Are Portfolios on the rise?
Submitted by David J. Rosen on October 7, 2013 - 6:17am
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Near the end of an article on MOOCs in the business section of the Sunday, October 6 Boston Globe was this extraordinary observation, “While MOOCs seem like they can only enhance a job candidate’s appeal, many people I talked to noted an important shift in the world of hiring. Credentials, whether a MOOC certificate or an MBA degree, are declining in importance, while portfolios are on the rise.”
MOOCs, are Massive Open Online Courses. Those offered by Coursera, EdX and other major university collaborations offer top quality online course materials, including videos, for free. They tend to offer certificates for those who complete them satisfactorily. In some cases, usually based on successful performance on an exam, university credit can also be purchased.
Portfolios, at least in the high tech employment world, are “Some sort of evidence of your experience and abilities online…” (Globe article) ‘”Education is becoming less than 10 percent of a candidate’s total score when we hire…’ Portfolios and work samples have the highest weight in my hiring…(Apollo Sinkevicius, managing Director at One Mighty Roar, a Boston design and innovation firm, quoted in the article.)
Granted, the high tech employment world may be very different from the employment worlds of adult learners, but I wonder if portfolios are gaining ground here, too.
From your experience, are employers asking your students to show them what they can do, or only or primarily for what credentials (HSE, certificates, college courses or certificates or degrees?
Are they/you using online portfolios to help students shine in their employment applications or interviews?
David J. Rosen