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ePortfolio & Graduate Qualities:the Science experience

  • Professor Rob Whelan (Dean)

  • Professor John Morrison & Ms Marina McGlinn

    School of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Graduate qualities a history
Graduate Qualities - a history

  • ‘Graduate attributes’ for AUQA

  • Not a good scorecard

  • 5 ‘Graduate Qualities’ to replace them

  • University-wide… to be expanded for specific faculties or courses

  • How?


Faculty of science process

ePortfolio

project

Faculty of Science process

Mapping

project

FEC

FEC

Advisory

Committee

forum

Course-

specific

GQs

Advisory

Committee

working group

FECworking

group



Faculty advisory committee1
Faculty Advisory Committee

  • Forum – October 2006

    Robin Batterham, Steve Morton, Ron Ekers

    Training & education needs for Uni Science graduates in 21st Century

  • Working group – June 2007

    Committee & FEC & Advanced Science students


Graduate qualities
Graduate Qualities

  • Informed

    Sound knowledge, apply it, understand development

  • Independentlearners

    New ideas & critical analysis, research & reflection, source and acknowledge information

  • Problem solvers

    Logical, critical & creative thinking, decision-making, innovation & flexibility

  • Effective communicators

    Range of media, collaboration & negotiation, awareness of cultural differences

  • Responsible

    Respect other points of view, make ethical choices, respect diversity, act with integrity


Pilot
Pilot

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science

    ENVI391/491 (spring 2007)

    Capstone subject - integrating across disciplines

  • “Prepare a personal ePortfolio and submit a report on how the evidence collected and reflected on demonstrates your progress towards the work-related skills or 'goals' necessary for a Science graduate.” 5%


Some outcomes
Some outcomes…

  • Generally poor response - didn’t find it easy to:

    Define & interpret ‘goals’ in the tool

    Assign evidence to graduate qualities and science-specific skills

    Reflect on attainment

    Use the ePortfolio tool


Some other outcomes
Some other outcomes…

  • Students added examples from outside Uni work

  • Reported that it highlighted career-relevant skills

  • Used published ads to identify skills needed


March 2008 survey
March 2008 survey

  • Increased self-awareness of acquisition of GQs

  • Revealed different ways of displaying skills

  • Wanted ePortfolio archived

  • Made available to potential employer - got summer job

  • Need it at start of degree - add to it progressively


Where to next

ePortfolio

project

Where to next?

Mapping

project

FEC

FEC

Advisory

Committee

forum

Course-

specific

GQs

Advisory

Committee

working group

FECworking

group


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