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Digital footprints: The transformation of measuring employability in higher education settings

Thursday, 29 October 2020

The capacity for UK Higher Education (HE) careers and employability services to collect and analyse career thinking and employability enhancing experience data - Careers Registration data - has provided unprecedented insight into levels of student career planning, (work) experience gained, and sectors of interest (Cobb, 2019, Winter, 2018).  This webinar reflects on the findings from the national careers registration learning gain project, to identify the ways in which careers and employability delivery has fundamentally changed since the introduction of Careers Registration (Gilworth and Thambar, 2013), and the ‘data explosion’ (Long & Siemens, 2011) faced by higher education institutions.  Drawing from the final research report, this session will unpack the key trends and findings from the learning gain pilot and consider the impact for stakeholder engagement and graduate employability, and consider the current Covid-19 context increasing the reliance on and importance of digital platforms to support and track employability development in a virtual learning context.  

 
Keynote address:
 
Fiona Cobb, Research Co-ordinator, The Careers Group, University of London
https://london.ac.uk/ways-study/study-campus-london/careers-group-university-london
Fiona Cobb is an experienced social researcher, offering research support and guidance to higher education (HE) Careers and Employability staff using research to enhance their practice. Fiona is the global expert in Careers Registration, and successfully led a three-year OfS Learning Gain project, investigating the use of Careers Registration as a measure of learning gain in relation to career readiness.  Fiona continues to develop the Careers Registration support model for the Careers Group and the wider HE sector both in the UK and internationally.  Fiona chairs the AGCAS Data Insights On-course data sub group, whose purpose is to support and share best practice in the processing and interpretation of student data.  Previous experience includes working on mixed methodology HE research projects, focusing on retention, widening participation, and inclusion in higher education.
 

Network: Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning
Date(s): Thursday, 29 October 2020
Times: 11:00 - 12:30
Signup Deadline: Monday, 26 October 2020
Location: Online event, link will be provided
Lunch Provided: No
Spaces Left: Places available
Prices: Members: Free, Guests: Free
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