ePortfolios for Employability

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Presentation at the AAEEBL conference in Boston, MA July 21, 2010.

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  • Over 28 employers surveyed and good work ethic, teamwork, communication and technology skills were of the utmost importance to prospective employeesReference Building Bridges
  • Note only 4/11 students submitted eportfolios in Spring 2010
  • Student at Friendly’s did not expand on a job that she had for over 5 years. Upon reflection she explained how much she has grown and learned from the experience.
  • Feedback from colleagues, BCC Alumni, previous employers, peers
  • ePortfolios for Employability

    1. 1. ePortfolios for Employability<br />Technology Careers Program<br />Geetha Nehemia<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    2. 2. Goals of Technology Careers<br />Learn Industry expectations of technical communication and collaboration<br />Improve technology skills<br />Perform and learn independently<br />Analyze and reflect upon experiences<br />Provide a competitive edge in job-seeking<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    3. 3. Goals of the ePortfolio<br />Career Planning/Awareness<br />Increase writing skills<br />Reflection and Lifelong Learning <br />Centralized repository <br />Unique, individualized portfolio to display strengths, talents and skills<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    4. 4. Inception<br />Received a Perkins IV grant to prepare S.T.E.M. students for the workforce <br />Local employers responded that STEM students needed to strengthen written and oral communication skills<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    5. 5. Implementation<br />Civil Engineering senior students created ePortfolios in Spring 2008<br />Drawings<br />Incremental approach over a two year period in eFolioWorld<br />C.E.T. Graduate<br />C.E.T. Freshman<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    6. 6. Employer Involvement<br />Grant includes workforce preparation<br />Over the past 2 years Tech Careers Office offered face to face and telephone mock interviews<br />Employers responded that 56% of students had good communication skills<br />38% of employers noted that ePortfolios enhanced the resumes<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    7. 7. Results<br />400 students have created ePortfolios within 3 years <br />Reflection and ongoing engagement was intermittent<br />Faculty liaisons engaged students to update and reflect on their portfolios during contact time<br />Intermittent feedback from course instructors <br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    8. 8. ePortfolio Course<br />Spring 2010 Hybrid BIT ePortfolio course <br />Students engaged in collecting, selecting, and reflecting on artifacts and life experiences<br />Incorporated Service Learning to obtain career experience<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    9. 9. Adult Learners<br />Service Learning and reflections assist dislocated workers<br />Independent study to continue service learning for skill building<br />Utilizing ePortfolio to showcase skills for master’s program and future employability<br />Graphic Designer<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    10. 10. Career Planning<br />Researching careers - Librarians<br />Creating resumes – Writing Center & Placement Office<br />Alumni evaluations – Alumni Director<br />Employer reviews – Alumni and contacts<br />Oral presentations to peers in class<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    11. 11. Plans for 2010-2011<br />Incorporating Early Childhood Education, and Business students<br />One credit course offered consecutively over 3 semesters to incorporate ePortfolios and other types of technology<br />Possible model for other departments<br />Incorporate ePortfolios for elementary school students<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    12. 12. Increase technology skills<br />Spatial mapping and video skills <br />Perkins IV grant to learn GIS and collaborate with other institutions to teach our faculty<br />Integration in classes<br />Ability to showcase learning with maps and video in ePortfolio<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    13. 13. Accreditation<br />Utilized ePortfolio for NACEP Accreditation of BCC’s concurrent enrollment program<br />Assisted in the compilation and review of information submitted<br />Ease of use for reviewers<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    14. 14. Questions and Feedback<br />How to motivate faculty and administration to emphasize ePortfolios?<br />How to motivate employers to embrace ePortfolios?<br />How to engage students to continue portfolio building beyond the course?<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />
    15. 15. Contact Info<br />Website: http://sunybroome.edu/custom/techcareers<br />Efolio: http://geethanehemia.v2efolioworld.mnscu.edu<br />Email: nehemiag@sunybroome.edu<br />Twitter: nehemiag<br />Funding provided by Perkins IV Career and Technical Act<br />

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