Bold new plan to make Queensland a global skills destination

 

Queensland is set to attract its “unfair share” of global talent following the launch of Australia’s largest ever student career development drive.

International Education Ministerial Champion Kate Jones today launched the Study Queensland Talent Program which will be available to all students studying in Queensland.

The Study Queensland Talent Program will offer new employer engagement programs to all students to build their 21st-century skills as well as e-portfolio and micro-credentialing app to help them record their experiences and achievements in real time. 

Ms Jones said the program would position Queensland to be able to offer students world leading recognition of the skills they develop alongside their study to better prepare them for their future career.

“We have great education and training providers and some of the world’s leading tourism destinations,” she said.

“We want to make sure everyone who gets an education in Queensland builds authentic connections and has great employment prospects, both here and globally. That’s what this program is all about.

“It’s also part of our plan to attract more international students to study in Queensland.”

The $1.6 million program will be funded through the Queensland Government International Education and Training Strategy.

The Start Here Go Anywhere e-portfolio and micro-credentialing app – which is currently being piloted in Cairns – will be rolled out across the state in coming months.

Ms Jones said the app would encourage students to take up new and existing employability programs and enable students to record their participation in activities to help build their extra-curricular profile, allowing them to be more attractive to global employers.

Importantly, she said the program would be supported by a new Study Queensland Employer Champion Groups, which includes Urbis, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation and Bank of Queensland.

“International education is Queensland’s fastest growing service export, last year injecting more than $5 billion into the economy,” she said.

“We want to grow this industry to create jobs for Queensland.”

The program will be delivered by Study Queensland, which is charged with implementing the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland.

The program was launched at the Study Queensland International Education and Training Summit held in Brisbane this week.

Attracting more than 300 people, the summit explored ways to attract skills and talent from across the globe featuring TIQ Commissioners from China, Japan and ASEAN.

This is the media statement originally published in the Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory on June 26, 2019.

Practera Global Skills Passport App to support 12,000 Cairns-based students

Study Cairns has partnered with Study Queensland to launch a “world first” pilot program aimed at helping students get a foothold in the Cairns job market.

The Start Here, Go Anywhere Global Skills Passport is an app platform for 12,000 international and domestic students to build portfolios of globally relevant skills.

This app launch is part of Study Cairns Connects – a program designed to log employability experiences for domestic and international students and to engage a network of Cairns business, community and government organisations.

Study Cairns president Carol Doyle said the program offers students access to volunteering and internship programs which complement employability experiences offered by Cairns-based education providers.

“With Study Queensland’s international education tagline  ‘Start Here, Go Anywhere’, this exciting pilot project showcases the opportunity for international and domestic students to study in a unique regional Queensland location like Cairns”, she said. “Participation in the project empowers students to develop transferrable skills like service orientation, innovation, teamwork and communication.”

This is a bold, world leading ‘region scale’ initiative and potentially serves as a pilot for broader adaption by other Queensland international education regions.”

The program is delivered in partnership with Australian edtech startup Practera, and is a personalised employability, e-portfolio & micro-credentialling app, available to 12,000 post-secondary students during their study in Cairns.

The Global Skills Passport and introductory workshops are designed to equip students with a World Economic Forum skills based framework and issue open badge standard micro-credential certificates.

For students the resource provides a digital tool to help them to build and demonstrate the skills needed to succeed in the future of work. 

 

This article was published in the Cairns Post and DailyTelegraph

CRC Association partners with Practera to build Australia’s applied R&D skills

The CRC Association has partnered with edtech startup Practera to support the education and knowledge transfer activities of CRCs with the Practera experiential learning & micro-credentialing platform.

CRC Association CEO Tony Peacock announced the partnership during last week’s Collaborate | Innovate | 2019 conference. He said “The CRC Association is pleased to announce our partnership with Practera to develop a series of experiential learning products to help CRC’s enhance activities like industry skills development, PhD mentoring, innovation challenges and industry education. These programs are critical to build the impact skills of our scientists and to collaborate effectively with industry, but we often reinvent the wheel in these spaces. Practera offers the opportunity to provide digital templates that can be adopted and adapted by CRCs to use with their students and industry partners. Practera is a great Australian startup which brings to life a clear vision for work integrated learning and industry-research collaboration that closely aligns to the mission of the CRC program.”

Ruth Marshall, Practera’s R&D Director and a former Commercialisation Advisor for Data61 has been working with a small group of CRCs on developing prototype products. She ran a workshop at the conference to elicit best practices and demonstrate prototypes.

CRC Association partners with Practera

Mike Ridout, Innovation Broker and Education Director of the Food Agility CRC said “this project has the potential to help students and early career researchers develop needed business skills including teamwork and collaboration in an industry setting”

Liz Barbour, CEO of the Honey Bee Products CRC agreed – “this project will help develop solutions to challenges such as helping students get a more consistent and reliable mentoring experience, supporting students across different geographical locations.”

Ruth said “Practera will work with CRCs to develop a portfolio of useful digital experiences to facilitate students, researchers and industry practitioners undertake collaborative activities and develop their skills. High-quality experiential learning programs can be costly to run and are not easy to repeat because there are no economies of scale. Practera provides the digital tools to support the design and delivery of quality experiential learning courses at scale”.

The platform steps students through goal setting and skills-development planning framework with multiple opportunities for reflection. Students can earn micro-credentials for their achievements along the way, earning badges that can then be published to other platforms such as LinkedIn. Students can showcase the particular skills they have developed in their applied R&D projects, which are hugely valuable but may not otherwise be recognised in their formal academic achievements.

CRC Association partners with Practera

Enquiries: connect@practera.com

Practera Newsletter May 2019

practera newsletter announce

This month in experiential learning

Industry news, customer success stories and product updates.

Hi there,

Practera works with educators around the world at the frontier of experiential learning for the future of work. Here is a snapshot of leading thinking and practice.

WHAT WE ARE READING

Interesting news in the world of experiential learning

Forbes published a commentary about a big shift that might impact Higher Ed sooner than expected. Instead of going to college to get a job, students will increasingly be going to a job to get a college degree. How Great Teachers Are Thinking Outside the Classroom to Help Students LearnTheir classrooms are increasingly diverse, but their responsibilities remain the same: to ensure that all students have access to the learning opportunities that will help them be successful as students and throughout their lives.

PRACTERA CUSTOMER SUCCESS

Enabling inspiring experiential learning programs

More than 1,000 successful  participants in the Study Melbourne Live Projects Program paved the way for further investment to grow the initiative with Practera in 2019/20 – bigger and better than ever!. University of Melbourne launches Practera app to help students feel welcomed to campus, navigate the city of Melbourne, make the most of student life and develop their skills in a professional environment during their first month.

If you are looking to strengthen or setup your experiential learning program, schedule a free consultation with a senior member of our team

PRACTERA PRODUCT UPDATES

Building the worlds leading platform for experiential learning

We released Practera GO – a ready-to-go employability app solutions for innovative educators that has everything needed to launch world-class employability programs without worrying about budgets, learning content or administrative overhead. For current customers who want to discover the new benefits in a personalised training session – as usual: please reach out to your Practera representative and we are happy to schedule a meeting.

PUBLICATIONS & CONFERENCES

What we write, publish and present at events and conferences

The Co-operative Research Centre Association is developing a pilot Practera platform to support CRC’s in their education and knowledge transfer activities, including mentoring, challenge projects and applied research skills credentialling. If you’d like to learn more, Practera Director, R&D, Ruth Marshall will be delivering a prototype session at the Innovate Collaborate conference in Adelaide, May 28-30. [EduTech] Wes Sonnenreich, Practera Co-Founder and Co-CEO will be part of an EdTech expert paneat EduTech on June 7 (Free Event) [IET Summit] We will be sharing our insights about “Innovation in Employability” at the Study Queensland International Education & Training Summit Tuesday 26 June [CICE] Practera Canada Vice-President Megan Underwood will be speaking about the future of work at the Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2019) in Toronto, June 24-27 [GIC] Practera co-Founder & Co-CEO Beau Leese will be presenting with the University of Melbourne on the Study Melbourne LIVE Projects program at the Global Internship Conference in Auckland July 2-5 [NSEE] Practera US Vice-President Nikki James will be speaking with UNSW and Northeastern University at the NSEE (National Society of Experiential Learning Conference) September 23-25

We are excited about how experiential learning will change the way we teach and how it will prepare the next generation of learners for the future of work.

If you’d like to learn more or discuss your experiential learning program please contact us

Let's have a chat 
Best, Beau Leese, Co-CEO

Study Melbourne Live Projects Program 2019/20 bigger and better than ever!

Practera is grateful and excited to have been re-appointed by Study Melbourne to extend the innovative LIVE Projects program successfully connecting international students with employers through 2019/20

LIVE Projects is an initiative of the Victorian Government delivered in partnership with education providers and enabled by experiential learning technology company Practera. This initiative offers opportunities for international students to undertake real world business projects for Business, Government and Community organisations. The program commenced in 2017 and has achieved some impressive results with students receiving high quality work-based learning experiences and employers receiving high quality insights from diverse, multinational and multi-disciplinary teams of students.

Impressive results from the first two years

Student Highlights from the 2017-19 include:
* 9/10 willingness to recommend to peers
* 94% believe they have improved their employability skills through the program
* 95% believe they have improved their social connections from joining the Live Projects

Work-integrated learning at scale

More than 1000+ International students have worked in teams to undertake the Live Projects 3-week learning experience and delivered projects for businesses, community organisations and Victorian Government agencies. Previous organisations who have had student teams do Projects for them include Australia Post, Trade Victoria, The Arts Centre and Cricket Australia to name a few.

We are proud to have had University/TAFE and Private Education Partners committed to the program, including the University of Melbourne, RMIT, ACU, Monash, William Angliss, La Trobe University, GCBA, Holmesglen, Victoria University, Central Queensland University, Kangan Institute, Box Hill TAFE, and Gordon TAFE have their students involved in the program.

What’s new for LIVE projects in 2019/20

In 2019/20, Study Melbourne are supporting a further 850 places for students in Victoria to undertake Live Projects. New this year, is the extension of the program to include domestic student participation alongside our international student cohort.

How to get involved

The first cohort will run ‪from 8-26 July, with cohorts in November 2019, February 2020, and July 2020.

Getting involved is easy for anyone anywhere in Australia! If you are a Student, Client or Tertiary provider and like to learn more about Live Projects email our Programs team on programs@practera.com

Further information

for Tertiary Education Providers: Participate in our programs

for Businesses: Join the program for free to engage with new talent 

University of Melbourne launches innovative app to support and engage international students during their first month in Melbourne

Arriving in a new city is always difficult for international students. But Practera can help!

The Global Exchange Challenge is a team-based, extracurricular program for international students and exchange alumni at the University of Melbourne. The program helps students feel welcomed to campus, navigate the city of Melbourne, make the most of student life and develop their skills in a professional environment.

According to the World Economic Forum’s list of sixteen 21st century skills in New Vision for Education  collaboration is one of the most critical skills to contribute to students’ future employability. Both programs are designed to help students become better collaborators and deliver project outcomes as they develop their self-awareness and emotional intelligence.

Students make friends and explore their new environment

First, students participated in the induction program which allowed them to meet and build a social network with other international as well as domestic students. During the induction, the students went through a series of enjoyable tasks and activities that enhanced their experience at the university and provided them with useful information like landmarks, Melburnian culture, university life, and student discounts.

Renee, one of 120 students who went through the program said: “It was a good resource for exploring Melbourne and being exposed to the opportunities and resources available, as well as building relationships and seeing new places”.

Experiential learning at the core of the app

Students also needed to set goals for their experiences and engage in bi-weekly reflections. This cycle of planning, executing and reflecting ensured their experience was robust and exciting and prepared them for the requirements of the program that followed – Global Trade Accelerator (GTA). This a virtual program enabling students to work in teams on the market research briefs from national exporters.

Custom apps available to all Practera customers

Practera provides tools and templates to create your own welcome and on boarding apps. If you are interested how it might help your students, let’s have a chat!

 

Practera launches ready-to-go learning apps for innovative educators who need to help students build employability skills

 

Practera, Australia’s leading experiential learning startup, today announced Practera GO, a new solution that provides everything needed to launch world-class employability programs without worrying about large budgets, new learning content or complex administrative overhead. 

A trend towards employability skills in Higher Ed

In recent years, higher education institutions have faced a new trend that requires adjustment to their strategy: More and more prospective students (and parents) carefully weigh up their future employment prospects when selecting degrees and universities.

This trend is fuelled by the fact that employers are demanding skills from graduates which are outside the subject area of study in Higher Education.

While still seen as necessary by employers, a graduate’s academic achievements are not sufficient for them to be recruited anymore. Instead, extracurricular activities such as work experience, volunteering, and involvement in clubs and societies are seen as having equal importance as the knowledge and experience acquired through academic study.

How does Practera GO help program managers?

Educators and program managers who need to offer extracurricular employability programs to their students can select from a curated list of high quality app experiences that come pre-loaded with all content and instructions to support learners and industry partners during their program. Free access to the Practera online admin and reporting tool allows program mangers to enrol participants, monitor progress and ensure the employability skill development.

Every app includes all required content and a workflow that is validated by more than 10,000 students delivering successful projects for more than 2,000 industry partners. Based on the experiential learning pedagogy, Practera GO enables seamless feedback loops, which are crucial to develop employability skills.

Key Benefits

  • New employability programs can be created and rolled out in days or weeks instead of months
  • Students and industry partners get supported through mobile apps that structure their experience and automatically collect feedback
  • Program managers get actionable, real-time insights into exactly who needs support and what they should do about it

“Education providers are missing out on massive student engagement and satisfaction opportunities if they aren’t tracking and managing the individual student experiences during the project.”, says Suzy Watson, Co-Founder and Head of Customer Success. “We designed all app experiences based on the experiential learning pedagogy and curated the most relevant content and workflows that works ‘out-of-the-box. This helps professional staff, for example in the careers teams, to successfully roll out high quality programs to their students for a fraction of the cost.”

Are you interested to learn more? Get started for free!

Practera Newsletter April 2019

practera newsletter announce

This month in experiential learning

Industry news, customer success stories and product updates.

 

Hi there,

Practera works with educators around the world at the frontier of experiential learning for the future of work. Here is a snapshot of leading thinking and practice.

 

 

WHAT WE ARE READING

Interesting news in the world of experiential learning

Northeastern University found that employers’ top priority recommendation for colleges and universities was to “include real-world projects and engagements with employers and the world of work” in their programmes

Austrade’s Innovation in Employability report was released at the Asia-Pacific International Education Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week. The report showcases strategies and initiatives to enhance the employability skills of international students across all Australian states. 

Canadian Universities take collaborative approach to future skills development;

Australia reviews the future of micro-credentials in its Australian Quality Framework

 

 

PRACTERA CUSTOMER SUCCESS

Enabling inspiring experiential learning programs

The Australian Government (DFAT) has launched a national skills micro-credential pilot – the Australia Awards Global Skills Passport, on Practera through the Australia Awards Indonesia (AAI) program. 400 AAI Scholars will create an e-portfolio of enrichment experiences alongside their study against one of 6 Global Skill categories. (Product demo video)

Redfern Legal Centre supported by Study NSW, the City of Sydney and the Fair Work Ombudsman are launching this week a ground-breaking new multilingual legal advice app on Practera to international students studying in NSW. The app will provide international students with instant access to customised legal information around common issues, delivered in an interactive, video-based ‘face-to-face’ question and answer format in English and six other languages. (Product demo video)

 

If you are looking to strengthen or setup your experiential learning program, schedule a free consultation with a senior member of our team

 

PRACTERA PRODUCT UPDATES

Building the worlds leading platform for experiential learning

Practera has taken a quantum leap – our latest release was a massive one. Highlights included;

Transitioning students and mentors to an upgraded mobile-first experience (New Practera App Video)

Launching our AI-powered Experiential Learning Support Assistant (ELSA), which offers personalised intervention options for educators based on common issues (Introducing ELSA Video)

Integrated badges, digital certificates and micro-credentialling into all aspects of the platform

Filesharing integrated to chat functionality

Real time student scorecard reporting 

For current customers who want to discover the benefits of the new features in a personalised training session – as usual: please reach out to your Practera representative and we are happy to schedule a meeting.

 

PUBLICATIONS & CONFERENCES

What we write, publish and present at events and conferences

The Co-operative Research Centre Association is developing a pilot Practera platform to support CRC’s in their education and knowledge transfer activities, including mentoring, challenge projects and applied research skills credentialling. If you’d like to learn more, Practera Director, R&D, Ruth Marshall will be delivering a prototype session at the Innovate Collaborate conference in Adelaide, May 28-30.

Last week Practera Co-CEO Beau Leese helped launch Austrade’s Innovation in Employability report at the Asia-Pacific International Education Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The report showcases strategies and initiatives to enhance the employability skills of international students across all Australian states.

Practera Canada Vice-President Megan Underwood will be speaking at the Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2019) in Toronto, June 24-27

Practera co-Founder & Co-CEO Beau Leese will be presenting with the University of Melbourne on the Study Melbourne LIVE Projects program at the Global Internship Conference in Auckland July 2-5

Practera US Vice-President Nikki James will be speaking with UNSW and Northeastern University at the NSEE (National Society of Experiential Learning Conference) September 23-25

 

We are excited about how experiential learning will change the way we teach and how it will prepare the next generation of learners for the future of work.

If you’d like to learn more or discuss your experiential learning program please contact us

 

Best,

Beau Leese, Co-CEO 

Practera enables groundbreaking personalised legal assistance app

RLC international student solicitor Sean Stimson with the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, Sydney Town Hall. Image courtesy of Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney.
RLC international student solicitor Sean Stimson with the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, Sydney Town Hall. Image courtesy of Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney.

Redfern Legal Centre is partnering with Sydney edtech provider Practera to deliver My Legal Mate, a legal assistant in international students’ pockets

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcomed international students to the city by announcing a groundbreaking mobile app technology which offers legal advice to international students. The My Legal mate in 6 community languages.

Practera app to help with most common legal issues

Created by the Redfern Legal Centre with funding from the City of Sydney, Study NSW and the Fair Work Ombudsman, the app has been built using the technology of Sydney based experiential learning startup Practera.

The app uses interactive video to provide students with instant access to legal information, delivered in English and six community languages. The app covers four issues most commonly encountered by international students – employment, housing, disputes with education providers and sexual assault. 

Enhancing international student experience

MyLegal Mate was devised by solicitor Sean Stimson, the head of Redfern Legal Centre’s International Student Service NSW, who in February was awarded the NSW Human Rights Medal for his work with the state’s 260,000 international students.

“Over 40% of international students will encounter a legal issue during their study in NSW, which may negatively impact their experience. Redfern Legal Centre provides a free statewide legal advice service for international students funded by Study NSW but this app will offer further immediate support at much larger scale” Mr Stimson said.

“While it is not intended to replace face to face legal consultation, this professional services app is an innovative way to ensure international students can get instant access to tailored legal information and be empowered to take greater control if problems occur. By downloading the app on enrolment, international students will be armed with information about their rights before they start their course, with the ultimate aim of preventing issues arising while they are in Australia.

Speaking at the annual welcome event for Sydney’s international students, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the app would further support overseas students.

“International students enhance our city by contributing to Sydney’s diversity and strengthening our global connections,” The Lord Mayor said.

This wonderful new app puts an invaluable legal resource in the pockets of international students. This will help ensure they’re given every opportunity to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding time living and studying in Sydney and across NSW.”

“Being able to attract and nurture the best students from around the world is an investment in our city’s future. That’s why we’ve supported this innovative information resource, and look forward to it helping students from all backgrounds.”

Global Skills Passport for Australia Awards Indonesia Scholars

A group of students posing in front of Australia Awards Scholarships banner

The Australian Government has launched a national skills micro-credentialing pilot – the Global Skills Passport – through the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) Australia Awards Indonesia (AAI) program. Through the pilot, 400 AAI Scholars will create an e-portfolio of enrichment experiences  on the Practera platform against one of 6 Global Skill categories based on World Economic Forum 21st century skills.

“Enriching” student experiences with a global skills passport

Australia Awards Indonesia Scholars are leaders from our region who undertake a program of study at an Australian institution. Students undertake a wide variety of activities that contribute to Australian society and culture during their study, create enduring linkages and build their global skills. These ‘enrichment’ experiences typically include volunteering, engagement in diplomatic & cultural activities and professional placements. 

Skills credentialing for Experiential Learning

The Global Skills Passport has been embedded as a significant element of the Australia Awards Indonesia Program. The Global Skills credential recognises Scholars’ contributions and experiential learning through these experiences. Students have engaged in a Global Skills workshop to provide students with a global skills framework, develop an enrichment mindset and craft a personal impact plan. 

Integrated feedback, events and badges

An inbuilt ticketing system helps promote AAI events and enrichment opportunities. Students win points for submitting evidence, and monthly leaders win vouchers and access to premium enrichment experience opportunities. Scholars submit structured reflections on experiences with video, pictures or documents, and these are reviewed by professional mentors. Ultimately, scholars win micro-credential badges that can be awarded for complete portfolios and displayed on social media platforms like LinkedIN, allowing contacts to access the underlying evidence of achievement. 

Adaptable to any situation

The Global Skills Passport is built using one of our available Practera templates. Find out more about the product by visiting the Practera e-portfolio and credentialing page or have a chat with us to learn how to set up a skills passport for your users in less than 4 weeks: connect@practera.com