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  • Five Star Competitive Edge is Phi Theta Kappa’s newest membership benefit. Show promo video-- (Link also available on Phi Theta Kappa’ home page
  • In short, it is a professional development plan that allows members to gain a competitive advantage for scholarships, transferring and careers. Now, what are some marketable skills? Let’s make a list. (Have crowd make a list of 5-10 skills) Circle “soft skills”… what do this skills have in common? They are all “soft skills.”
  • As you can see, your college classes are only part of your education. Soft skills are just as important, and can give you an edge over others. Did you know that in a survey of human resource professionals and business leaders, nearly ALL said that how professional an applicant will be on the job affects their hiring decision? Being professional means excelling in these highly sought-after skills.
  • BEST Answer: A) Nervous, but confident. Most of us are nervous if we have to speak in front of others. Being nervous can be a strength because you can channel that energy into doing a good job. Use that energy and fear of failure to help you prepare appropriately for the presentation so that it is concise and persuasive. Being nervous means you CARE about the outcome. And that is the first step to doing your best.
  • So why should you participate? To learn more about yourself so that you better understand your strengths and areas you need to improve To strengthen the skills that are highly sought-after by employers and colleges alike. To build an online portfolio that you can share with others… which we will talk about in a minute.
  • The best benefit is that for all members who reach ANY level of Competitive Edge – from One Star to Five Stars – they will have gained a Customized Phi Theta Kappa Experience! Competitive Edge also gives you access to enhanced Letters of Recommendation for potential employers or colleges; and the online portfolio to share with anyone you choose.
  • So how does a member participate in the Competitive Edge Program? The First Step is to log in with your Phi Theta Kappa username and password given to you via email when you first became a member. It’s the same info used for Advisors can access Competitive Edge using their PAM login information. So you can continue to use the instructional videos and to add to you online portfolio. The first visit requires that you agree to the “Honor Code” stating that your participation is an honest and accurate reflection of your work/accomplishments.
  • This is one of the core requirements for Level one!
  • You’ll see these components when you log in: An overview of the Level Requirements, the Online Courseware (instructional videos that are 10 minutes or less), Electives to choose from so that you can customize YOUR Competitive Edge Experience and Mahara which is the online portfolio. It’s very important to note that Competitive Edge includes activities that ANY member of Phi Theta Kappa -- no matter where they live -- can participate in EVEN IF their chapter is not very active. Let go over the “courses” more indepth.
  • The requirements at each level will provide you with experience based on our four Hallmarks. There will be opportunities for scholarly inquiry, leadership development, service learning and collaborating with others.
  • Our online courseware is a continuously-expanding library of online videos that is available to participating members. These videos are done by faculty scholars, advisors and specials guests to help give you a competitive edge! Examples of the instructional videos include good writing skills in a techno world, making presentations, overcoming speech anxiety, teambuilding, critical thinking and scholarship application tips. Also, two videos on Professional Etiquette and the Convention presentations by Dr. Rachel Maddow and Dr. Sanjay Gupta have just been added!
  • Interactive Activity: Take out a piece of paper and a pen. Now for the next five minutes, I want you to write a paragraph about what you have done at this regional event so far. Be sure to mention the location and some of the people you met along the way and write one thing you have learned so far at this event. Now does anyone want to share the one thing they learned? (let members spend 10 minutes or so sharing) Those were great. Reflection is a huge part of our Competitive Edge program.
  • Its main purpose is for you to be able to share in a tangible way what you have learned through your Phi Theta Kappa Experience. You can choose different profiles so that you can share certain files with the audience of your choosing. It also includes a resume builder and can be used just like other social networking sites such as Facebook. There is a User Manual you can access on the Mahara site that tells you how to post – you can choose to post your writings in a blog, a “view” or a file. In ONE place, you’ll be able to post your leadership and service experience, any awards or honors you’ve received, your resume, and any photos or videos that you like. You can use this online portfolio for a variety of purposes – both personal and professional. It’s also a great tool to share with those who may be writing letters of recommendation for you.
  • The Pre-Assessment only takes a few minutes to fill out and simply asks you to evaluate your skill level on such things as setting goals, managing your time, writing, public speaking, etc. We ask this so that you can track your progress through Competitive Edge. So you’ll complete a Post-Assessment at the end of each level.
  • Then you’ll simply take one activity at a time, ONE level at a time. To get “points” for activities, then you must complete a very brief questionnaire after each activity is completed. For the online courseware, you also must successfully complete a quiz about the video in order to get credit for it.
  • Members build an online portfolio while reporting completion of program requirements. Okay so remember that paragraph you just wrote? Well, everyone one of you just completed 30 elective points in the Competitive Edge program! All you have to do is go to a computer log in and type up what you have written on that piece of paper and posted it on your online portfolio.
  • As I mentioned earlier, you’ll complete a Post-Assessment at the end of each level, indicating which skills you have enhanced or strengthened through your participation. Once you’ve completed the Post-Assessment for Level One, you will need to log out for the system to process your work. When you log back in, you should be allowed access to the next level.
  • Progress is tracked through five levels. As members progress through each level, they develop more sophisticated skills which give them a competitive advantage. Work at your own pace – but remember, it’s to your advantage to become a Five Star member as quickly as you can. You can use past experience to complete the activities. If you attended a regional meeting last year, then you can use that for one of the requirements or electives now. But since you already wrote about the regional event you are at right now then you are just one step closer to having that competitive edge! Your other leadership and service experience can be incorporated as well. We want this to be your ONE place to track all of your leadership and professional development experience!
  • If you reach the Five Star Level, you will have coordinated an Honors in Action Project which includes all four Society Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. You will have completed at least 6 online courseware modules, although you may certainly participate in more than 6. You will have created a professional resume. You will have record of your leadership experience and skills. And you’ll have an opportunity to purchase a special Five Star Member pin available through Phi Theta Kappa’s Recognitions Collection. (To be available later in 2010)
  • Will be available for purchase to Five Star Level members only.
  • We hope you’ll take advantage of Competitive Edge! We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Q&A
  • Competitive edge workshop

    1. 1. Five Star Competitive Edge
    2. 2. What is it? <ul><li>A professional development plan accessible over the internet </li></ul><ul><li>To be used to enhance your marketable skills and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Which make you more competitive for scholarships, transferring, and careers. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Marketable Skills <ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal skills </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving skills </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility/adaptability/creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Planning/organizing </li></ul><ul><li>Team building </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical/research skills </li></ul>
    4. 4. Test Your Professionalism Skills <ul><li>Asked to give a formal presentation to a </li></ul><ul><li>very important client, I would be… </li></ul><ul><li>A. Nervous, but confident </li></ul><ul><li>B. Terrified, and consider quitting my job </li></ul><ul><li>C. Not nervous at all; I can talk to anybody! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why Participate? <ul><li>To learn more about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>To strengthen leadership and </li></ul><ul><ul><li>professional skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To create an online portfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>of accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To gain a competitive </li></ul><ul><li>advantage! </li></ul>
    6. 6. What are the Benefits? <ul><li>ALL Competitive Edge members will have… </li></ul><ul><li>A customized Phi Theta Kappa Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced Letters of Recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Online portfolio to share with others! </li></ul>
    7. 7. How Do Members Gain Competitive Edge? <ul><li>Here is how you start! </li></ul><ul><li>STEP ONE: </li></ul><ul><li>Log in to password-protected site at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    8. 8. How Do Members Gain Competitive Edge? <ul><li>STEP TWO: </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarize yourself with the website </li></ul>
    9. 9. Components <ul><li>System divided into four “courses”: </li></ul><ul><li>Level Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Online Courseware (Videos) </li></ul><ul><li>Electives </li></ul><ul><li>Mahara – online or E-portfolio </li></ul>
    10. 10. Core requirements <ul><li>Each Level has a list of core requirements needed to complete the level. </li></ul><ul><li>Include: </li></ul><ul><li>- completing a profile in </li></ul><ul><li>- watching instructional videos </li></ul><ul><li>- coordinating an Honors in Action Project </li></ul><ul><li>- building a resume </li></ul>
    11. 11. Online Courseware <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Good Writing in a Techno World </li></ul><ul><li>Making Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming Speech Anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Teambuilding </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship Application Tips </li></ul>
    12. 12. Electives <ul><li>Activities that allow you to personalize your Phi Theta Kappa Experience! </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>- serving as an officer </li></ul><ul><li>- volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>- participating in cultural activities </li></ul><ul><li>- applying for scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>- attending a Phi Theta Kappa event </li></ul>
    13. 13. Online Portfolio <ul><li>Mahara offers ~ </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio to post writings, videos, pictures for different audiences, purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Resume builder </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking site (think “Facebook”) </li></ul>
    14. 14. How Do Members Gain Competitive Edge? <ul><li>So now you are familiar with the site: </li></ul><ul><li>STEP THREE: </li></ul><ul><li>Start Level One by completing the Pre-Assessment </li></ul>
    15. 15. How Do Members Gain Competitive Edge? <ul><li>STEP FOUR: </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in activities and complete brief questionnaire to earn points. </li></ul>
    16. 16. How Do Members Gain Competitive Edge? <ul><li>STEP FIVE: </li></ul><ul><li>Write about accomplishments in online portfolio. </li></ul>
    17. 17. How Do Members Gain Competitive Edge? <ul><li>STEP SIX: </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Post-Assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rinse and repeat.” </li></ul>
    18. 18. Let’s Review! <ul><li>Step One : Log in at </li></ul><ul><li>Step Two : Review the website </li></ul><ul><li>Step Three : Complete Pre-Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Step Four : Complete activities </li></ul><ul><li>Step Five : Post to your online portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Step Six : Complete Post-Assessment </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    19. 19. Competitive Edge Timeline <ul><li>Work at your own pace ! </li></ul><ul><li>Use past experience for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive Edge activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include other activities </li></ul><ul><li> outside of Phi Theta Kappa </li></ul>
    20. 20. Five Star Member <ul><li>Will have… </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated an Honors in Action Project </li></ul><ul><li>Completed a minimum of 6 online </li></ul><ul><li>courseware modules </li></ul><ul><li>A professional resume </li></ul><ul><li>Significant leadership experience </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to purchase a unique </li></ul><ul><li>Five Star Member pin (Coming Soon!) </li></ul>
    21. 21. Five Star Member Pin
    22. 22. Competitive Edge <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Stanford </li></ul><ul><li>Dean of Service Learning </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] ~ 601.984.3532 </li></ul>