Preparing for a Professional Life
Exemplary programs using ePortfolios include Nursing, Recreation Management, Geography/Planning and Psychology which start their students in the process of creating a pre-professional ePortfolio during the first year of the their major. Many of our Capstone courses are also using ePortfolio pedagogy to prepare student for graduate school and successful careers. Over 60% of colleges and universities currently have their students using ePortfolios for courses or job searches. In addition to a resume or college transcript, more than 4 in 5 employers say an electronic portfolio would be useful to them in ensuring that job applicants have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their company or organization.(It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success Summary, AAC&U, 2013). Showcase Aportfolios are intentionally crafted for specific professional audiences. Students solicit critical feedback from professors, advisors, Career Services and/or the Writing Center before making their Aportfolios public.
The University and its programs regularly assesses samples of student work within the APortfolio system. The aim of program level assessment is to examine evidence of student learning relative to specific program learning outcomes. This type of assessment is intended to provide guidance to programs towards improving the success of their students learning. Aportfolios provide opportunities for students, faculty and administrators to look deeply, authentically, and holistically at the learning experiences within the university. For case studies on how other campuses are using ePortfolios for assessment see: http://c2l.mcnrc.org/oa/.