Working Towards Graduate Outcomes

This first collection of articles from the General Education Division at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) illustrates a wide variety of educational practices which have a common aim: to support students at various stages of their studies in the development of Graduate Outcomes.

Complementing specific learning outcomes required for graduation, HCT students are required to meet a set of eight generic “Graduate Outcomes” which are taught across all areas of the curriculum. The cover such areas as self-management and independent learning, global awareness and citizenship, and communication and information technology, and are designed to help ensure HCT graduates can make the fullest contribution to UAE society as they enter the professional world of work.

Featuring chapters by faculty across the HCT system, this volume focuses on work carried out with students at the beginning of their studies on Foundations programs, and with students reaching the end of Diploma programs. All the articles describe teaching and learning practices which are well founded on current educational theory, and can be seen to offer effective ways of promoting good learning. Teachers of many disciplines will find something to interest them between these covers.

Articles

Foreword: Preparing graduates with holistic skills for a complex and Interconnected world

The world of work and the society in general are becoming more and more complex and interlinked, requiring our young graduates …


Introduction: Editors Preface

Founded in 1988, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the United Arab Emirates currently has over 16,000 students at its …


Graduate Outcomes: An Overview

As part of the trend towards making quality expectations explicit, higher education institutions around the world have moved towards developing and …


Developing technological liretacy using online chat in English

The future for the United Arab Emirates includes creating a knowledge-based and technological society, so a key role for English language …


Framing HCT’s graduate outcomes with task based and project driven writing projects

This article outlines practical ways in which HCT Graduate Outcomes (GOs) such as technological and information literacy, critical and creative thinking, …


Developing global awareness and self management Diploma Foundations and the Dubai Womens Collge Bazaar

Students in Diploma Foundations (DF) face a challenging first year at college, during which they must make many transitions: from school …


Ripples of Curriculum Ideas through art for Mosaic 2007: developing critical thinking and other graduate outcomes through a large project

What is thinking? In one way it can be thought of as ripples that emanate from some
metaphorical stone thrown into …


Innovative pratice in acquiring graduate outcomes

This article discusses how the Mosaic 2007 ‘Ideas Through Art’ final year diploma
project at HCT Sharjah Women’s College was innovative …


Towards Graduate Oucomes through the English curriculum: bridging the gap between secondary and tertiary education

Graduate outcomes, and therefore expectations of new graduates, are constantly
evolving and changing. Research informs us that it is no longer …


Enhancing Student Ability to Meet Graduate Outcomes in IT and Beyond

Globally, information technology (IT) advances on a day-by-day basis with
developments in functionality and ease of use. As educators it may …