Posted on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 10am
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
As part of our commitment to improving teaching enhanced learning and developing our approaches to blended learning, our second year BSc Business Studies students have been using Showbie, an online tool to assign, collect and review student work.
At the beginning of their Work Experience module, they were asked to complete a skills audit, before comparing their results with research from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (2012)*. This revealed how their current skills-set meets industry needs and also provides them with a foundation for personal development targets; some of which could be achieved through their subsequent work placement. Students were then tasked with compiling this information into a ‘Dear Diary’ entry which they word processed and uploaded, accompanied by photographs of their completed skills audit to their virtual class.
Throughout the module students will repeat this, refining the process by uploading handwritten entries, video diaries and supporting evidence such as non-confidential records and photographs of completed tasks to the Showbie website. The tutor then delivers regular feedback on these log entries which they will receive instantaneously through Showbie to help scaffold their knowledge on effective practice before they complete their final reflective log summary.
For anyone considering developing their career in a specific industry, the relevant UK Commission for Employment and Skills website publishes up to date industry reports which identify current and future skills requirements. Furthermore, Showbie is an excellent tool for anyone to record their personal development, as well as advance their information technology and reflective practices.
*UK Commission for Employment and Skills 2012. Sector Skills Insights: Professional and Business Services: Evidence Report 56. Wath-Upon-Dearne: UK Commission for Employment and Skills.