•  Making Connections National Resource Center

  • Founded as an outreach arm of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Making Connections National Resource Center's mission is to strengthen our work around reflective learning and to develop mechanisms for more systematic exchanges within higher education by working with LaGuardia faculty and students in advancing our own practice, and, by broadening engagement with educators from colleges and universities from around the world.

    The Making Connections National Resource Center has emerged as a leader in the field, due in part to LaGuardia’s sustained achievement in improving student learning with ePortfolio.  From 2007-2010, with FIPSE support, LaGuardia ran the Making Connections Seminar, working with 30 NYC-area colleges and helping them pilot ePortfolio on their campuses.  Now LaGuardia and Making Connections will join forces with AAEEBL, a global ePortfolio network of more than 100 member campuses active with ePortfolio.  Selected AAEEBL and Making Connections campuses are joining together in a sustained collaboration that will improve campus practice and generate resources for the field.  

    In 2010-11, grants from FIPSE and Title V will enable us to launch two new programs: Connect to Learning and Making Transfer Connections.

    Connect to Learning 

    Connect to Learning is a three-year, FIPSE-funded collaboration designed to strengthen reflective ePortfolio practice on multiple campuses and generate a national developmental model of best practice in the field.  Hosted at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), the project links campuses active in two networks:  member campuses of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL); and campuses active with LaGuardia’s Making Connections National Resource Center.    

    Connect to Learning takes place on two inter-connected levels:  national conversation and campus-based implementation.  The program employs on-line seminars and face-to-face meetings to advance innovative and effective ePortfolio practice.  Campus leadership teams are committed to a 3-year distributive learning process that includes: 

    • Sharing best practices and learning from each other; 
    • Designing and implementing plans for strengthening their campus ePortfolio initiatives; and 
    • Testing out new approaches and documenting their outcomes.   

    Contributing to a structured matrix model of ePortfolio development, with dimensions ranging from learning and engagement to assessment and institutional support, campuses develop and test the strategies needed to measurably improve student learning outcomes.   

    The kickoff seminar will take place in San Francisco, CA, in conjunction with AAC&U’s 2011 national conference on Thursday afternoon, January 27, 2011; and all day Friday, January 28th, 2011.   

    Project leadership includes: Bret Eynon and Judit Török of LaGuardia; Trent Batson of AAEEBL; Randy Bass from Georgetown University and Helen Chen from Stanford. 

    For more information about this project, please contact Judit Török at jtorok@lagcc.cuny.edu; or visit our blog at www.connections-community.org  

    Making Transfer Connections 

    The Making Transfer Connections is a five-year, $3.7 million program funded by Title V. Through this project LaGuardia will strengthen transfer partnerships linking five CUNY campuses, all of which are Hispanic-serving and have built substantial and successful ePortfolio initiatives:  two senior colleges--Queens College and Lehman College--and three community colleges--Queensborough, Bronx and LaGuardia Community Colleges. Integrating ePortfolio into instruction, advisement and assessment, these partnerships aim to create a pervasive culture of transfer that helps speed student progress towards the bachelor’s degree.   

    Three interlocking tasks take place on each campus: a) using faculty development around ePortfolio to strengthen instruction and student success, both before and after transfer; b) developing advisement structures and processes that employ ePortfolio to improve transfer success; and c) using ePortfolio to strengthen General Education assessment, opening the way for greater cross-campus alignment, improved articulation and simplified transfer processes.