AU Case Studies - Expo LX Wiki used for e-PDP portfolios

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AU Case Studies - Expo LX Wiki used for e-PDP portfolios

 DepartmentFor use by all departments, developed by the Careers Service
 Staff member Julie Keenan, jkk@aber.ac.uk
 YearStarting AY2008/9, full roll-out for all departments AY2009/10

Gwella funding has provided an opportunity for the university to try out a different and more holistic approach to personal development planning (PDP) which enables students to link directly to carefully chosen online resources to support their transition from home to university, study skills, academic work and career planning.

We developed our new approach as a result of a review of the paper based approach to PDP which recommended an online approach would provide more context and support for students and staff by being able to link quickly to a wide range of online employability resources developed by the careers service. 

When Information Services purchased Campus Pack in April 2008, my elearning adviser, Mary Jacob, showed me how it integrated well with Blackboard and how easy it was to use the wiki in the Expo area of Campus Pack to create a PDP Portfolio for undergraduate students.  

In summer 2008 students, academic staff and central services contributed their ideas to the development of the PDP Portfolio and as a result more focused support for student academic work and relevant signposting to related central services was built into the portfolio.  

Presentations at various conferences in 2008-9 to others interested in online approaches to PDP have been very positive.

In September 2008 we were able to begin our pilot of the PDP Portfolio with staff and first year undergraduate students in the Psychology Department and the School of Management and Business.  This year the Year 1 PDP Portfolio is being made available to all undergraduate students across the university and the Year 2 PDP Portfolio pilot is underway. 

PDP portfiolio is different from APPR

  • It’s online and embedded within Blackboard – a familiar environment for most tutors
  • No hefty key skills analysis and students guided towards undertaking one action plan for development – or they can do 3 
  • Supports your student’s holistic development - Your students will be able to link directly to carefully chosen online resources to support their transition from home to university, study skills, academic work and career planning 
  • Reduces the burden - More focused support for academic work and relevant signposting to related central services can reduce the support needs of students and take the burden off academic staff
  • Flexibility - It’s flexible enough to accommodate your individual departmental and subject specific approach while also providing a common framework
  • Helps students to articulate understanding and achievement - An electronic record ensures that your students’ understanding and achievement can be recalled and articulated to admissions tutors and employers in the future

More support for Staff

  • Forthcoming CDSAP sessions include “How to integrate eAPPR into your learning and teaching” – new for 2009-10. 
  • A toolkit for personal tutors is being developed to support the delivery of eAPPR and which will include useful links to related AU student support services
  • A presentation about PDP can be made to your department by contacting Julie Keenan jkk@aber.ac.uk

What to do next?

The project is still in development, that is, text and pictures and layout can still be changed, so please pass on your suggestions for change to Julie Keenan (jkk@aber.ac.uk) or request an additional small group or one-to-one session at your desktop.

Created by Mary Jacob on 08/10/2009
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