Creatively enhancing employability through video assignment
Taqveem Ahmed - Assistant Educational Technologist | LEaD
Mona Vadher - Employer Engagement Manager | Student & Academic Services
Wiktor Lewandowski - Micro-Placements Programme Coordinator | Student & Academic Services
City, University of London is proud of its diverse student population which comprises of almost 60% from Widening Participation (WP) backgrounds, many of whom are under-represented in Higher Education. The literature shows up to a 10% difference in graduate-level employment for WP vs. non-WP graduates, with the former up to three times more likely to be unemployed. As such, we designed our Micro-Placements Programme (MPP) with the aim of improving the uptake of work experience and encourage students to identify and develop their transferable skills.
An element of this non-credit, module elective was incorporating video technology in the assessment as students had to produce a video blog, which focuses on consolidating learning and enhancing reflection. Currently, this is embedded in the curriculum across ten-degree Programmes across four of City’s five Schools. Next year, this will be expanded to a further three-degree courses and across all of City’s five Schools. Our MPP is one of the largest schemes of its kind in UK universities: a distinct, competitive offer which enhances our reputation with students and employers alike.
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