About UNT Career Connect

UNT Career Connect will engage students through action-based experiential learning in the context of communities - public or private sector - in order to develop communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.  

UNT Career Connect will use an e-portfolio system that allows students to collect, connect and showcase the evidence of learning from their curricular and co-curricular experiences that build these skills. The e-portfolio selection and implementation will begin in spring/summer 2016.

Connect can be achieved in a variety of ways, meaning students can take advantage of the experiences that best suit their needs and faculty or staff can incorporate UNT Career Connect in their classroom in a variety of ways, including:

Class internships

Non-credit internships

Study Abroad

Service learning projects

Capstone experiences

Course projects

Volunteer projects

Student groups

Research endeavors

Student employment

Virtual collaboration

Creative endeavors

 

Typical Career Connect projects include...

  1. community partner. Community partners make the experience real. Community is usually thought of as external to UNT, but there are internal UNT communities that can also replicate real-world experiences (student newspaper, lab band, student employment, etc.).
  2. At least one of the three student learning outcomes – Communication, Teamwork, and Critical Thinking – which are essential skills students can develop in a variety of settings.
  3. Have an outcome or product to ensure the validity of the activity and express the benefit to all parties. Career Connect activities will be observed or reviewed to provide valid and reliable assessment of student learning outcomes – demonstrating the skills of student to themselves, instructors, and potential employers, and providing feedback for improvements to all involved.
  4. Use the ePortfolio to allow students (and the institution) to organize and display the valid evidence of learning.