiency of information flow in order to support educational stakeholders access seamless ICT services and quality


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