Ep. 27 - A Legacy of Bridging College Life to the Real World with ePortfolios (Part 1) - Gillian Hannum

Gillian Hannum, Professor of Art History and Director of the ATLAS Program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, spent much of her career focused on the pedagogy of showcasing student capabilities, the assessment of what competencies a student has learned, and how the student develops and grows throughout their collegiate experience through an ePortfolio. She shares how Manhattanville transitioned paper portfolios to a well-established ePortfolio building program called the ATLAS Program. Gillian explains that the ATLAS Program is offered to students as a team-based advising approach beginning with first-year students in which students begin to develop their personal four-year plans with help from professional academic advisors, first-year mentors, peer mentors, and faculty advisors in academic departments. These four-year plans cover the mission of the college, career exploration and choices of majors, to deepening their understanding of skills employers seek, and lastly how to utilize an ePortfolio for a professional presentation of skills and accomplishments in the job search process. She states “liberal arts colleges have general education requirements that the students are required to take and often the students are thinking, why do I have to take that? We found at the junior and senior level that, as they're thinking about the skills that employers are looking for, they're finding that they develop those in a required course that they might not have otherwise taken.” Hear more about Gillian’s legacy of long-standing leadership at Manhattanville College that is rooted in competency based assessment and the power of student achievement.

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More information about the ATLAS Program can be found here: https://www.mville.edu/programs/atlas-program 


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