Griffith University News Article
Hospitality Students take Virtual Trips to Hotels
THE GRIFFITH INSTITUTE FOR TOURISM NEWSLETTER
The national project, entitled, “Enhancing student employability skills through virtual field trips in the hospitality industry” has been successful in the most recent funding round of the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).
The project is led by Dr Anoop Patiar from Griffith’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management. The project team include Associate Professor Pierre Benckendorff and Dr Richard Robinson from The University of Queensland, Dr Emily Ma, Richard Cox and Dr Sandie Kensbock from Griffith University, Professor Hugh Wilkins from Edith Cowan University and Dr Scott Richardson from Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. The project will be supported by Project Manager, Lainie Groundwater from Griffith University.
The purpose of this project is to develop, implement, evaluate and promote Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) as an effective tool for developing graduate employability skills in hospitality.
Specifically, the aims of the project are to:
- Identify and test emerging technologies that provide a more authentic and interactive VFT environment for developing Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) and global employability skills;
- Design and test authentic learning pedagogies and assessment tasks based on a more diverse range of VFTs in international hospitality settings;
- Identify and document solutions to the challenges associated with embedding VFTs into hospitality management curricula;
- Evaluate the contribution of VFT pedagogies to student satisfaction, threshold learning TLOs and global employability skills for the hospitality industry; and
- Encourage the adoption of VFTs by promoting authentic learning pedagogies, guidelines and strategies by universities and vocational educational institutions offering hospitality programs.
The project will span a two year period from August 2015 to August 2017. The project funding received from the OLT was $273,000.
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