New e-Portfolio Program Helps Students Build a Foundation for their Future

Katie Dantsin (center), director of leadership development, guides Carolyn Latkovich '12 and Emmy Usera '13 through the process of compiling an e-Portfolio for future employers and grad schools. Photo by Michael Wilson

Moravian students have a new on-campus opportunity to broaden their leadership skills as they prepare for a career. Through the e-Portfolio program that began this semester, students are guided to create an electronic portfolio for potential employers or graduate schools.

Brought to the campus by the Center for Leadership and Service and the Career Center, the e-Portfolio program currently has about 20 student participants. Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development and primary leader of the e-Portfolio program, hopes the program at Moravian will give students an advantage as they enter the competitive job market. Similar programs have been successful at other universities.

"This is just one piece that students can use to help give them an edge in whatever they are doing," said Dantsin of the program.

The idea of an e-Portfolio is to compile the basic components of a resume using writing samples, artwork, and anything else a student finds appropriate for his or her future career goals. Dantsin's goal is to move the e-Portfolio from its current e-home on Blackboard to a more accessible and student-centered location.

"They get a better understanding of you as a person, not just you as a piece of paper," said Carolyn Latkovich '12.

Years of hard work and experience can then be easily presented to a future employer or to graduate schools, and because the e-Portfolio is all online, students can continue to add to and shape their portfolio. "They get a better understanding of you as a person, not just you as a piece of paper," said Carolyn Latkovich '12.

Many students, like Latkovich, joined the program in hopes of re-vamping their old resumes and participating in hands-on learning experiences to add to their education. Carolyn Whyley '11, an art major, has focused her learning experience on improving web design on campus, especially for the Leadership Center.

"I'll be giving back to the school, I'll be giving back to the program, and I'm also learning from it because I'm building and bettering my skills in the process," said Whyley.

Dantsin hopes to expand the non-credit program in the future. As for now, "it can only complement what they are doing," said Dantsin.

By Kelly Fackenthall '12