Enhanced learning for graduate success


Enhanced learning skills are important for Unitec students to acquire in their programmes of study. Students with enhanced learning skills will be successful in their programme of study.  Graduates with enhanced learning skills can improve their career performance in the first five years of work.

The aim of this post is to provide resources, and support to programme development teams to consider enhanced learning in their own context.  A successful outcome will be the development of an enhanced learning outcome for the programme graduate profile, and integration into course learning outcomes, and assessment activities.


By the end of this session you will be able to:


Knowledge: To understand the concepts and principles of enhanced learning.
Skills: Develop a graduate outcome to support student acquisition of enhanced skills in your programme.
Values: Commit to providing students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to ensure success in their first five years of work.
People: Collaborate effectively with students, stakeholders and the programme development team members.
Learn: Access, evaluate and share resources which develop enhanced learning in your programme of study.
Integrate: Embed a enhanced learning in graduate outcome in course learning outcomes and assessments.



Graduates with enhanced learning skills are empowered to take responsibility for their learning by acquiring, creating, curating, collaborating with others, and sharing their knowledge.

An example of super learning in medicine and health care.

 A summary of the Web 2.0 tools that can help students learn, communicate and collaborate.
(Enhanced learning)


To fully integrate enhanced learning skills into your programme of study, you will need to craft a graduate profile statement. To help you do this we have provided some sample statements from other institutions.
You will find the resources here.....

We have developed these questions to prompt your thinking about enhanced learning skills  in your profession or vocation.



  1. What are the current trends in enhanced learning in the workplace of your graduates? 
  2. How does your vocation or professional body view continued professional learning?
  3. What practices are emerging in your vocation or profession?
  4. What international standards are in place to support enhanced learning in your vocation or profession?

  5. What does an expert in your discipline do to enhance their learning?
  6. What technologies does your profession or vocation use to enhance learning?

Once you have developed a graduate profile statement you will need to embed it into your course learning outcomes and assessments. We have resources and training which will support your staff.  See our resource on
Designing courses for significant learning.


You may like to take time to consider how professional skills will help your students succeed in the first five years of work. To do this you will need to consult with graduates and employers. Your current students will benefit from a clear explanation of the need for professional skills in their career.  You may like to include this explanation in your student handbook and make it available on your programme site.


To ensure you have the information you need to make good decisions about professional  skills you will need to work closely with students, graduates, employers, and professional bodies. We advise you to set up a consultation project, and survey your stakeholders to gather key information and ideas about professional skills.


You will find a centralised and accessible knowledge base which support information skills valuable to both staff and students. You could do this through a Moodle site, or any other social network. The key is to have a knowledge base that is accessible and to which staff and students can contribute resources.

We have gathered some additional resources for you to help design your course, assessments and lessons.
Click here for more.....


Once you have created your professional skills graduate outcome, it should be embedded into course learning outcomes and assessments. We suggest you map your Information Skills outcome across your programme of study.
For more on Curriculum Mapping....

We also suggest you periodically review the effectiveness of your graduate profile. To do this we have created a short introduction to our student, staff and stakeholder survey.Find out more here....

If you would like more information or assistance, please contact your Te Puna Ako academic advisors.


Careers New Zealand has developed a tool to assist tertiary organisations support students in career development. This includes a self assessment tool.  See link.


Read more about how teachers at California State University developed action plans using enhanced learning to improve their students grades and performance.Read more here.....

UNESCO report into Enhanced learning: From access to success.
Read more....

Technology and Maslow's hierachy of needs.

Read about the development of communication systems and where they may be heading next. How do these develops affect students learning?

  • From telegraph and tubes to Skype — how the world of communication has changed. A great, fun piece that you should check out and marvel at how far we have come.
  • Once you are done reading the previous post, check out Martin Geddes’s essay on the end of the phone system, what it means and where we are going. It will give you context and a sense of the decay in the “phone system.”

Last updated by Diana Ayling Feb 13, 2013.

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