Students have course-relevant opportunities to actively engage with alumni, industry or community partners. (ES 4.1)

Ways to achieve this include:
  • Incorporate face-to-face or digitally mediated opportunities for students to directly and systematically engage with and learn from industry, professionals, community leaders and/or clients.
    • Access to industry mentors is provided.
    • Informational and field interviewing is used.
    • Field visits are organised.
    • Informal interactions with community members are encouraged.
    • Industry-speakers engage with the class.
    • Client stories and case studies are shared.
    • Students are encouraged to use digital channels to access local and global experts (e.g. LinkedIn groups, Twitter).
  • Provide a clear vision within the course, and across the program, of the employability and career outcomes and opportunities for students to identify and collect artifacts as evidence.
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Using PebblePad as a design brief with a first year cohort

Dr Leigh Ellen Potter used PebblePad with her Human Computer Interaction students as a platform to deliver an industry design brief.  For this real-world project, students analyse a situation, work out how technology can play into that situation and, most importantly, design the solution. Included in the design process is the need for students to reflect on their work and allow them to demonstrate what they have learnt and how they have grown. As the design brief is a real artifact for a client, students could use this in their portfolios as evidence to showcase their skills in the future.

Career development in Digital Media Industry Practice

Faced with a changing technological landscape, the rationale behind the Bachelor of Digital Media Practice has become more progressive and dynamic in industry preparedness. 

Students connect with industry professionals and business mentors and are required to:

  • undertake a 100 hour internship 
  • design a page within the Gold Coast Creative magazine
  • create a compilation of employment tools based on their previous assessment items

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