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Reap the benefits of integrating Career Connect ePortfolio

          

A Career Connect activity offers students an opportunity to engage in real-life experiences in curricular and/or co-curricular settings. Every UNT student already has access to a wide range of these existing activities including internships, volunteer work, research projects, study abroad trips, etc.  With Career Connect, as students complete these experiential activities, important skills like communication, teamwork, and critical thinking can be evaluated. Additionally, students are able to integrate the work with their other experiences by reflecting and identifying the skills they build as a result of these activities- all to prepare them with marketable skills for careers and graduate degrees. 

Get Involved!

  • Do you provide an opportunity for your students to engage in experiential learning in a “real-world” setting?
  • Do you provide students an opportunity to allow students to develop their communication, critical thinking, and/or teamwork skills?
  • Is there something your students can showcase as a result of this assignment that also demonstrates the above skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, reach out to us and let us know. We are available to discuss how to offer your students and an opportunity to showcase the valuable work and skills they are gaining through your course by having them include it in the UNT ePortfolio, or even better (and more exciting for the student), getting badged for their skills.

To learn more, share an idea, or understand more about the ePortfolio, contact the Career Connect Faculty and Staff Development Coordinator, Meena Naik, meena.naik@unt.edu or complete the project idea form

What resources can I access?
  • If you are interested in getting involved or just need to know how to get started, contact Meena Naik at meena.naik@unt.edu. You can also visit the GAB, room 201 on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30pm where we hold weekly office hours to answer your questions and troubleshoot the ePortfolio.
  • Would you like to see examples of projects and how Career Connect was incorporated? Check our project examples.
  • Curious about how skills are assessed? You can view the Career Connect rubrics here.
  • If you have students who need assistance with their ePortfolio, they can visit our office hours in the GAB, room 207 on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30pm . Additionally, the UNT Subject Librarians are happy to meet with students to discuss how to get started in the ePortfolio or make sure they understand how to complete their ePortfolio requirement. 

What can get badged?

Any co-curricular program requirement that includes all of the following can allow a student to get badged in one of the Career Connect skill areas:

  • Integrates students’ ePortfolio use into a student experience
  • Requires students to develop a product or activity that can be observed, rated, and reflected upon
  • Requires students to reflect on their learning activity and product by providing answers to Career Connect reflection statements
  • Integrates student learning in one or more of the following skills: written communication, oral communication, teamwork, or critical thinking
  • Develops an outcome or program that involves real-life experiences (experiential learning) and may include a community partnership benefiting both students and the community partner

If students accumulate these badges across their curricular and co-curricalar experiences, it allows them to gain a credential that would appear on an alternative transcript. This credential achievement would have a direct link to your activity as well as the other projects that got them to this point. Learn more about badges here

What are examples of high impact, community-engaged, real-world experiences?

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

If you have specific questions contact the Career Connect Faculty and Staff Development Coordinator, Meena Naik at Meena.Naik@unt.edu.