Last week was a busy one. I presented at the CUE conference along with two of my colleagues from the Center for Teaching and Learning at LaGuardia, where I work. We spoke about the introduction of the new freshmen seminar with key components that will empower students in succeeding in college: ePortfolios and peer mentors. This is a topic I had written about a while ago too and I was very excited.
The CUE conference is one that's celebrated every year in one CUNY campus, and this year it was hosted by LaGuardia. Titled "Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom," close to 500 attendees (faculty, staff, and students) came to share their expertise in key areas like holistic learning, advisement, peer mentoring, and more.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Kuh from the university of Illinois, gave an insightful presentation emphasizing the role of educators in today's classroom, touching on student engagement, the importance of feedback, and crucial tasks like reflection, integration, and application.
Our presentation focused on the peer mentoring program and its pivotal role in the development of the newly redesigned first year seminar. Titled: “ePortfolios and Peer Mentoring - Putting the Whole in Holistic,” our presentation gave an overview of what students need when coming to college for the first time; and how adapting to this new culture can impact their journeys. Besides peer mentors serving as a bridge between students and faculty, they also represent a role model in accompanying students along the way in the first semester. The first year seminar at LaGuardia includes a laboratory hour that is facilitated by a peer mentor; this is the hour devoted to developing ePortfolios and to strengthen the connections among students. For more information, you can visit the CUE conference site or the CUNY Commons site.
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.