Engaging employers in the assessment of student portfolios
Whilst key drivers in UK HE are concerned with employability, the opportunities for students to meet employers are few and far between. If they do take place, employers may talk to students, but they rarely get the opportunity to see or comment on student work. Likewise, students may find it difficult to build their portfolios (either those containing real artefacts, or skills portfolios) without meeting an employer and understanding their perspective. In this seminar we will discuss an HEA Teaching Development Grant-supported project that sought to address this issue by getting employers to have an input into the development of, and assessing of final year Music Technology student portfolios. Through a distinct two phase engagement, the project sought to examine whether the relevance and quality of student work, together with their aspiration and performance was impacted by industry-orientated involvement. This session will look back on the project and highlight ways in which academic staff at Coventry may use some of the techniques applied and examined in order to better embed employability into the student experience by involving employers in assessment and feedback.
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Further details of the HEA Individual Teaching Grant project can be found at – http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/teaching-development-grants/individual-round-3/graduate-meets-employer
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