Looking to Excel: An Event Where Students Show Off their Work

Students presenting their ePortfolio at LaGuardia. (Photo: ePortfolio at LaGuardia Community College).

Students presenting their ePortfolio at LaGuardia. (Photo: ePortfolio at LaGuardia Community College).

What's an ePortfolio showcase? I asked my class. "Students show off work," one of my students replied. Yes, that's exactly what it is and at LaGuardia, the ePortfolio Student Showcase is an special event I get to organize once a year. Since I started working at LaGuardia, I was always (curious and) attracted by the way these kinds of events are organized, and then eventually dragged into how stressful it can get, too. But getting to know new students, and give them an opportunity to showcase their work is the major take-out of all this work.

Usually on January, the ePortfolio Student Showcase allows students to show off the work the've done in their ePortfolios and within their fields of study. As the team leader, I have to make sure that there is diversity of majors, this in turn attracts our audience's attention because everyone gets to see the way ePortfolios are used across various disciplines. At the event, students are paired up with a classmate and they introduce their work and ePortfolios to a small audience within 20 minutes. The audience then gets a few minutes to shuffle around and visit other stations where more students are also presenting their work. This carousel format makes it friendlier and more intimate for students to engage in a fruitful discussion while expressing their professional interests. 

But even more interesting it is to showcase the work outside of the school. This year, for instance, we had a student from Queens College and one from Queensborough Community College as well. These two campuses, among many other in the CUNY system, implement the ePortfolio pedagogy with outstanding results and that's reflected on the students' work.

Visualize Your Learning Experience

Last Thursday January 30th, we had our very first showcase with 8 LaGuardia students and 2 guest students from other campuses. Even though every presenter came from a different background and interest, they were all able to visualize their learning experience by showing videos, essays, presentations, and other forms of assignments. Their ePortfolios, added to the level of engagement with the audience, allowed the audience to get to know them more and beyond a simple class assignment. 

Student Presenters at the 2013 ePortfolio Student Showcase at LaGuardia Community College. (Photo: ePortfolio at LaGuardia Community College).

Student Presenters at the 2013 ePortfolio Student Showcase at LaGuardia Community College. (Photo: ePortfolio at LaGuardia Community College).

Become a Digital Citizen

In general, ePortfolios allow students to become digital citizens. These days, with emerging new technologies and ways of interactions, students engage in conversations and information-sharing platforms to make connections and pursue their goals; with ePortfolios, students are able to show the abilities they have if they were to apply for an internship position, for example. Likewise, they can integrate other platforms and form an online identity that enables them to show the world who they are. Many students have taken ePortfolios to the next level and have started their own blog or personal website which can help them identify the niche they want to end up in.

This is always an event I look forward to. Every year. 

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ABOUT PABLO

I am an ePortfolio instructor working in New York City. I am also a student in the MA program in educational psychology at Hunter College. In my current position, I instruct students how to develop and build their ePortfolio to showcase their academic skills. I also collaborate in professional development seminars with faculty members from various departments on building the curriculum to teach the first year seminar experience. Read more about me.