Advising Through ePortfolios - A Giant Leap Towards Student Success

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    Advising with ePortfolios: A Small Step

    Towards a Giant Leap to Success

    Raj Bhika, CPA, MS

    Associate Professor, Business and Technology, LAGCC

    Mercedes del Rosario, Ed.D.

    ePortfolio Director, LAGCC

    Danielle Insalaco-Egan, Ph.D.

    Senior Director for Academic Advisement, LAGCC

    Bernetta Parson

    Director, Transfer Services, LAGCC

    12thANNUAL CUNY IT CONFERENCE

    Dec 5, 2013

    John Jay College, NYC

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    How do we guide studentseducational growth and success?

    Working with first generation

    college students, how can we help

    them envision and build new

    identities as learners and

    emerging professionals?

    How can ePortfolios help in theseefforts?

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    If advisors are given access to

    student ePortfolios, advisors cangive students more relevant andmeaningful guidance, over andabove the course selectionadvising that is often the solefocus of an advising session.

    ePortfolios, as the virtual alter-

    egos of students, can be used togenerate the kind of informationthat advisors can refer to beforeoffering guidance.

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    Advising is viewed as a way to connect

    students to the campus and help them feelthat someone is looking out for them.

    (Kuh, Kinzie and Schuh, 2005, p. 14)*

    The goal of advising through ePortfoliosshould be to replicate the intimacy of a face-

    to-face advisor-student relationship in the

    virtual realm.

    *See: Kuh, Kinzie & Schuh, (2005), Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter

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    In this more responsivedigital model, a move from

    procedural to a more

    personal and communal

    involvement in theadvising process is

    achieved.

    Greater proportions of

    students can be channeled

    into active preparation for,participation in, and

    engagement with the

    advising process.

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    How do

    ePortfolios make

    possible the leap

    to student

    success?

    As both process and product,

    ePortfolios enable the student

    simultaneously to look back on her

    work, synthesizing learning and

    carefully selecting artifacts toproduce a snapshot of these

    educational experiences, and prime

    her to continue the dynamic process

    of self-reflection and life-long

    learning.

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    Critical thinking skillsdeveloped in the scopeof writing a reflectionstatement for the

    ePortfolio are linked,both literally andconceptually, to otherareas of a students lifeacademic, professional,and personal.

    .

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    My advisor should have

    access to my ePortfolio

    before our session.

    I would have a well written

    About Me page so that the

    advisor knows a bit of my

    story.

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    I would have a goalstab where I wouldexplain my careergoals. This would

    allow my advisor to gointo our meeting withan idea of what myplans are and he orshe would be better

    able to providemeaningful advice

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    I would have a courseprojects/work page where Ihave deposited an artifactfrom every course Ive taken

    at LAGCC. This would allowthe advisor to learn aboutmy level of scholasticachievement.

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    Reveals clues to students

    motivations and goals

    Gives advisors a starting

    point for conversation and

    assessing students self-

    awareness and transfer

    readiness.

    Transfer AdvisingStudents Professional Goals Page

    My educational goal is to

    graduate from LaGuardia

    community college in Fall 2013with an Accounting degree and

    then transfer to Baruch College.

    It is a senior college of the City

    University of New York system, the

    third largest university system in

    the United States in terms of

    enrollment, and the largest

    business school in the United

    States.

    In order for me to achieve this goal

    I will have to work very hard on my

    school work, and I will have to

    become a better student.

    Students Sample Coursework

    ENG101

    An Introduction

    to Expository

    Writing

    Spring 2013 Christence

    BTI121

    People,

    Work, and

    Organizations

    Spring 2013 Perry

    BTA201Intermediate

    Accounting 1Spring 2013 Wu

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    Advisors can help students

    create drafts for scholarshipsand transfer essays.

    Transfer AdvisingStudents About Me Page

    In my life, I have accomplished

    many things that on the grand

    scale of things wouldnt beconsidered monumental, but they

    have considerably influenced the

    path I am currently on.

    The one that is most prominent is

    obtaining my GED after years of

    putting it off. I had to look within

    myself to find qualities that I

    thought had been long buried

    when I was a 19 year old student.

    I had to be determined, assertive

    and persevering. I had to maintain

    a focus that I did not believe I was

    capable of and these traits have

    carried over to my current role as

    LAGCC student.

    Students Educational Goals Page

    During research projects in my

    CEP class, I have come across a

    career that would suit my skill set.

    This career [is] Industrial

    Organizational Psychologist.

    In this day where workplace

    violence is on the rise, I believethat a career in this field would

    allow me to play my part in

    curbing this disturbing trend in our

    society.

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    What kinds of conversations could you have about

    transfer with this student?

    Students EducationGoals Page

    I highly depend on financial aid,

    and I was afraid of how I was

    going to pay for college. When I

    entered LaGuardia and was

    accepted into theAccelerated

    Studies in Associate Programs

    (ASAP), college became a reality.

    My biggest barrier is support.

    Being the first one in my family to

    go to college is difficult. My family

    expects a lot from me and they do

    not know how the college path in

    the United States works.

    About Me Page

    I want to work with urban-lower

    class-disenfranchised minority

    children and teenagers in an

    educational setting to provide

    them with the support and

    resources that I did not have in

    school as a child.

    This is why I am majoring in

    Language (Spanish and

    Portuguese) & Latin American

    Studies to better understand the

    Latino community in the US.

    http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/asap/http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/asap/http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/asap/http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/asap/http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/asap/http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/asap/
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    What kinds of conversations could you have about

    transfer with this student?

    I would like to pursue a Masters

    in Journalism and work as acorrespondent in Latin America

    or as a US diplomat. Why do I

    aspire to fulfill these goals?

    I am a renaissance man. I have apassion to learn the arts and

    sciences, and through them

    learn about my role in society

    and give back to my community.

    If there were no barriers, I would

    without a doubt attend

    Middlebury College.

    I would experience life on

    campus and pursue a Bachelors

    degree in Latin American

    Studies and Spanish and

    Portuguese.

    I would spend an academic year

    abroad in Brazil and learn about

    the language, culture, literature,

    and arts.

    http://www.middlebury.edu/http://www.middlebury.edu/
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    Overview of Seminar

    It is a newly formed seminar

    Year-long (Fall and Spring)

    Co-led by faculty and staff

    First to integrate faculty andstaff

    The Participants

    2013 - 2014 Cohort: 19 Facultyand Staff

    Graduate of other ePortfolio-based seminars

    Full-time and Part-time

    Seminar Objectives - Click Here

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    Seminar Topics

    ePortfolio for Academic, transfer,and career Advisement

    Types of Advisement Motivational Interviewing Developing/Using an Advisement

    Syllabus

    Developing/Using an EducationalPlan

    Faculty View: Video - SeminarParticipant - Click Here

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHZwIccqReQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHZwIccqReQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHZwIccqReQ
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    rbhika@lagcc.cuny.edu

    mdelrosario@lagcc.cuny.edu

    bparson@lagcc.cuny.edu

    dinsalaco-egan@lagcc.cuny.edu