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Constructing a Professional Identity: Connecting College and Career Through ePortfolios

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dc.contributorLeslie Cordieen_US
dc.coverage.spatialAuburn Universityen_US
dc.creatorCordie, Leslie
dc.creatorSailors, Jamie
dc.creatorBarlow, Becky
dc.creatorKush, John S.
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we describe the use of ePortfolios at a public, land-grant university and document how the ePortfolio has been used to develop more authentic learning experiences. We discuss the best practices for ePortfolios and its varied use as a teaching and learning tool. In addition, we discuss the challenges of implementing ePortfolios. For these examples, we provide strategies for helping both undergraduate and graduate students communicate how their academic experiences connect with the expectations of employers. All of these efforts are directed through an online, outward‐facing ePortfolio by providing examples of relevant, professional experiences, combined with reflective writing (i.e., authentic learning). Students who identify the narrative themes running through their experiences, and use those themes to develop an online presence, are able to reflect, construct, and articulate a professional identity through the ePortfolio. Students then can answer the critical question posed by employers, “Tell me about yourself.”en_US
dc.publisherThe Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learningsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of ePortfolioen_US
dc.rightsThe International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) is a peer-reviewed, open access journalen_US
dc.subjectCollege to Careeren_US
dc.subjectProfessional Identityen_US
dc.subjectLifelong Learningen_US
dc.subjectDepartment of Human Development and Family Studiesen_US
dc.subjectSchool of Forestry and Wildlife Sciencesen_US
dc.subjectCollege of Educationen_US
dc.subjectOffice of University Writingen_US
dc.subjectAdult Education Programen_US
dc.subjectAuthentic Learningen_US
dc.subjectTeaching Methodsen_US
dc.subjectOnline Coursesen_US
dc.titleConstructing a Professional Identity: Connecting College and Career Through ePortfoliosen_US
dc.type.genreJournal Article, Academic Journalen_US

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