Practice and Portfolio Skills Evaluation Part 2

Part 2

4. Skills Evaluation

A good starting point is to consider your current skills level. The purpose of this is to help you audit your skills and provide examples of where and how you have developed the skill or indeed how you might further develop your skill sets. Below are a number of skills set audits that you will undertake to obtain an understanding of you current skills and attributes.

These audits are more about you being able to obtain a baseline of where you are at before you commence the Associate Degree so the appropriate supports and tutorials can be provided.

Activity 1

Study Skills Audit – University College Study

1. For each of the university study skills listed below, please self-identify if you think you will require tutorial assistance to further develop these skills

2. In respect to your self-assessment on each of the university college study skills listed below note exactly what you find most difficult (i.e. what will you need the most support with) and what you find least difficult.

3. For each of the skills listed below, please provide some examples of the nature of the tutorial assistance you require. For example, if you require ongoing assistance around Information Technology, and find this study skill will be what you need the most support for, then you would detail exactly what areas i.e. I am not at all familiar with computer programs such as word, excel and PowerPoint and need training in use of these. I also need support learning how to use an email account, how to use the internet, how to use referencing software (and how to reference to begin with). Or you may need monthly tutorial assistance around academic writing, more specifically how to structure an essay or how to write a persuasive text.

These exercises are more about you being able to obtain a baseline of where they are at before they commence the Associate Degree so the appropriate supports and tutorials can be provided.

Exercise

After you have completed the audit above reflect on the questions to ensure you provide detail within the self-assessment. Upload the results into your portfolio as skills evidence.

Activity 2

Essential Skills Audit

The list below has been sourced directly from an Essential Skills Checklist developed by the Canadian Government:

1. In the first week to two weeks of commencing the Associate Degree Program students should complete a ‘baseline’ self-assessment on their ‘essential skills’ by circling 1-5 on the scale below

2. At the end of terms 1, 2 and 3, (or on completion of WIL experiences) students should complete the scale below again and write reflections on their development or plans for improvement.

3. Reflections may be on each essential skill and describe when and where the skill was applied, what the outcome was and then what might that mean for the future and in different contexts (or, alternatively, how the student experienced challenges and plans for improvement)

Activity 3

IT Skills Audit

The IT skills audit is a short quiz which highlights the importance of being a digitally literate student and offers ideas on how students can integrate more technologies into their University ‘career’. Complete this short quiz to reveal a personalised profile spanning six different genres, which suggests ways you can improve how you use technology within your studies. Don't forget these could have further reaching applications for when you graduate and apply for jobs, and just because your modules don't require the use of technology, it doesn't mean you can't.

Undertake the IT skills evaluation quiz

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Activity 4

Communication skills Audit

Communication skills are some of the most important skills that you need to succeed in your academic and workplace career.

If you want to be an expert communicator, you need to be effective at all points in the communication process – from "sender" through to "receiver" – and you must be comfortable with the different channels of communication – face to face, voice to voice, written, and so on. Poor communicators usually struggle to develop their careers beyond a certain point.

Whenever you communicate with someone else, you each follow the steps of the communication process shown below.

Here, the person who is the source of the communication encodes it into a message, and transmits it through a channel. The receiver decodes the message, and, in one way or another, feeds back understanding or a lack of understanding to the source.

By understanding the steps in the process, you can become more aware of your role in it, recognize what you need to do to communicate effectively, anticipate problems before they happen, and improve your overall ability to communicate effectively.

Undertake the following communication skills audit, the questions are structure get you to think about your communication skills. Once completed reflect against your results with the following section, which will help you improve the way you communicate.

Activity 5

'Graduate attributes are the qualities, skills and understandings an educational community agrees its students should develop during their time with the institution.'
Table 1

In most universities and indeed the University College there is formal recognition of the generic outcomes expected of graduates, regardless of the specific disciplines or professional courses they have studied. This is a response to expectations that graduates operate in and contribute to society in ways which extend beyond the formal university qualification they have received. It is also a response to consistent calls by employers in all fields for graduates who have a range of skills and capabilities not directly related to the discipline or professional area in which they have studied.

Activity 6

Employability Skills

Employability skills Employability skills are the "key skills and personal attributes you need to enter, operate and thrive in the new world of work." These are the transferable skills that we take with us from one work situation to another, just like a tradesperson carries their toolbox.

In the above activities we looked at generic skills, graduate attributes this activity looks at employability or professional skills. During your degree you will develop in addition to those generic skills relevant to your discipline

The following self-assessment scale has been developed using the ‘Employer’s Criteria’ in The Higher Education Academy Employability Profiles (uses direct excerpts from page 141)

Employability Skills – Criteria from Employers (Sourced from the Higher Education Academy)

1. In the first week to two weeks of commencing the Associate Degree Program you should complete a ‘baseline’ self-assessment on their employability skills by completing the audit below.

2. At the end of terms 1, 2 and 3, students should complete the audit below again and write reflections on their development or plans for improvement

Exercise

Knowing your strengths and recognising areas for development

In your portfolio summarise your strengths and areas of improvement across the skills audits undertaken. You may wish to discuss opportunities for development with your tutors, coaches or managers/supervisors at work.

Remember: This is not just about skills and abilities this is about personal competencies and attributes which may or may not be developed whilst pursuing your course of study or workplace but these are skills in other aspects of our life for example coaching the schools netball team or organising a charity event.

Later in the term we will be using this information to undertake a self and peer assessment of these areas and how you through analysis develop a learning plan for your ongoing study.

References

The Higher Education Academy Employability Profiles (direct excerpts from page 141)

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