August 10th, 2010
‘Graduate attributes’ (GAs) are back on the higher education agenda. How can we develop an effective conception and definition of
GAs so that they can function as a touchstone and steer to curriculum development? And how can personal development planning (PDP)
processes best contribute to their acquisition?
This workshop event will explore a range of issues around GAs and PDP, including:
• how best to teach students to become conscious of developing and gathering the evidence for GAs;
• the most effective technology to support this process;
• GAs and employability; and
• opportunities for the development of GAs both within and beyond the academic curriculum.
Depending on participants’ own concerns and their own institution’s strategies and priorities, issues raised may include the
provision of separate skills awards; whether and how PDP activities should be assessed; how responsibility for developing a record
of PDP activities and/or GAs should be supported and shared between institution and student.
There will be an opportunity during the day for participants to share their own practice around any of these issues, through a
short presentation (10-15 minutes) of their work. We would like to encourage participants to take advantage of this, whatever the
stage they have reached in what they are doing: invariably colleagues from other institutions find such situated practice
illuminating. If you think you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to share your practice, please contact Janet
Strivens as soon as possible on email@example.com .
The workshop will be facilitated by Janet Strivens, Senior Associate Director at the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA), where
she leads in the areas of e-portfolio development and personal development planning.