Enhancing graduate employability of the 21st century learner

Shelley Kinash, Linda H Crane

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Abstract

Today’s higher education students want choice, personalisation, efficiency and relevance leading to maximal outcomes, including employment. They need heightened media literacy and advanced higher order thinking, which can be facilitated through technology-enhanced pedagogies. The reported research inquired into how higher education can heighten graduate employability in the context of 21st century learning. Analysed Australian national data from 705 completed surveys, and interviews/focus groups with 147 people revealed that there are discrepancies between stakeholder groups (students, graduates, higher education personnel and employers) that must be acknowledged and rectified if the 21st century learner is to maximise employability. Research results indicated that the primary strategy towards improving graduate employability is supported participation in work experience, internships and placements. Furthermore, interviewed stakeholders advocated that employability in the 21st century requires that students pursue a well-rounded experience including extra- and co-curricular activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival 2015
Subtitle of host publicationMobile learning, MOOCs and 21st century learning
EditorsD Churchill, T K F Chiu, N J Gu
Place of PublicationChina
PublisherInternational Mobile Learning Festival
Pages148-171
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Mobile Learning Festival: Mobile learning, MOOCs and 21st century learning - Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 22 May 201523 May 2015
Conference number: 4th

Conference

ConferenceInternational Mobile Learning Festival
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period22/05/1523/05/15

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    Kinash, S., & Crane, L. H. (2015). Enhancing graduate employability of the 21st century learner. In D. Churchill, T. K. F. Chiu, & N. J. Gu (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival 2015: Mobile learning, MOOCs and 21st century learning (pp. 148-171). International Mobile Learning Festival. http://imlf.mobi/publications/proceeding2015.pdf