Introducing CV 2.0

THE LEARNING Innovation team have helped a student create what is believed to be the first “augmented reality CV” in Higher Education.

Bella May Leonard, an embroidery graduate from the School of Art, has benefitted from the pilot project, and the team are now looking to open up the service to other students.

Dee Vyas, Classroom Technology Teaching Adviser, is asking tutors to refer students they think might benefit from an augmented reality CV to her.

Dee said: “Augmented Reality (AR) allows the virtual world to integrate into the real world using interactive media, with the aim of engaging the viewer. Traditional passive material becomes immersive, allowing you to view the content on a mobile device.”

Presenting personality

Dee looked at how other Institutions are using Augmented Reality, for example the Creating Augmented Reality in Education project at City University London, which has a focus on nursing in the clinical setting. She then considered how this could be combined with social media.

She said: “Today everyone is using social media to make friends, socialise and find jobs.  Students can link and share their work on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. In order to determine a fuller picture of potential employees, employers are using social media as an alternative to the traditional CV. The time when an employer received hundreds of typed symmetrical CVs may now be the exception.

“A visual CV allows an employer to view your personality and present the person behind the formal achievements. A continuous online presence can be interlinked to other social media sites such as Facebook, Tumblr providing a potential employer to view more of your skills.”

She added that whilst the Augmented Reality CV can be used in all disciplines, the visual nature of it probably suits certain subjects more than others.

Organic development of CV 2.0

Augmented Reality has already been used at the university, for example during the 2013 Open Day where it was incorporated into the Money Matters postcard distributed to students, and in booklets for IT Services and MMU Sport.

Dee said: “In this case, the aim of the visual CV was to represent the design area the student specialised in, her career progression and places she has exhibited. Developing an organic CV, aspects of the content will change as her career progresses and this will maintain an up-to-date visual display of her career.

“The design, layout and content were developed in collaboration with the student to create a visually stunning AR CV. After a number of alterations, the final design provided a detailed outline of her education and career.

“The feedback from the student working on this process has been extremely positive and the completed version can now enhance the showcase of her skills visually.”