ePortfolio – Lifelong Career Development Document!


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Mark E. Bender, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair for Agricultural Studies
California State University, Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

The Porfolio is becoming an increasingly important tool to document skills and career advancement and is being used in a variety of interview situations. See how easy it is to develop a Professional Portfolio with a simple computerized template and to teach these skills to students from grades 9-14 and beyond. The updated “ePortfolio” and “ePortfolio” Teaching Tools will be distributed to session participants.

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  • ePortfolio – Lifelong Career Development Document!

    1. 1. e'Portfolio Lifelong Career Development Document ! Dr. Mark E. Bender, CSU Stanislaus Ag Studies Central Valley Consortium Ag Ed Tech Prep Tech Prep 2009 MB
    2. 2. Let’s define a Portfolio: <ul><li>An accumulation of student work, collected over time, </li></ul><ul><li>that exhibits the skills and abilities he/she possesses. </li></ul>LM
    3. 3. Why Use a Portfolio? <ul><li>Potential employers are better able to evaluate the students’ abilities. </li></ul><ul><li>They are cumulative and therefore include only the student’s best work. </li></ul><ul><li>They require students to take an active, responsible role in their education. </li></ul><ul><li>They focus on what the student can do. </li></ul>LM
    4. 4. Components of a Portfolio: <ul><li>Career Development Package </li></ul><ul><li>Work Samples </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Samples </li></ul><ul><li>Work Experience Evaluation and Skill List </li></ul>LM
    5. 5. Career Development Package: <ul><li>Individual Career Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Letter of Introduction/Application Ex*1 Ex*2 Ex*3 </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Ex*1 Ex*2 </li></ul><ul><li>Job or College application </li></ul><ul><li>Letter(s) of recommendation Ex* </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Preparation (new for 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Activities, Honors, Achievements </li></ul>MB
    6. 6. Work Samples <ul><li>A very important part of the portfolio!! </li></ul><ul><li>work samples document skills and abilities that your students possess! </li></ul><ul><li>each work sample should contain a descriptive summary and its importance to the student </li></ul><ul><li>Work samples can take many forms.... </li></ul>MB
    7. 7. Typical work samples!! <ul><li>Schematics of electronic circuits developed by the student </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures of a student vaccinating livestock </li></ul><ul><li>A video of a sales presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Links to Actual Work Samples 1* 2* </li></ul>MB
    8. 8. Writing Samples <ul><li>The student exhibits effective writing skills on a technical subject: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject matter knowledge </li></ul></ul>LM
    9. 9. Work Experience documentation: <ul><li>School to Work Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Skill list </li></ul><ul><li>SCANS Competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Employer evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation of work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Work Experience Book on CD (Documentation ) </li></ul>MB
    10. 10. The Portfolio Presentation: <ul><li>What should the final portfolio look like? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>depends upon the student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>computer disk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>binder or other type of folder </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet???? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>All should require: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional appearance </li></ul></ul>LM
    11. 11. The Electronic Portfolio: <ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to transport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitates storage and grading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can easily update and modify portfolio entries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard copies can be downloaded and used upon demand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More economical for the school </li></ul></ul>LM
    12. 12. Questions? <ul><li>Are portfolios graded? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are they stored? </li></ul><ul><li>Aren’t portfolios more work for the instructor? </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Plagiarism </li></ul>MB
    13. 13. Remember....... <ul><li>Trying something new isn’t always easy nor is it always successful.… </li></ul><ul><li>But your guidance in developing a portfolio can give your students the advantage in a hiring situation! </li></ul>LM
    14. 14. Good luck with those portfolios! I Got the Job! ? Great Portfolio ! LM
    15. 15. The Workplace Learning Disk <ul><li>What’s on the CD? </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s now look at the actual E’Portfolio in its entirety… </li></ul>MB
    16. 16. Agricultural Education Tech Prep and California State University, Stanislaus Thank You