Skill Clouds Project Briefing Sept08

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1. SkillClouds:briefing and next steps

  • The overall aims of todays session are:
  • An overall briefing on the background, current progress and short term plans of the SkillClouds project
  • To look further ahead and think about its future direction

2. SkillClouds:briefing and next steps 3.

  • Three types of activities with learners

User-centred design sessions Tag cloud experiment Card sorting sessions 4.

  • User Centred Design sessions
  • Anthropology
  • Engineering & Design
  • Student Reps from range of subjects

Students were strongly in favour of the pervasive, browse-style SkillClouds approach, and the idea that skills information would come to their desktops without them needing to search for it. In general they liked the tag cloud presentation of skills and the ability to drill down to deeper information on a given skill.General consensus away from weighting skills No strong preference for a user-generated content approach 5. Students ability to articulate their skills I think its quite hard to think about yourself in terms of your skills, especially when writing a CV and trying to sell yourself to employers if someone asks what skills youve got -I dont know! Like Im friendly andcan write an essay ! 6. Students experiences of skills information

  • Its quite difficult. We dont say right, were learning this skill and this skill.We just say were writing an essay or doing whatever course - its not thought of in terms of skills.

They put it in our course documents, our skills or learning objectives or something, but I dont think anyone ever reads that, because they all say the same thing. 7. Card sorting exercise 15. Woo! It knows things about me Im quite amazed ! This looks exciting keywords [..] I can put in all those words you feel stupid for using like team work but then you know [that] these are the words they are probably looking for [It] gives me ideas of how I can assert skills better on a CV and mention things I wouldnt have thought of [Id] use it more as a springboard than a copy and paste. I think its really useful to have these initial headings and ways you can get across you have these skills and not sell yourself short [..] where it came up with all the synonyms of how to describe a skill I think that is really useful and something I would use as well 16. Next steps

  • Autumn term - pilot the tool
    • Career Development course for Biology & Environmental Sciences
    • A selected large degree programme within HUMS/SOCCUL
  • Work on including student generated content
  • Work with any universities who are interested in exploring the tool

17. University dataStudent data 18. Options for student generated data

  • Students can simply add/remove items from the cloud
  • Students can increase/decrease an individual tag in to reflect current priorities (and can save the cloud in this state)
  • Data recorded as part of Sussex Plus can allow students to record activities as tags that can be drawn into their cloud

19. How SkillClouds and Sussex Plus could be linked Jo writes a reflective piece on her webpageCan view a display of skills derived from SkillClouds skill databaseLeadership Team-work Interpersonal 20. Two years later 21. Posted by Jo 22. Options for University sources of skills data 23. Source: University-level data

  • Very cheap
  • One set of default resources
  • May lack credibility
  • Ignores importance of authenticity
  • Cheap
  • Bringing in some elements of personalisation
  • Skills not tailored very closely to the individual
  • Careers experts can populate the cloud

Source: School-level data 24. Source: Degree-level dataSource: Course-level data

  • Potential for high level of personalisation - could reflect actuality of students choices i.e. electives, options
  • Cloud could help inform course choice
  • Skills may be similar across courses so could end up with degree-level cloud despite substantial investment
  • Expensive to collect for all courses high level of academic input
  • Positives:
  • Reflects the core degree skills
  • High level of authenticity
  • Negatives:
  • Skills not tailored very closely to the individual
  • Requires more academic input

25. Map assessment types to skills

  • Relatively inexpensive in terms of resource requirements
  • Links skills with assessment
  • Not all skills will be covered
  • Wont always know when a skill is in a course
  • Cloud may not be very rich if assessments are similar across courses