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March 7, 2003
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Contact: Thomas Knox
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Media Advisory

E-Portfolio Project at California State University, Dominguez Hills
Gives School of Health Students a Virtual Advantage

CARSON, Calif.--Students at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) are creating
a new kind of résumé that not only chronicles their academic achievements, but gives them a competitive advantage as they apply for employment.

The School of Health E-Portfolio or "virtual résumé" was developed by Douglas Borcoman, Ed.D., a member of the school's instructional technology unit and Blackboard co-administrator for the CSUDH School of Health. While the E-Portfolio focuses on areas that traditional resumes do, it also integrates video and audio, enabling students to appear on screen as they narrate and guide viewers through a multimedia presentation of their work at the university.

Though electronic portfolios are increasingly being used by individuals and companies to introduce their services, this E-Portfolio is the first for CSUDH students and one of the first known formal programs of its kind used in an academic setting.

Ellen Hope-Kearns, coordinator of the Division of Health Sciences graduate programs at the University, recently required students in her "Leadership and Management" class to create an E-Portfolio using the software that Borcoman created.

"Students who create E-Portfolios benefit in several ways," said Borcoman, who created the program from free or low-cost software included on most computers or downloaded from the Internet. "They build a living archive that showcases their best work, demonstrates their growth and development, and documents their successful completion of courses."

Creating an E-Portfolio, which can be "burned" onto a business card-size CD, e-mailed or stored on a website, is now a required part of some CSUDH School of Health curricula. Students bring their materials --- including work samples, class projects, photos, and videos of themselves in laboratories or interacting with patients, instructors or colleagues --- to a computer lab on the CSUDH campus.

Working with Borcoman, students use Windows Media Player, Microsoft PowerPoint, RealOne Player and other user-friendly software to create a documentary of their college work. The process lets students polish their interviewing skills before meeting with potential employers. "I've already had a couple of students tell me that their E-Portfolio gave them a distinct advantage over other job candidates, and as a result, they were able to land positions in their chosen field," Borcorman said. His department is currently working on a CD-based manual on how to create an E-Portfolio, which he hopes to distribute through the University's bookstore. Several publishing options are currently being explored because of the interest expressed in the project.

Please call Douglas Borcoman at (310) 243-2105 or Ellen Hope Kearns at (310) 243-3364 for more information.

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