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January 14, 2019

Top Student Success Stories of 2018

As we plan ahead for 2019, we at Portfolium thought it would be best to take a look back at some of the top Student Success Stories of 2018 and highlight a few of our favorites.

 

 In 2018, we launched the first full-stack Student Success Platform with several new tools including Pathways, Digital Badging, and Student Learning Outcome Assessment. Over 4.5M students from 3,600+ colleges, universities and high schools have joined the network to show off what they are learning and many more are signing up daily.

 
That is just the tip of the iceberg and we can't wait to see what 2019 brings. Take a look at our favorite moments of the past year, including new partner updates, strategic partners, student projects, industry stories, blog posts, ebooks, webinars and more.
 


Top 3 Educational Innovators of 2018:

 
Florida International University

Florida International University

“As an active current user of Portfolium’s ePortfolios, we foresee the expansion as an answer to bridging the gap between Academic Affairs and Career Services and centralizing the education-to-workforce student pathway. BadgeLink will give our students a leg up on the competition when they enter the workforce, prepared to talk about and display their competencies confidently.” - Bridgette Cram, Director of Academic Programs and Partnerships. Read more.
 
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Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

"Portfolium seems to offer the most robust platform for multiple purposes, integrates seamlessly with Canvas, and affords students a long term tool to represent and market their educational experience." - Michael Tew, Associate Provost & Associate VP for Academic Programming & Services. Read more.
 
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Virginia Tech

 

Virginia Tech

“We chose to add BadgeLink on to our existing Portfolium access because I believe this will help us to meet campuswide badging needs while piloting some authentic assessment projects. I look forward to seeing how we can innovate with this new tool." - Stefanie Metko, Director of Teacher & Learning Engagement. Read more.
 
 
 


Top 3 Educational Systems in 2018:

Tenesse Department of Education

 

 

Tennessee Department of Education

"In supporting the TEAM student growth portfolios, Portfolium provides enhanced functionality that will automate several processes associated with their development." 
 
 
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California State University

 

California State University System

"Portfolium helps our students and alumni connect skill and competency development to career outcomes. With millions of posted artifacts, it is a powerful visual expression of the quality of California State University graduates." 
 
. . .
 
University System of Maryland

University System of Maryland

"We believe BadgeLink can provide the technical infrastructure we need to take B.E.S.T. to the next level for our institutions. Without these kinds of tools, it would be difficult to make badge earning opportunities available to all of our students." 
 
 


Top 3 Student Projects of 2018:

Graphic Design: "Food Package Design" by Ekaterina Kovaleva, Georgia State University

 

"Designing the food’s package with a goal of speaking to children to promote healthier eating habits. Cute Food package design considers how wording, imagery, package form, and factual information can integrate to accomplish this." - Ekaterina Kovaleva, Georgia State University
See project.

 

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Engineering: "AutoDesk 3D Render" by Calvin Rai, Cal Poly Pomona

 "This was a small side project I worked on creating a 3D tunnel and tower that utilized AutoCAD's lighting, texturing, and rendering capabilities...AutoCAD is primarily used for engineering and architectural purposes, but I wanted to use it to create something mysterious and artistic." - Calvin Rai, CSU Pomona
See project.

 

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Business: "Strategic Management Business Analysis" by Hunter Boyer, Virginia Tech

 "Looking at a case that is centered around a single corporation, we had to fully analyze the entire corporate structure from a strategic standpoint and create a poster. We first define a strategic issue that we frame our analyses around." - Hunter Boyer, Virginia Tech.
See project.

 


Top 3 Industry Stories of 2018:

The future(s) of Public Higher Education
"How can US state universities meet growing demands for relevance even as they face a funding squeeze? Here are five innovative ways that stakeholders can collaborate to deliver an effective yet affordable educational experience." 
Read more.

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We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future
"The new learning ecosystem will have to facilitate more seamless transitions in and out of the workforce. We need better assessment tools and prior learning assessments to take any student and assess where they are."
Read more.

 

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"We need to humanize our Student Success strategy. It is long past due that we change from a model that treats students as a cog in a wheel and into a personalized learning experience built around the student achieving long-term success in life."
Read more.

 



Top 3 Student Success Blog Posts of 2018:

The 7 Deadly Sins of Badging in Education

By Troy Markowitz, VP of Academic Partnerships at Portfolium

 

7 Deadly Sins of Digital Badging
"Your institution’s digital badging initiative is getting off the ground and students are “earning” badges, but are they providing value to the student today and in their future career? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone."
Read more.

 

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New Rules and a New Ecosystem for College and Career

By Dr. Peter Smith, Orkand Chair and Professor of Innovative Practices
in Higher Education at University of Maryland University College

 

Assessment of Prior Learning by Dr. Peter Smith

"...These are the benefits of 'free-range learning in a digital world.' They are driven by the new rules and the new ecosystem that is evolving to support you and your learning throughout life."
Read more.

 

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Quality vs. Quantity: Ensuring ePortfolio Success

By Dr. Samantha J. Blevins, Instructional Designer & Learning Architect at Radford University

 

Quality vs Quantity

"The use of electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) across the United States has continued to increase over the past 10 years. While it can be important to quantify the work that learners complete, it is also imperative to ensure that learners produce a quality ePortfolio."
Read more.

 



Top 3 eBooks of 2018:

Digital Badging in Education: A Complete Guide for Educators

 

Digital Badging eBook
Thinking about utilizing digital badges at your institution? Read this guide first. In this ebook, you will gain a complete understanding of what badges are, how you should be using them, and best practices from leading institutions like the University System of Maryland.
Download now.

 

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Reimagining Education Technology Implementation

 

Implementation eBook
Read the latest guide on purchasing and implementing educational technology in higher education. Included are four case studies of institutions benefiting from an activation methodology, as well as the difference between implementation vs. activation and why distinguishing the two is so important.
Download now.

 

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2018 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers

 

2018 CAO Survey
The 2018 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers (CAOs), conducted by Gallup and answered by 516 provosts or CAOs, has just been released with some insightful takeaways.
Download now.

 


 

 

Top 3 Webinars of 2018:

 

Badging is the New Assessment for 21st Century Skills

 

Webinar - Badging is the New Assessment for 21st Century Skills
Watch this webinar with Education Design Lab and Competency X to learn how your institution can help students expose the 21st century skills they are learning in the classroom by automatically awarding digital badges through your existing assessment process.
Watch now.

 

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5 Ways to Document Authentic Learning With ePortfolios

 

Portfolium - 5 Ways Document Authentic Learing with Virginia Tech - Watch Now
Watch this webinar with Virginia Tech to learn how the organization of an ePortfolio student showcase documented authentic learning in undergraduate and graduate students, while providing mentoring during the process. 
Watch now.

 

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Documenting Hidden Learning and Linking it to Career Success

 

Documenting Hidden Learning Webinar
Watch this webinar with University of Maryland University College and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning to learn about the importance of scaling student success for millions of learners in the digital age.
Watch now.

 


 

 

Join Us Live in 2019:

 

IMS February 2019 Quarterly 
Meeting & Digital Credential Summit
Learn From Your Leaders
3pm MST, February 5th, 2019

Join our Vice President of Operations, Jim Milton, to learn about the valuable lessons to be learned from the increasing transition to digital, skills-based credentials. Milton will be joined by an experienced group of experts also leading digital credentialing platforms, including Credly. 
Learn more.

 

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National Student Success Conference
Employability and Career Readiness Fireside Chat
9am EST, February 28th, 2019
Join our Vice President of Academic Partnerships, Troy Markowitz, for an opening plenary session highlighting the importance of hiring trends, higher-ed's role in employability, and ways to connect students to potential employers.
Learn more.

 

Thank you for being a part of the first ever Student Success Network. We will continue helping even more students connect their learning with opportunities in 2019!

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