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Kinash, S., & Crane, L. (2015). Enhancing graduate employability of the 21st century learner. Paper presented at the International Mobile Learning Festival: Mobile learning, MOOCs and 21st century learning. 22-23 May, 2015. Hong Kong.

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Today’s higher education students want choice, personalisation, efficiency and relevance leading to maximal outcomes, including employment. They need heightened media literacy and advanced higher order thinking, which can be facilitated through technology-enhanced pedagogies. The reported research inquired into how higher education can heighten graduate employability in the context of 21st century learning. Analysed Australian national data from 705 completed surveys, and interviews/focus groups with 147 people revealed that there are discrepancies between stakeholder groups (students, graduates, higher education personnel and employers) that must be acknowledged and rectified if the 21st century learner is to maximise employability. Research results indicated that the primary strategy towards improving graduate employability is supported participation in work experience, internships and placements. Furthermore, interviewed stakeholders advocated that employability in the 21st century requires that students pursue a well-rounded experience including extra- and co-curricular activities.

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