Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability
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Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability

A Connectedness Learning Approach

Edited by Ruth Bridgstock and Neil Tippett

This book challenges the dominant ‘employability skills’ discourse by exploring socially connected and networked perspectives to learning and teaching in higher education. Both learning and career development happen naturally and optimally in ecologies, informal communities and partnerships. In the digital age, they are also highly networked. This book presents ten empirical case studies of educational practice that investigate the development of learner capabilities, teaching approaches, and institutional strategies in higher education, to foster lifelong graduate employability through social connectedness.
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Chapter 3: Students professional digital identities

Mandy Lupton, Kay Oddone and Neal Dreamson


In higher education courses that are aimed at preparing students to be professionals in specific fields, developing a professional digital identity is an important employability concern. A professional digital identity involves the persona that the student expresses and communicates via social media including the way that they interact on professional social networks. One element of developing a professional digital identity is through creating and sharing web-based content. The research project reported in this chapter investigates the ways that students and recent graduates perceive their professional digital identities through creating and sharing web-based content for their assignments. To investigate these identities, we gathered interview data from a small group of students and recent graduates of undergraduate and postgraduate education degrees.

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