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3 Reasons to Start Your Portfolio Freshman Year

As the semester comes to a close, it’s a great time to step back and think about projects or experiences you’ve had that could be great additions to your portfolio. While you might think portfolio building is only important for juniors and seniors, it’s actually a great thing to start right at the beginning of your college of experience so you can build up a showcase of your skills and experiences throughout college. Check out this advice from USA Today about 3 Steps to Build a Winning College Portfolio:

“Begin working on your portfolio during your freshman year of college, and continue adding to it each year. Besides making it easier to keep track of and organize your work in a chronological manner, organizing your portfolio by year shows a progression over time. Potential employers and graduate school admissions officers tend to seek out candidates who show incremental improvement in their skills and abilities, so having a portfolio that is organized in such a manner is likely to give you a leg up on your competition.”

Three more reasons to start your portfolio freshman year or sophomore year:

The Snowball Effect: Evolving Your Class Into An Active Learning Experience

Welcome to the second post in our two-part series about evolving your course to incorporate active learning. Previously we shared how one professor at Ohio University evolved his course into a “90 minute creativity concert” of active learning. Today we’ll share actionable tips that you can apply to your courses.

The Snowball Effect


As we covered how Eric Williams transformed his MDIA 1020: Media and the Creative Process course from a traditional, lecture-based format to an engaging, active-learning “90 minute creativity concert,” we were inspired to think about and share ways that other faculty in any discipline could do the same, using a concept called the “snowball effect.”

The snowball effect is a process which begins with one small change that builds upon itself, becoming larger and more significant along the way, like a ball of snow rolling down a hillside. If properly guided, this process can have a majorly positive impact on a situation just by taking small steps along the way.

Changing a class is not a simple process, but it can be made easier by approaching the process of evolving the course slowly and methodically. By instituting a few small changes each semester, you can “snowball” a successful, manageable evolution of the course in just a couple of years, giving you time to adjust, get comfortable, and evaluate. Let’s talk about a few ways you can get started.

Educator Spotlight: Integrative Portfolios for Social Change

Integrative Portfolios of Social Change with Dr. Katie Richards-Schuster

We asked our educational partner, Dr. Katie Richards-Schuster, to share how the University of Michigan’s Community Action and Social Change minor is using integrative portfolios for social change. See what she had to say about how portfolios are being used in a capstone course to help students:

1) Think critically about community engagement in the classroom and the community;
2) Articulate their passions and commitments for social justice work;
3) Position themselves for social justice and social change in the real world.

Browse the presentation below or watch a recording of our AAEEBL Webinar 


 See CASC on Seelio: seelio.com/g/casc