Alumni are those students who have already graduated from the University. Where these graduates are willing to engage with the course team and students, they can be a rich resource for enhancing both course designs, and the students' learning and teaching.
For insight into how the course is providing for students after graduation, whether as preparation for employment or for further study opportunities, alumni are often the best people to consult with. They will be able to identify gaps in the curriculum, particularly of skills and attributes that they wish they had explored prior to going into employment, and of areas of practice or technical expertise that would have benefitted them in their early stages of employment.
Insight into the effectiveness of the course as a whole, how well the early levels prepared students for their final year's learning (particularly their engagement with the capstone project and any associated learning activities) can only be gained from those who have completed the course. Recent alumni are very valuable for this. Care should be taken, however, not to gain a biased view - generally those alumni who get on well on the course and with their tutors are those who are more likely to maintain contact and be willing to contribute to consultations. Those who found the learning and teaching approaches didn't meet their needs so well are less likely to be come forward, and the team may need to proactively seek out such alunmi to gain from their insight and experiences.
It is perhaps through working with current students that alumni can provide the greatest value to a course. Some examples of how this might occur include: