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Co-Curricular Records Right problem, wrong solution?
Vision of Co-Curricular Records http://bit.ly/ePIC2014_CCR1
What Problem are We Solving? Student Engagement Student Success Value learning outside the classroom Track, measure & authenticate: Leadership, community service, athletics, special interests, specialized skills and knowledge Evidence-based support for further goals: Academic Scholarships, awards, bursaries, transfer to senior college (community college to university) graduate school Employment WBL, internships, placements, permanent jobs
What Problem are We Solving? Student Engagement Student Success Value learning outside the classroom Track, measure & authenticate: Leadership, community service, athletics, special interests, specialized skills and knowledge Evidence-based support for further goals: Academic Scholarships, awards, bursaries, transfer to senior college (community college to university) graduate school Employment WBL, internships, placements, permanent jobs when they are going out to search for a job, they are able to submit their co- curricular record along with their transcript and show their whole, overall student experience. University of Calgary
Employability (Trent U 2013) Employer Responses to the Co-Curricular Record Top Skills or Qualities Problem Solving Abilities, Adaptability/Flexibility, Enthusiasm/Dedication, Communication (Written & Verbal), Personable Nature, Ability to Learn, Reliability Types of activities Longer-term commitments demonstrate a greater level of student investment; leadership roles are valued. bit.ly/TrentU_CCR
Three Pillars of the CCR Build a database of eligible elements Volunteer activities, events, awards, non-formal learning Provided & validated by campus organizations Selected & tracked by students Connect experience to learning Linked to competencies, outcomes Self-reflection prompts, checklists: achievement statements Produce the (paper) record Database report Institutional branding Security features http://www.collegequarterly.ca/2013-vol16-num01-winter/elias-drea.html
Example Carleton University
Good for Campus Organizations Features and Benefits Microsite CMS for online campus communities Communication: pages, galleries, newsfeeds, news letters, forums, social media gateways Member management, self-service Event management, calendar consolidation, room bookings E-commerce, budgeting tools Integration with other systems: academic, work placement, career, etc.
Good for Students? Issues with Co-Curricular Records Only approved (campus) activities No academic service/experiential learning, research No off-campus employment, community service Portal-driven, mostly time-based Little/no reflection, integration, alignment Few tools or opportunities, especially after upload No ePortfolio integration A paper report from a database (?!) A laundry list: linear, siloed, inflexible, archaic
Employability (Trent U 2013) Employer Responses to the Co-Curricular Record Top Skills or Qualities Problem Solving Abilities, Adaptability/Flexibility, Enthusiasm/Dedication, Communication (Written & Verbal), Personable Nature, Ability to Learn, Reliability Types of activities Longer-term commitments demonstrate a greater level of student investment; leadership roles are valued. Interest in CCR as a document: minimal Students should use the document as a tool for reviewing their co- curricular experiences and reflecting on what skills/learning achievements were gained from each. Any relevant co-curricular experiences should be incorporated into the resume, and potentially referenced in the cover letter. Reference the skills identified in the job posting.accuracy and conciseness are valued in applications. bit.ly/TrentU_CCR
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Other Approaches Universit de Sherbrooke: Plan de dveloppement individuel (PDI) Online tool, choosing self-assessment over authentication (16 skills) Used for WBL (work on 3 skills on work term, with employer participation Universit de Laval: Webfolio Optional eportfolio, certified by university placement counsellor Support for CV & letter http://bit.ly/UA_CCR
Student Needs Collect, Select, Reflect, Connect Catalogue your lifewide learning experiences De-silo your compartmentalized skills and knowledge: Evaluate, compare, integrate, transfer Align to goals, contextualize, support Rehearse, edit Rince, repeat
Learning ePortfolios Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) are collections of digitally represented artifacts that: document practice include reflection integrate experience map to goals and/or standards promote deep learning and knowledge transfer Tracy Penny Light, CAPLA 2013
Research Says It Takes More than a Major Findings of 2013 survey of 318 employers for AAC&U: 93%: candidates demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, & solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major >80%: an electronic portfolio would be useful to them in ensuring that job applicants have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their company or organization. bit.ly/AAEEBL13_AACU
What about ePortfolio as a Co-Curricular Record?
One Simple Approach Hacking the CPD Module in Mahara Video: youtu.be/RXBOWg6Bkm4 Page: bit.ly/Goshen_CCReP
University Presidents Vision 1 Alan Davis, Kwantlen Polytechnic University BC RPL Summit presentation March 2013
Tales from the trenches
Naysayers What one contentious Scotsman says E-portfolios 7 reasons why I dont want my life in a shoebox: 1. Uninteroperable 2. Institutionalised 3. Human nature 4. People are not learners 5. Boundary problems 6. Plus ca change 7. Recruitment myth DONALD CLARK PLAN B
Questions that need asking Do you have an ePortfolio? Is an ePortfolio just another way of getting a grade? Is ePortfolio just another way of reporting up? If ePortfolios are used for learning assessment, are you prepared to assess for prior learning? If it is a tool for transition: What happens when a student brings an ePortfolio to your institution, say from high school? Will your students want to keep their ePortfolios after they graduate? If they do, can they? Is this a favour from your institution, or a deliberate strategy?
What about Open Badges?
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