Using the Student E-portfolio as a Learning Tool to Assist in the Transition to Employment

McCowan, Colin R. & Finn, Fran A. (2008) Using the Student E-portfolio as a Learning Tool to Assist in the Transition to Employment. In Australian Association of Career Counsellors 17th National Career Conference, 26 – 28 March, Hobart, Australia.

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In 2004, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) developed a multi-purpose Student e-Portfolio (Se-P) which is now used by 27,000 students in 27 different programs ranging from self-initiated use to being fully embedded into the curriculum. Although one of its major purposes is as a dynamic learning tool, it also has as its primary focus a set of employability skills or competencies and scaffolding which enables students to build, reflect on, and evidence their skills in preparation for a successful transition to relevant employment. Employers and employer bodies have strongly endorsed the QUT SeP and its processes and the contribution it is making to positive graduate outcomes. Two specific examples of its use are outlined. One is its usefulness in preparing students to implement a high quality career development system into their role as future human resource professionals working as consultants or in large organisations upon graduation. The second is the significant role it plays in preparing for accrediting nurse practitioner professionals through their relevant nursing council and in assisting these students comprehend how their complex curriculum prepares them for this journey.

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ID Code: 19478
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Student E-portfolio, Transition to Employment, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Administrative Services
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2009 01:22
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2009 01:22

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