ePortfolios to promote employability in Health students Faculty Spark - View, reflect and apply
Last updated on 30/10/2019
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Dr Andrew Pearson discusses his use of ePortfolios, badges and LinkedIn to encourage career awareness in Foundation Year Health students.
To enhance the quality of this course and student learning outcomes, Dr Pearson was presented with the idea to embed an employability assessment that would encourage students to think about long term career goals. The course was a very content heavy course with a quite traditional assessment approach before the employability aspect was raised. In order to make the assessment beneficial Dr Pearson determined that it needed to be Achievable, Meaningful and Manageable. Because of the heavy science nature of this course, there were limitations about the type of assessment that could be undertaken. So the most suitable assessment type was to create an ePortfolio.
The assessment item was for students to create an ePortfolio
- Drop in computer tutorials were run to provide assistance
- LinkedIn profiles were required to be created or updated with photo, education, experiences, skills etc., linked to their ePortfolio
- Students were required to join Griffith and external groups and have those linked if possible on their LinkedIn profile
- Students had to complete the Academic Integrity module on Learning@Griffith and write a reflection on their profile about academic integrity
- Badges were awarded when students achieved 90% on quizzes. These could then be displayed on their profiles.
Some of the work received exceeded expectations with variety, content, design and layout. The thought and effort the students put into their work really showed they were vested in their long term career interests and how they portrayed themselves to prospective employers. One student sent informal feedback saying "it was one of the best assignments".
Dr Pearson discusses his use of LinkedIn and badges in his Celebrating Teaching Week 2015 presentation.
Please contact Dr Pearson if you would like to learn more about how he added ePortfolios to his assessment and course. Learning Futures also has resources available regarding using ePortfolios. If you would like to learn how to add employability skills into your course work, contact the Careers and Employment service.
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