Employability: Smart learning in extracurricular activities for developing college graduates' competencies

Keywords: smart learning environment, extracurricular activities, 21st-century competencies, personal development, job readiness

Abstract

Nowadays, employers expect college graduates (or simply “graduates”) to be for ready in taking up challenges when they enter into their careers. Most competencies that employers are looking for cannot be learned but can be developed by participating in extracurricular activities. However, planning on participation in extracurricular activities is difficult, given the lack of measurement standards together with their unstructured and non-systematic nature. To provide a smarter way for activity organisers, advisers and students to plan for extracurricular activities, our university has launched the central repository on student development activities system and codified the information about participation in extracurricular activities in a quantified and systematic way. This paper has collected data from three consecutive years from the system, the employers' feedback data and the academic performance data of placement students in the Department of Computer Science. Participation level, with logarithm transformation, had a positive and significant relationship with academic performance. Moreover, the competency developed by most students had a positive relationship with job performance in the placement year of 2019/2020. In this article, we discuss contributions, limitations and future directions.

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Author Biographies

Lam For Kwok, Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong

Lam For Kwok received his PhD in Information Security from the Queensland University of Technology. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Executive Director of CUBIC (CityU Business and Industrial Club) at City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include information security and management, intrusion detection systems, and computers in education. Dr. Kwok has extensive teaching and academic planning experience. He actively serves the academic and professional communities and has been acting as program chairs and organizing chairs of international conferences, assessors and panel judges of various awards.

Horace Ho Shing Ip, Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong

Professor Ip is the Vice-President in Student Affairs and a Chair Professor of Computer Science at City University of Hong Kong. He has a BSc in Applied Physics and PhD in Image Processing from University College, London, United Kingdom. His research interests include multimedia content analysis and retrieval, and virtual reality for education. Professor Ip's research has won many awards including Prix Ars Electronica, and a Gold Medal of the Geneva Salon International Des Inventions. He has published over 300 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. Professor Ip is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), a Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).

Published
2021-05-10
How to Cite
Hui, Y. K., Kwok, L. F., & Ip, H. H. S. (2021). Employability: Smart learning in extracurricular activities for developing college graduates’ competencies. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 37(2), 171-188. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.6734
Section
Special Issue 2021 – Smart Learning Environments