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Employers and Portfolios: Purdue University Calumet Prepares Students For Interviews With Seelio

From early on here at Seelio we’ve believed that portfolios can be hugely beneficial in the hiring process. It turns out that we’re not the only ones who think so. AAC&U released a survey indicating that 4 out of 5 employers surveyed stated that portfolios would be helpful to them in evaluating students for potential positions.

Similarly, students and employers using Seelio have told us as much.

That’s why we are excited to help Purdue University Calumet share student portfolio work with employers looking to hire their students.

Earlier this year, Purdue University Calumet launched a pilot implementation of Seelio across multiple disciplines to empower students to capture examples of their learning and use those examples to connect with potential employers.

A Picture from the recent Dean's Executive Council Meeting at the College of Technology at Purdue University CalumetAt the recent College of Technology Dean’s Executive Council, a gathering between university leadership and 14 of the region’s leading industry and business executives, Dean Niaz Latif identified four outcomes for student portfolios at Purdue Calumet:

  • Helping employers see the capability of students by reviewing their work and determining fit with open opportunities
  • Allowing the university to assess student learning
  • Allowing students to participate in team-building and enabling faculty to have a clear picture of what students are learning
  • Enabling faculty members to provide mentorship to students as they build their digital identity through portfolios

At the meeting, Purdue Calumet junior Matthew Dombrowski shared his progress in building his digital identity as a way to connect with employers:

“Words on a resume can only do so much to convey skills, but a portfolio allows employers to see real examples of my skill level and what I can bring to their open position. Of all of the sites I’ve used, this is by far the easiest,” Matthew told the room of industry and business executives.

A Picture of Matthew Dombrowski's Portfolio on Seelio

See Matthew’s portfolio: seelio.com/mdombrowski 

In portfolio classes, faculty members provide guidelines that enable students like Matthew to document their progress and demonstrate who contributed to each component of the project. In response, faculty can communicate privately with students to provide feedback, as well as assess student competencies in teamwork, communication, and product completion timelines.

Purdue Calumet plans to create curated showcases of student work that employers can use to find students who demonstrate particular skills. Employers at the meeting responded positively to this idea and expressed interest in using portfolios as part of an “online job fair” that matches student work with job requirements.

By integrating portfolios into a variety of classes across the student experience, Purdue Calumet is enabling students like Matthew to demonstrate precisely how their education is preparing them to succeed. For faculty and others, “it’s a one stop shop to view their performance,” said Dr. Latif.

See Purdue University Calumet on Seelio: seelio.com/purduecal or learn more about bringing Seelio to your students: seelio.com/educators

Student Spotlight: Stephanie Peters and Lucas Gard from Purdue University Calumet

One of our favorite things about wrapping up a semester is seeing students who take all of the great work they’ve been doing in classes and start to show it off in their portfolios.

At Purdue University Calumet, our service team kicked off portfolios in a variety of programs this semester. In one class, our faculty partner, Dr. Magesh Chandramouli, approached us with a great idea–setting up a contest to showcase the 2 students who went above and beyond with their portfolio throughout the class.

In all the CGT (Computer Graphics Tech) courses that I teach, I constantly urge the students to build a digital portfolio and continually update it. Seelio has made it quite simple for the students to organize and present their work in an effective and visually-appealing format to prospective employers. Instead of having to worry about designing the website, students can now actually focus on the ‘quality of their work’. I strongly recommend Seelio for creating a good-quality digital portfolio that can help with the job search-process and also serve as a visually pleasing online repository –  Magesh Chandramouli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics Technology

For the challenge, students in Digital Lighting and Rendering, a computer graphics class focused on providing a working knowledge of both virtual and real world lighting technologies, were given a copy of Seelio’s Student Portfolio rubric and instructed that the students with the best final scores would be selected as class winners. The winners would have their portfolios featured to the Seelio community and receive a certificate from the PUC College of Technology and Seelio recognizing their great work.

Over the semester we encountered some pretty cool updates from students in the class showcase:

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But, as the semester came to an end, only two students could win.

14 Things We’re Thankful For at Seelio

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Seelio!

2014 has been full of many good things, from new partners to new students to new team members. We sat down and listed out 14 of the many things we’re thankful for. We hope you enjoy!

14 Things We’re Thankful For:

1) I am thankful for all the inspiration I’ve gotten from looking through the Seelio gallery.  Our students do really amazing things; it makes me want to do amazing things too!

2) I’m thankful for the great space we’ve been able to work out of, thanks to SPARK and to the great state of Michigan!

A picture of Ann Arbor SPARK Office Space