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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.

Seelio Now Available to Students at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

A Picture of the Tribeca Flashpoint Academy Gallery on Seelio

Chicago, IL – (November 05, 2014)- Tribeca Flashpoint Academy (TFA) has a new way to help students collaborate across disciplines, showcase their work, and make connections with employers. Starting this fall, students will have access to Seelio, a student lifecycle portfolio solution that enables them to document and capture their learning and enter their interviews with confidence—along with real examples of what they can do.

With strong roots in hands-on learning, Seelio is a natural fit for students at TFA who are required to create an online portfolio of work throughout their educational experience. With Seelio’s showcase features, TFA can bring visibility to students’ work, enable them to connect directly with employers, and participate in commissioned projects before they graduate. Additionally, as students capture and document their learning experiences in one place, TFA will be able to evaluate and assess learning outcomes and demonstrate the power of its progressive training model.

“Tribeca Flashpoint Academy is dedicated to helping our students get a leading edge in the job market after graduation, and that’s precisely what Seelio will help them accomplish,” said TFA Academic Dean Peter Hawley. “We’re greatly looking forward to giving our students and faculty members access to this powerful tool.”

Seelio, founded in 2011, provides services and technology to higher education institutions in order to help students achieve the best possible return on their educational investment. With training, support, and consultation, students and faculty across TFA will be empowered to utilize Seelio’s technology to document and showcase their learning accomplishments.

“We’re excited to be working with TFA faculty and students,” said Moses Lee, CEO & Cofounder of Seelio. “We are passionate about student success and see this partnership as an important way to help TFA students present and showcase their learning inside and outside the classroom.”

TFA’s partnership with Seelio will extend over the next three years; information about Seelio accounts will be shared with TFA students and faculty via email.

For more information, please contact Kristin Hertko, TFA’s Marketing Director, at Kristin.Hertko(at)tfa(dot)edu or 312.506.0714; or Emily Keller-Logan, Seelio’s Director of Marketing and Communications, at Emily(at)seelio(dot)com or 734.369.8388.

About Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

An accredited institution located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy is one of the industry’s most well-known and respected digital media arts colleges—providing hands-on, career-focused degree programs in high-tech industries including film, recording arts, visual design, animation, digital marketing, and more. Learn more at http://www.tfa.edu.

About Seelio

Seelio partners with higher-ed institutions to create the world’s most prepared students through student lifecycle portfolios. With Seelio’s services and technology, students are able to easily and beautifully capture their works, projects and passions; and institutions can better attract students, build awareness and prepare students for meaningful careers. Learn more at http://www.seelio.com.