The Aggregating the Student Voice project was established in 2012 with funding from the Invest to Gain initiative at the University of Brighton.
It aimed to explore the underlying principles of student profiling with a view to assessing the potential of a system that might generate image-rich, professionally valuable profiles for students at the University of Brighton.
The scope of the project included the technologies that are used, the environment that is fostered and the education that is given.
The project aimed particularly to benefit students in creative practice disciplines for whom a profile and portfolio is a known tool in moving towards professional practice and a career. The key interest groups and users are: current students, graduating students, employers, applicants and the university itself.
Since inception, Aggregating the Student Voice has adapted its aims alongside an improved understanding of the requirements and limitations of such a scheme. The project was undertaken at a time of rapid change in the availability and usage of digital systems and these changes were reflected in the assessment of technologies and in the focus of the project away from single system tool development and towards the educational and environmental aspects.
The project has its legacy in the university's Mahara-based "Studentfolio" system, which generates portfolios for use within a teaching and learning environment. It has also led to module development that seeks to support the creation of these profiles and a number of elements that engage with students in their search for improved professional communication of their potential as individuals and as representatives of their institution.
Comprehensive project report on Aggregating the Student Voice digital profiling investigation. [pdf 1.8 MB]