Keeping College Students Motivated With Their Portfolios

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This was a presentation by Seelio educational partners from the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the July 2013 AAEEBL Conference on ePortfolios. The presentation discusses how Michigan Engineering and MIT UPOP have used ePortfolios like Seelio to help students engage with their coursework and build their professional online presence.

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Keeping College Students Motivated With Their Portfolios

  1. 1. Keeping College Students Motivated With Their Portfolios: Learnings from students at MIT and the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering AAEEBL Annual Portfolio Conference | July 31, 2013 Stacie Edington: Emily Keller-Logan: Susann Duff Luperfoy:
  2. 2. Seelio is a showcase portfolio provider for students and higher-ed institutions.
  3. 3. Seelio is a showcase portfolio provider for students and higher-ed institutions.
  4. 4. Michigan Engineering ePortfolio Project 2013 AAEEBL Annual ePortfolio Conference
  5. 5. Michigan Engineering Plus Michigan Engineers purposefully leverage the broad educational experiences across the UM campus to enhance their education in preparation for the challenges of the 21st century. Michigan engineers gain substantial technical knowledgein an engineering discipline while developing a multidisciplinary systems oriented approach to problem solving. They will develop this technical depth plus the additional competencies of: Creativity &Innovation Entrepreneurial Mindset Intercultural Intelligence Collaborative Spirit Social & Environmental Responsibility Effective Communication
  6. 6. “Develop an ePortfoliosystem to allow student reflection on the core competencies”
  7. 7. “Develop an ePortfoliosystem for 5800 undergraduate students, studying 15 engineering disciplines, to allow student reflection on the core competencies”
  8. 8. Implementation Plan Phase 1: Pilot Groups  Engineering Honors Program (55 students)  Study Abroad in Kumasi, Ghana (20 students)  Multidisciplinary Design Program (100 students) Phase 2: First-year Program  1280 first-year students Phase 3: Just-in-Time integration  Sophomore year through Senior Capstone
  9. 9. Emerging ePortfolio Goals Development/Reflection • Promotes intentional & integrative learning Assessment • ABET & Michigan Engineering Plus learning outcomes • Assess student development at program level Showcase • Individual student creates digital story • Michigan Engineering displays best work for companies, alumni & prospective students
  10. 10. Project Goals Development/Reflection Assessment ShowcaseStudents need this
  11. 11. Project Goals Development/Reflection Assessment Showcase Departments & programs need this
  12. 12. Project Goals Development/Reflection Assessment Showcase Students want this! Our students are highly motivated by opportunities to showcase their experience.
  13. 13. Tip #1: Align Goals Reflection, Assessment orAND Showcase • Create an interactive online showcase; allow comments and “favorites”. • Display evidence of reflection • Use private or public tags to connect experiences with competencies.
  14. 14. Tip #2: Know Your Students Michigan Engineering Students: • Tech-savvy • Career focused • Committed to co-curricular involvement
  15. 15. Tip #2: Know Your Students Tech-Savvy Students An engaging digital identity • Facebook = “too frivolous” • LinkedIn = “too boring” Don’t let technology distract from the process. • Consider ease of use • Allow alternate systems • 80/20 test: less than 20% of your time should be about the technology, so that 80% of your time can be spent guiding the process.
  16. 16. Tip #2: Know Your Students Career Focused Communicate a valid problem statement • “Employers tell us that today’s students have A+ resumes, but are failing in the interview room.” Solution = ePortfolio work will help! • STAR Interviewing Method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) • Length of answers from 20 seconds – 2 minutes • “Can you clearly articulate the unique combination of skills and experience that you offer?”
  17. 17. Tip #2: Know Your Students Involved & Overcommitted Deadline-driven • Generate a sense of urgency • Align deadlines with priority events like Career Fair Potential Deadlines • ePortfolio Forum • Peer Review • Featured in Michigan Engineering Gallery
  18. 18. “For the past 4 years at UM most of my time has been spent taking a full class load in engineering, working a part time job, and playing on the club lacrosse team. The little free time that I can squeak in-between is spent hanging out with my roommates and friends from class. It’s easy, when life is so crazy, to push off doing work on your ePortfolio. It’s kind of like exercising while at school. You know you should do it, and in fact you enjoy doing it, but when it comes down to prioritizing your time, unless you have someone telling you when to do it, it will never get done.”
  19. 19. Tip #3: Peer Facilitation Utilize a Peer Facilitation Model • Creates ambassadors and generates success stories (encourage authenticity) • Important for scalability; enables one-on-one interaction • Sets standard for future students
  20. 20. Tip #4: Embed in the Culture • Include ePortfolio in all existing “resume” workshops • Require for scholarship applications • Give academic advisors access • Communicate the value-proposition for faculty to use in the classroom • Change the way you talk about it! Instead of “Do you have an ePortfolio?” try saying “Add that to your ePortfolio.”
  21. 21. Lessons Learned Tip #1 – Align Goals Tip #2 – Know Your Students Tip #3 – Peer Facilitation Tip #4 – Embed in the Culture
  22. 22. A Vision for the Future • Every Michigan Engineer creates a portfolio; portfolios are embedded in the culture. • Students set goals, reflect and connect their learning experiences. • Michigan Engineering proudly displays our students’ full range of experiences. • Michigan Engineers become life-long learners and leaders who make a difference in their fields.
  23. 23. 2 3 23
  24. 24. UPOP “Firm Skills” Curriculum Engineering Effectiveness & Active Career Strategy • Classroom instruction, small group and 1:1 coached practice, MIT alums as instructors, mentors and employers • Internships in commercial, government and non-profit sectors • Reinforces and motivates classroom learning
  25. 25. <insert photo of Walker from above with students at tables>
  26. 26. Civil, 3 PoliSci, 5 HASS, 2 STS, 1 Management, 33 Civil, 8 MechE, 74 Material Sci, 27 EECS, 134 ChemE, 44 Aero/Astro, 24 Bio Eng, 33 Nuclear, 4 Chemistry, 9 Biology, 21 Physics, 22 Brain&Cog, 25 EAPS, 3 Econ, 18 Math, 46 Distribution of Student Majors
  27. 27. Questions and Answers Stacie Edington, Program Officer Michigan Engineering Email: sjed@umich.edu Susann Duff Luperfoy, Advisor MIT UPOP Email: luperfoy@mac.com Emily Keller-Logan, University Engagement Director Seelio Email: emily@seelio.com

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