The paper is published in INTED Proceedings 2022- ISBN: 978-84-09-37758-9.
A. Abbas, M. Iqbal, L. Boyle, G. Baxter1, A. Williams, S.A. Petersen, E.Topolewska-Siedzik., A. Jimoyiannis, P. Tsiotakis4, G. Scott
University of the West of Scotland (UNITED KINGDOM), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NORWAY), Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Warszawie (POLAND), University of Peloponnese (GREECE)
Teaching graduate employability skills (GES) is a complex task that needs to be considered from the higher education (HE), employer, policy, and student perspectives. This 4- European countries partnership research has developed a digital application (the GES-App) to assist higher education students in thinking more actively about their employability skills, and supporting them to be better prepared for employers. The app allows the students to plan, record and evidence the acquisition and development of graduate employability skills (GES) throughout their university journey. As “digital natives” who have been brought up with digital technology and embrace universal smartphone use, an app-based approach to GES development is highly favourable. Drawing upon the elements of the self-determined learning model of instruction (SDLMI), the GES-App uses motivational, interactive exercises and achievable goal-based tasks, to induce a sense of fun in users and develop self-actualization patterns that will help to raise awareness of employability issues.