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Title: Employability, lifelong learning, personal development planning and eportfolios at HKUST
Authors: Noakes, Nicholas S
Keywords: Portfolio of Essential Attributes, Knowledge and Skills (PEAKS)
Portfolio-showcasing tool
Personal-development planning
Lifelong learning
Issue Date: May-2004
Citation: Proceedings of the second teaching and learning symposium, Hong Kong (May 17, 2004), Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning Qaulity, and Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, HKUST, 2004
Abstract: PEAKS: Portfolio of Essential Attributes, Knowledge and Skills is an online personal-development-planning and portfolio-showcasing tool. The project was funded by the Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. This system facilitates personal development by moving individuals through a repeatable, experiential learning cycle of Assess, Plan, Do and Review The system aims: -To enhance the quality of the higher-education experience through the process of personal-development planning. -To encourage lifelong learning and reflection. -To enable the learner to make appropriate life and career choices. The system facilitates the integration of students' personal-development planning with their academic and extra-curricular activities. The system is constructed on the basis of learner self-direction and helps students' to take control of their own learning through the development of critical self-awareness. It helps learners to recognize and value essential employability and lifelong learning skills, such as learning-to-learn skills, problem solving, and personal and interpersonal skills. It is process driven, moving students through an experiential learning cycle that incorporates self-assessment, action planning, implementation and reflection as part of lifelong learning. Students can tailor the system to meet their personal-development needs and are given a very high degree of control of who has access to their personal-development-planning portfolio, as well as when it is made available to others. The portfolio part of the PEAKS system allows students to showcase to potential employers the key attributes, knowledge and skills needed for employability in the 21st century, as called for in the Hong Kong Government's 2000 education reform document 'Learning for Life Learning through Life: Reform proposals for the education system in HK'. They may also keep using the system as HKUST alumni and thus use it for their continuing professional development in their working lives. This presentation will provide an overview of current international work in this area and discuss some of the lessons learned from trying to integrate this particular system into undergraduate curricula at HKUST.
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