The first full-year seminar on Art of Advising was completed on May 31. Commonly referred to as the AOA seminar, it is the only seminar offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning that is open to both faculty and staff. In full and half-day interactive workshops, participants learned about the concept of advising as teaching, including “conceptual elements (student development theory and ethical concerns), informational elements (policies, facts, and information needed to advise effectively), and relational elements (rapport building and active listening)” (Vowell and Farren 2003); they also explored the use of ePortfolio for effective advisement.
Participants also developed four advising syllabi, which will be submitted to the Provost as models for implementing the realigned advising design and structure of the College. Further, they worked on an ePortfolio advising template, which could serve as a blueprint in training advisors on how to use ePortfolios for advising, with the end goal of helping students develop realistic and meaningful educational and career plans.
Photo below shows some of the participants with seminar leaders Danielle Insalaco Egan, Rajendra Bhika and Mercedes del Rosario (not in the picture, Bernetta Parson).
May 31, 2013
LaGuardia student Amalia Rojas led off the National ePortfolio Symposium, held by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Atlanta. Amalia was a featured presenter in the kick-off plenary session, along with a student from Spellman College and a student from Clemson University.
Held in annually conjunction with the AAC&U's national conference, the Symposium had hundreds of attendees and featured presentations from colleges and universities nationwide, including Michigan, Virginia Tech, Georgia, and DePaul, as well as Queensborough, LaGuardia, and Salt Lake Community Colleges. http://www.aacu.org/meetings/annualmeeting/AM13/ .
Born in Mexico, Amalia is a Liberal Arts student with a strong interest in theater, linguistics and bilingual education. Her portfolio was shaped in courses taught by a range of LaGuardia faculty, including Naomi Stubbs, Jason Ramirez, Aaron Rizzeri, Maria Jerskey, and others, including our peer mentor/ePortfolio Consultants. Amalia's summer 2012 experience at Vassar College, through LaGuardia's Exploring Transfer program, has added depth and perspective to her education.
January 23, 2013
The Connect 2 Learning (C2L) project, coordinated by LaGuardia Community College's Center for Teaching and Learning, recently held its second Summer Institute. Twenty-three campuses from around the country came together for four days of activities and discussions about ePortfolio pedagogy and practice. The Institute created opportunities for cross-campus sharing, feedback, and working together to strengthen each campus ePortfolio project.
Hosted by Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, the Institute marked an important turning point for the project. The C2L leaders unveiled the fist iteration of the evolving Connect 2 Learning Model of ePortfolio Practices. The Learning Model features and connects the work that campuses are doing as they focus on student learning, working with faculty and staff, programmatic connections, and institutional needs and support for implementing ePortfolio initiatives.
During the Institute, seventy-five leaders across the participating campuses explored the resources of the new C2L Model, examined emerging and exciting evaluation results, and helped each other develop plans for the coming year. "The commitment to community and shared inquiry demonstrated across the group was inspiring," said Dr. Bret Eynon, in reflecting on the event. We want to thank all the people from LaGuardia’s Center for Teaching and Learning and Johnson & Wales University who helped make this Institute a great success!
Nine LaGuardia Community College students and one Manhattanville student showcased their work and shared their learning experiences at the Spring 2012 ePortfolio Student Showcase. Representing various disciplines from Business Administration to Nursing to Fine Arts, the students’ ePortfolios spotlighted their creativity, hard work and perseverance.
ePortfolio Showcases give select students a chance to share the excellent work they have done and connect with a broader audience consisting of other students, faculty, and administrators both within and outside of the college.