Assessing for Employability Symposium

Explore how assessment and feedback can develop our student's professional identity and capability

The Assessing for Employability Symposium was held on Tuesday 24 October at the Gold Coast campus. This event showcased good practice in employability-focused assessment and explored ways that assessment and feedback can develop our student's professional identity and capability.

Presentations and other resources from these sessions will be available soon.

Program

Session Details
Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome Associate Professor Therese Wilson (Acting Dean (Learning and Teaching), Arts, Education and Law and Professor Ross Guest (Dean (Learning and Teaching), Griffith Business School)

Assessing the Reluctant Entrepreneur

Presented by Dr Diana Tolmie

Chaired by Associate Professor Therese Wilson

Ticking all the boxes: Engaging and authentic assessment design to preserve academic integrity and promote employability

Presented by Associate Professor Popi Sotiriadou, Danielle Logan and Dr Amanda Daly

Chaired by Professor Ross Guest (Dean (Learning and Teaching), Griffith Business School)

Know thyself: Assessment designed to support student recognition and promotion of their skills

Presented by Associate Professor Helen Massa

Chaired by Professor Nick Buys (Dean (Learning and Teaching), Health)

Assessing Employability across a Professional Program: A case study from the Bachelor of Engineering

Presented by Dr Deanne Skelly, Simon Howell and Gayle Brent

Chaired by Dr Deanne Skelly (Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching), Griffith Sciences)

IRU Vice Chancellors’ Fellow

Presented by Associate Professor Jessica Vanderlelie

Featured presentations

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Dr Diana Tolmie (Arts, Education and Law)

Assessing the Reluctant Entrepreneur

The My Life as a Musician vocation preparation core strand for Bachelor of Music undergraduates is designed to foster degree and industry engagement, explore nascent entrepreneurial strengths and develop career confidence. Formative and summative assessment contributes to the experiential learning of hard and soft career support skills. The processes and outcomes of these will be discussed further supported by recent research regarding the development of these courses.

Read more about Diana's presentation

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Associate Professor Popi Sotiriadou, Danielle Logan and Dr Amanda Daly (Griffith Business School)

Ticking all the boxes: Engaging and authentic assessment design to preserve academic integrity and promote employability

The session will show how innovative authentic assessment design can engage students, discourage academic misconduct and build skills that advance graduate employability. Moreover, the template presented in this session can result in significant improvement in student satisfaction of teaching and courses (SET/SEC). This session will be of interest to academics and teaching and learning support staff who wish to address all three of the above strategic priorities in their course design.

Read more about the GBS presentation

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Associate Professor Helen Massa (Griffith Health)

Know thyself: assessment designed to support student recognition and promotion of their skills

Engaging and supporting students to identify, value and market their experience, skills and potential contribution to the wider community is key to promoting their confidence and future success in the workplace. Students within a capstone course for a generic degree program engaged in a nested assessment strategy which aimed to increase student awareness of their individual skills and improve their marketing of these qualities to potential employers.

Read more about Associate Professor Helen Massa's presentation

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Dr Deanne Skelly and Gayle Brent (Griffith Sciences)

Assessing Employability across a Professional Program - A case study from the Bachelor of Engineering

In 2017 the Griffith Sciences Learning and Teaching team, in collaboration with academics in the School of Engineering, developed the Sciences Professional Learning for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) into a PebblePad workbook (Engineering PLUS) that includes a framework for scaffolding transferable skills relevant to the engineering discipline throughout the program. This presentation will provide an overview of Engineering PLUS with examples of how employability has been embedded into key courses with authentic assessment.

Read more about Dr Deanne Skelly's presentation

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Associate Professor Jessica Vanderlelie (IRU Vice Chancellors' Fellow)

IRU Vice Chancellors’ Fellow Presentation

To develop graduates equipped with the skills and capabilities essential for graduate success it is imperative we supercharge their employability. Success in our mission hinges upon the effective engagement of students staff and industry, and the development of authentic curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Read more about Dr Deanne Skelly's presentation

Presentation topics

Assessing the Reluctant Entrepreneur

Presented by Dr Diana Tolmie (Arts, Education and Law)

A shrinking and territorial music industry affected by macro-environmental forces, an increased professional musician population, a lack of respect for the portfolio careerist, and cannibalistic employment practices has forced conservatoires to recently acknowledge the validity of teaching career sustainability skills to music undergraduates.

The My Life as a Musician vocation preparation core strand for Bachelor of Music undergraduates is designed to foster degree and industry engagement, explore nascent entrepreneurial strengths and develop career confidence. Formative and summative assessment contributes to the experiential learning of hard and soft career support skills. The processes and outcomes of these will be discussed further supported by recent research regarding the development of these courses.

About Dr Diana Tolmie

A recipient of the Churchill Fellowship Award and the Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholarship to explore clarinet and bass clarinet pedagogy with world-class musicians, more recently Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts funding has contributed to Diana's saxophone activities. This included her featured solo with the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra in the 2015 XVII World Saxophone Congress; and the commissioning and recording of new Australian works for the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra.

In addition to recently completing her doctoral studies regarding best-practice preparation for musicians' careers, Diana is full time Lecturer, Professional Practice at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University passionately teaching pedagogy, musicians’ health and vocational preparation. Her teaching excellence has been recognised and awarded an AEL Group Learning & Teaching Citation (2014), and a Highly Commended in the “Employability within the Curriculum” category of the Griffith University Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2016).

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Ticking all the boxes: Engaging and authentic assessment design to preserve academic integrity and promote employability

Presented by Associate Professor Popi Sotiriadou, Danielle Logan and Dr Amanda Daly (Griffith Business School)

This project addresses three key areas of strategic priority in the teaching and learning space in higher education: graduate employability, student engagement and academic integrity. This session will provide attendees with a template that draws together these seemingly unrelated areas into examples of dynamically designed authentic assessments.

The session will show how innovative authentic assessment design can engage students, discourage academic misconduct and build skills that advance graduate employability. Moreover, the template presented in this session can result in significant improvement in student satisfaction of teaching and courses (SET/SEC). This session will be of interest to academics and teaching and learning support staff who wish to address all three of the above strategic priorities in their course design.

About the project team

The Griffith Business School is committed to high quality business and public sector education and research, with a special focus on sustainable business development and responsible leadership. In preparing our students for meaningful future employment, the Dean (Learning and Teaching) actively sponsors research designed to produce new and innovative solutions to support strategic priorities.

Since 2015, the research team of Associate Professor Popi Sotiriadou, an Associate Professor of Sport Management and Chair of the GBS Teaching Community of Practice, Blended Learning Advisor Danielle Logan and Dr Amanda Daly, Lecturer and Bachelor of Business First Year Coordinator, have worked together with Professor Ross Guest, Dean Learning and Teaching, to develop and trial a new authentic assessment design. They have been invited to speak at international universities and recently presented a paper at the AACE World e-Learn Conference. A manuscript is currently being finalised for publication.

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Know thyself: Assessment designed to support student recognition and promotion of their skills

Presented by Associate Professor Helen Massa (Griffith Health)

Engaging and supporting students to identify, value and market their experience, skills and potential contribution to the wider community is key to promoting their confidence and future success in the workplace. Students within a capstone course for a generic degree program engaged in a nested assessment strategy which aimed to increase student awareness of their individual skills and improve their marketing of these qualities to potential employers.

The assessment tasks comprised an identification phase, a marketing phase and a selling phase, where each student initially reflected to identify their skills and experience, followed by production of a brief video presenting these attributes. A combination of learning opportunities supported development and practice of their individual interview skills using video and person to person interviews. Students gained confidence in identifying and presenting their skills, aiming for future employment.

About Associate Professor Helen Massa

Associate Professor Helen Massa always uses a student focus to inform the design of the student learning experiences she creates. She has designed and supported active learning opportunities across many professions within the Health discipline in her discipline of Anatomy at course, program and discipline level, leading the establishment of Anatomy within Griffith and was awarded an OLT citation.

As the former program director for a generic Health program she has a long term commitment to supporting students within this generic program to successfully plan their future study or attain their employment goals. Helen co-designed and is currently convening the capstone course for the Bachelor of Health Science, in which the central focus is to engage student interest in their pre and post –graduation degree planning, recognition and of their individual employability skills and development of student communication skills.

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Assessing Employability across a Professional Program: A case study from the Bachelor of Engineering

Presented by Dr Deanne Skelly (Griffith Sciences)

Engineering is a professional program and graduates need to be well-grounded, qualified professionals with advanced engineering knowledge and a good understanding of what is means to be a professional engineer. To meet this challenge the Bachelor of Engineering needs to embed professional practice into the curriculum for first year and then scaffold this through to the final year where students formally undertake a Professional Practice course and an Industry Affiliates Project.

In 2017 the Griffith Sciences Learning & Teaching team, in collaboration with academics in the School of Engineering, developed the Sciences Professional Learning for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) into a PebblePad workbook (Engineering PLUS) that includes a framework for scaffolding transferable skills relevant to the engineering discipline throughout the program. This presentation will provide an overview of Engineering PLUS with examples of how employability has been embedded into key courses with authentic assessment.

About Dr Deanne Skelly

Dr Deanne Skelly (nee Hryciw): obtained a PhD in Physiology in 2000 from the University of South Australia. Her interest in pedagogy was initiated following a completion of the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Queensland), and reinforced by the completion of the Melbourne University Teaching Certificate in 2015.

In 2016, Deanne was recruited to Griffith University as the Deputy Dean Learning and Teaching (Sciences), with her role focused on WIL and student success and retention. She has published 7 educational manuscripts, and presented her educational research both nationally and internationally. She is also an associate editor for the World Journal of Education and currently is the National Secretary for the Australian Physiological Society.

About Gayle Brent

Gayle Brent is the Employability Curriculum Consultant in the Griffith Sciences Group. Gayle’s area of interest is developing and implementing strategies to enhance staff and student understanding of employability, in both curricular and extra-curricular contexts. Gayle has a unique perspective on the challenges students experience at various stages of the student life-cycle, having worked in roles that span outreach, orientation and transition, career development and alumni engagement. She applies innovative, creative solutions to enhance student engagement, retention and success.

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IRU Vice Chancellors’ Fellow Presentation

Presented by Associate Professor Jessica Vanderlelie (IRU Vice Chancellors’ Fellow)

To develop graduates equipped with the skills and capabilities essential for graduate success it is imperative we supercharge their employability. Success in our mission hinges upon the effective engagement of students staff and industry, and the development of authentic curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Through the IRU Vice Chancellors' fellowship the Innovative Research Universities are collaborating to research, design and implement scalable, leading-edge approaches to student and graduate success with a focus on supporting employability.

About Associate Professor Jessica Vanderlelie

Associate Professor Vanderlelie is a senior academic from Griffith University that has been recognised nationally for her work in graduate employability and innovation. As the Innovative Research Universities Vice Chancellor's Fellow, Jessica leads a series of strategic projects across the network's 7 member universities that focus on designing scalable approaches supporting student success through authentic partnerships between industry, students and the academy.

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