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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Wednesday, June 17 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
CON04.12 - Fostering lifelong learners in business education through the program-level integration of creative learning portfolios

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Sheridan College’s Pilon School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs vision is to develop students “as lifelong learners to ensure that their transition to … work environments is smooth and seamless” (Bedrow & Evers, 2011, p. 407). This mandate calls on a mindset of transformational learning (Jarvis, 2006) embracing reflection (Brookfield, 2012), and culminating in the mastery of key employability competencies (Wagner, 2008). The Creative Learning Portfolio (CLP) (reflection and Desire2Learn ePortfolio tool) has been strategically integrated into the degrees. This approach is a unique Business school program-level implementation and a graduation requirement. Our CLP model encompasses an Introductory CLPs course (first year), Advanced CLPs course (final year), and curriculum and work place learning integration throughout the program. We adopted Zubizaretta’s (2009) learning portfolio model (experiences/reflection, evidence/documentation, and mentoring/collaboration).  In this interactive workshop, we will showcase the BBA programs’ CLP design and delivery model, experiences and lessons learned from the Introduction to CLPs course and curriculum integration activities (to 200+ students in Fall 2014/Winter 2015), student samples, and engage in interactive/reflective dialogue. As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

• Explore strategies for integrating and scaffolding portfolio learning and ePortfolios into program(s) and/or course(s).
• Inquire and reflect upon learning experiences including successes and setbacks to enable the fine-tuning of personal practice. 
• Nurture the reflective process and help learners purposefully develop metacognition skills for lifelong learning.
• Access reference list of relevant research papers._

References:

Berdrow, I. and Evers, F.T. (2010). Bases of Competence: A Framework for Facilitating Reflective Learner-Centered Educational Environments, Journal of Management Education. 35(3): 406-427.

Brookfield, S. D. (2012). Teaching for Critical thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.

Jarvis, P. (2006). Towards a comprehensive theory of human learning: Lifelong learning and the learning society, Vol 1. New York, NY: Routledge.

Wagner, T. (2008). The Global Achievement Gap: Why even our best schools don’t teach the new survival skills our children need and what can we do about it. NY: Basic Books.

Zubizaretta, J. (2009). The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning, 2nd Edition; San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cypress 1 Room

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