Peter A. Testori, M.S.
Assistant Dean, Learning Resources & Executive Director of Hatch Learning Commons
Résumés and transcripts don’t tell your whole story.
They show a degree, courses, grades... But there’s so much more to you! Here’s how Bay Path ensures everyone knows it:
Bay Path requires every student to create an ePortfolio, an online collection of written work, presentations, videos, digital badges – everything that showcases skills and experiences gained in and out of the classroom.
For helping you understand yourself! In putting together an ePortfolio, you will review all your work and experiences, then discern which accomplishments show the best of you. You will enjoy “Ah-ha!” moments and have time to reflect on your discoveries.
For demonstrating for others your skills and abilities! “Does she really have good writing and verbal skills? Has she really mastered the technologies she claims?” Potential employers or graduate schools won’t have to wonder or worry. Your ePortfolio gives you a competitive edge over other applicants who claim the same skill set.
Almost anything! For example, a Neuroscience student’s ePortfolio showcases her conference poster, her Honor’s thesis, her interview with a neuroscientist, and her final internship paper. This ePortfolio paints a rich picture of a student ready to pursue a successful future in neuro research – most immediately as a Ph.D. student in the University of South Dakota’s Biomedical Sciences Program.
The ePortfolio allowed me to see and reflect on my development. I've always had good grades and academic ethics, but I've grown so much over the years as a person, from being shy and reserved to being willing to speak my mind, go out of my comfort zone, and present publicly... I put together my ePortfolio in a way that reflected me as a person." Crystal's ePortfolio includes the goals she set for herself in her Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) classes, her resume, and her presentation of an internship experience as assistant manager at Sylvester's restaurant in Northampton. Crystal says she started the internship with "Imposter Syndrome" but quickly realized "I DO belong here. I CAN contribute to saving costs, improving waste management, increasing efficiency... I AM a confident, intelligent businesswoman." - Crystal, Business Administration Major
ePortfolio is a way for students to express their development and work over time. You may add anything you’d like to it, or it may be required. You should be proud of the work you add to it; it can show your development over time, or how you connected with your community.”
An ePortfolio is a place to upload all of your work... Not only does it organize your work, but it lets you reflect upon your learning and skills and see how you have improved. You will post in ePortfolio every year, and be able to see the progression and advancement towards reaching your goals. ePortfolio can also be a place where you learn your strength and weaknesses, so you can better yourself and plan for the future.”
“Micro-credentials” in the form of digital emblems – each representing a mastered skill. They can be added to online résumés, LinkedIn accounts, and more.
They began at prominent organizations like IBM, Intel, and the Smithsonian. Now leading universities also award them.
Bay Path created badge requirements with input from business leaders so that when potential employers see a badge, they know it means real workplace skills. For example, the Technologically Resourceful badge means the student has all these skills.