Employability Feedback for Engineering Students

NORTCLIFFE, Anne and MIDDLETON, Andrew (2011). Employability Feedback for Engineering Students. In: International Conference on Engineering Education, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 21-26 August 2011.

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Abstract

A mock placement application process was devised for engineering and computing students incorporating various feedback techniques towards preparing students for success in being selected for placement interview. The simulated application process was intended to be a highly formative experience for students; one that would allow them to reflect upon and develop their individual approaches to writing placement applications in a safe and supportive situation before making real applications. The paper describes how students responded to the mock application process, which was supported by various modes of feedback, and how this has impacted on them personally with respect to their confidence and ability in making applications for placement. Research findings, based upon data from two questionnaires and student focus groups, were positive. The simulation improved student confidence. Peer review of the mock applications was more beneficial to the reviewers than those receiving the feedback. However, students valued the audio and written feedback they received from tutors, noting the formative impact of this in writing successful applications.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Research
Departments: Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Engineering and Mathematics
Depositing User: Anne Nortcliffe
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 10:25
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 10:35
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14538

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