Info, actions and ideas from our webinar “Preparing for employability in a digital age”

Lisa, Geoff and myself were a bit daunted when we found out that we had 400 registrations for our Webinar on the 25 January, but when everyone started introducing themselves in the text chat, it was so exciting to see people from so many different roles and from across the HE, FE and skills sectors. As the Webinar progressed, it was also great to see so many contributions of ideas and links to resources. This blog post is intended to summarise the info, actions and ideas that arose from the Webinar. In addition, I’ve used the previous blog post to list the questions that were asked in the text-chat and I’ve provided some brief responses to these, as we were not able to respond to them all in the time available.

Watch the recording of the Webinar

If you missed the Webinar you can view a Webinar recording as well as read a Storify of the event. The PowerPoint used on the Webinar is also available on SlideShare.


Info about the Webinar

The Webinar was held on the 25 January 2016 and it was based on our “Technology for Employability” report. In addition to the full report, a quick read report is available together with the higher education (HE) and further education (FE) case studies.

Mind-map “The employable student”

Several of the participants asked about the “employable student” mind-map – it is contained with our report but you can also view it on a MindMeister site or as a PDF file on SlideShare (which you can download).


Toolkit: “Preparing for employability in a digital age”

I’m going to continue with a brief mention of some work that we are carrying out to produce a toolkit based on our report for use by institutions, particularly programme teams. The idea is to produce something highly practical that can be used to help teams reflect on and review current practices for developing student employability in a digital age and facilitate ideas generation, discussions and planning for enhancing practices through e.g. incorporating employability and digital approaches into programme design. We’ll be updating this blog with progress on the toolkit and we hope to launch it in March. If you have any suggestions for what to include in the toolkit, please either contact me ( or make a comment in response to the blog.

Showcase your work!

Our report contains twenty Higher education (HE) and further education (FE) case studies as well as twenty vignettes, however responses in the Webinar have highlighted that there are so many more examples of excellent practices including creative uses of technology to support development of student employability. We would therefore like to invite you all to use this blog to showcase your work through the preparation of short case studies and links to your work. If you would like to do this, please contact Lisa ( Each case study should include a summary of your activities under the following headings:

  • Title
  • Summary
  • Organisation
  • Context and challenge
  • The approach
  • Benefits/impact
  • Lessons learnt, next steps and sustainability
  • Contact and links

Summary of resources discussed

There was a high degree of engagement in the text-chat and some of the ideas and links are given below:

  • Don Presant reported on a US project – the LRNG initiative that adopts the Connected Learning theme – a spinoff of Cities of Learning for youth at risk in the community.
  • Andrea reported on her presentation at EUNIS 2015 on use of an e-portfolio and a social media platform as a means of students highlighting to employers the skills they are developing from placement and classroom. The paper will be published in the EUNIS journal – see page 156 in the book of abstracts.
  • Hazel Kindley and Ross Anderson reported on trialling of Kloodle, a social network for students, teachers and employers.
  • Andrea reported on lifewide learning.
  • Geoff Rebbeck described a school using Mahara with Year 7 students: see the FE case studies for a vignette on this topic.
  • Sarah gave details of the University of Southampton “Mission Employable” case study, published in the Jisc Journal of Innovation, Partnership and Change.
  • Amy Penney described, within Wiltshire, how the LA is running an Enterprise adviser project where businesses are linking to schools to get them more employability ready. They are running workshops, delivering talks and even getting involved in mock interviews etc
  • Annabel Smoker reported how in Southampton they run an Employability Week programme every autumn comprising motivational speakers, employer presentations, panels, theatre, workshops and interactive leadership activities for their Faculty of Health Sciences students (all disciplines). This is supported by employers and their University Careers and Employability Service, and includes a session on Your Digital footprint. She reflected that now they need to focus more on the digital element. They have electronic assessment of practice portfolio with built in Employability section.
  • Further Jisc resources which may be of interest include:

Any comments?

Please post any comments, questions or suggestions as a Reply to this blog post (see below). Alternatively, you can e-mail us:

Peter Chatterton

Lisa Gray, Jisc,

Geoff Rebbeck,

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