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Welcome to the Skills-Based introduction to the ePARs Personal Evidence Database (PED) Keep clicking and this slideshow will take you through the system.

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1 Welcome to the Skills-Based introduction to the ePARs Personal Evidence Database (PED) Keep clicking and this slideshow will take you through the system

2 What you can put into the Personal Evidence Database (PED) Information about your key activities and achievements – useful for: – progress review meetings with tutors – job interviews – CV writing Evidence of your academic and employability skills – Capture your skills experience while the details are still fresh in your mind – Retrieve the details whenever you need them, e.g. for a module report or to quote to a potential employer

3 What you can get back from your PED: An at-a-glance visual display of how your skills evidence is growing. Instant updating of your Skills Progress Chart every time you enter a new piece of information Selections of your data emailed to you, for use in reports, review meetings, job applications, job interviews, CVs etc Direct export of your data into the ePARs CV- builder coming soon

4 Welcome page How to start Access the Skills Progress Chart anytime via the menu bar, which appears at the top of every screen Or 2. Try the ACTIVITY route: Taking a key module? Working part-time? Running a society? Doing community action? Travelling? Start capturing the key aspects of it here. 1. Try the SKILLS route: Which skills have you already got? The PED helps you locate some to get you started The welcome page offers you two good ways into the PED, when you begin A note for later: Once youve got data in the PED, the Skills Progress Chart could be your favourite way into the system

5 Please note: Some sections of the PED are PRIVATE Other sections are SHARED The Activity route provides a log or notes, as well as skills evidence. The log and notes are private to you, but you can opt to share items from them with tutors and students in your School if you wish. In a few Schools, the PED is used within the curriculum and it may be a module requirement for you to share logs or notes with your tutor. Your Skills Progress Chart -- and the evidence you enter behind it -- are shared with your personal tutor, automatically (read only). The chart may be useful to look at in personal tutorials. The skills evidence will help your tutor write references for you.

6 Once you get going, please yourself! The two routes illustrated behind the help links on the Welcome page are just to get you started. Once you get going, you can mix and match them, picking out the sections that work best for you. Unless your School requires you to work with part of the PED, its all optional, so you can use as much or as little as you like.

7 This introduction to the PED shows the Skills-based route From the PED Welcome page you click here to go to the Identify Skills page

8 You start with a simple, fun exercise to identify your skills Which of these qualities do you have? Click the boxes next to all the words which describe you. When youve done, click Submit Your selections come back highlighted. Click on one to go through and enter some evidence. This is the Identify Skills page

9 Next: Link your highlighted quality to an activity where you have used it Your highlighted quality falls within this broad skills area It relates to this specific skill Think of a specific activity where you have shown the skill. First, does it relate to Study, Work-based experience or Further activities? Set the Activity Type from the drop-down menu. Note: Introducing your material to the database in this way makes it possible for you to search it later Is the specific activity already on your list of activities? (A few students PEDs contain modules entered by their Schools.) Select it from the drop-down menu here. If you need to add a new activity to the list, click here.

10 The PED takes you to the New Activity page First set the Activity Type: choose Study, Work-based experience or Further activities from the drop- down menu. Then enter the title of your new activity. Now fill in further information if you wish. But you can come back later to do this, if you prefer.

11 Fill in these boxes, if you wish, for an activity that is ongoing Then click submit Lower down the same screen …

12 Now write about how you used the skill in that specific activity Every entry you make in the PED is dated for you automatically Enter your evidence in the Notes textbox If you wish, click a button to indicate how confident you are feeling with the skill. The rating will appear on your Skills Progress Chart Note: Your entries will build up and be displayed lower down on this page Click Submit

13 The PED will then show you the whole entry What would you like to do next? You now have some further options Stay with the same activity and add evidence for same/different skill If you need stronger evidence of this skill, turn it into a target (creates an orange square on your Skills Progress Chart) Click here to display your dated entries in ascending or descending order Or stick with the same skill and add evidence from a different activity

14 Your skills evidence changes the display on your Skills Progress Chart The chart shows the three basic areas of activity. (You can click on these to get to the specific activities you have entered) Also the broad skills headings. (You can click on these to get to the specific sub-skills) Each grey square represents a specific skill. Hover with the mouse to see the name. Click on it to make it a target or to enter evidence. Once evidence is entered for a skill, its square changes colour. Click on it to go to the evidence. The number is the latest confidence rating (optional).

15 This is what is displayed below the chart on the same screen The chart uses 5 colours. Heres the key You can call up a snapshot of your progress for any time-window you like. There are links to other sites with ideas for further activities You can print the chart out, e.g. for a meeting with a careers adviser. For any screen, use a PED Print button or the print function on your PC

16 Using the To Do list This tool is private to youAccess it from the menu bar Click here to add an item to the list. Enter details and set priority level. Press submit. Your items come to the top of the list, in priority order You can edit and delete them Target skills come next, automatically. Click on evidence skills to add some evidence The PED can remind you to review your To Do list if you wish

17 Using the Select Outputs tool This is the tool you use to get the read-outs of your data which you will need for various purposes Theres a choice of 5 ways to collate your data, depending on what you want it for Click on any heading and you can go on to choose the specific material you want. Press an email button and the PED sends you the collated details as an email attachment. You can then incorporate them in reports, jobs applications, CVs, etc

18 Thank you and Good Luck – but before you go … The PED is NEW. It was developed in 2002-03 with the help of Nottingham students and staff. The ePARs team hope you will find it useful and enjoy using it. You are one of the first people to see it. We would really appreciate receiving your feedback, so that we can improve it during 2003-04. Please send us an email You can use the email link on the PED Welcome page. Let us know of any problems – tell us what you do like and what you dont like – send us your Click on the other help link on the PED Welcome page if you would like to tour the Introduction to the Activity- based Route.

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