UT students can now bring resumés to life with Seelio’s online portfolios

February 26, 2015 | News, UToday, — Communication and the Arts, Business and Innovation, Honors
By Meghan Cunningham

All University of Toledo students now have a unique way to showcase their work with a digital portfolio on Seelio.

web seelio-blue[5] copyUT has expanded its partnership with Seelio, an online portfolio company based in Ann Arbor, Mich., to allow all students access to lifecycle portfolios to highlight their accomplishments throughout their time at the University while interacting with online communities.

“The University of Toledo prepares students for successful careers with engaging classroom and experiential learning opportunities that can now be easily shared with potential employers,” said Larry Burns, UT vice president for external affairs. “The partnership with Seelio allows us to enhance the student experience and highlight the value of a UT degree.”

“We are thrilled to be rolling out Seelio to the whole UT community,” said Moses Lee, Seelio’s co-founder and CEO. “From day one we’ve wanted to help students show the value of their degree, and we’ve been blown away by what we’ve seen already. UT is truly leading the way in helping students capture and showcase the value of experiential learning.”

Last year, UT partnered with Seelio to bring the technology and services to the Jesup Scott Honors College and College of Communication and the Arts that allow faculty members to incorporate portfolios into their classrooms and students a way to have an avenue to demonstrate the work they performed in an experiential learning setting.

After the successful pilot involving about 1,000 students in the two colleges, the program is now being expanded to the entire UT community of more than 20,000 students.

“Our students are having amazingly rich experiences that are not easily captured in just a bullet point. With Seelio, they can showcase their work in creative ways and demonstrate their enhanced undergraduate experiences at UT,” said Dr. Lakeesha Ransom, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. “Seelio has been a great asset to our students, and it helps them articulate their undergraduate experiences.”

“I shared the link to my Seelio page with an employer and they loved it,” said Caroline Jardine, a junior in the College of Communication and the Arts. “Not only did my Seelio site present my work professionally, but it also gave me an edge over other applicants who might not have had an account. I ended up getting the position and I know that my Seelio helped me.”

Colleges across UT are working with Seelio’s service team to identify new ways to incorporate portfolios into the student experience. The honors college is using Seelio to build communities with honors coaching circles to share academic and co-curricular activities, and the College of Communication and the Arts has integrated Seelio into its Project-Based Learning Initiative where students collaborate on a 30-minute television production in partnership with WGTE Public Media in Toledo. Other colleges are planning to incorporate Seelio into their co-op and advising programs with individual faculty members who also are integrating the portfolio technology into their courses.

As an enterprise campus with Seelio, UT gains access to data visualization tools, learning management and student information system integrations, a dedicated UT community on Seelio, as well as service support for portfolio implementation across all colleges.

UT students or faculty who want to get started on Seelio can visit utoledo.seelio.com. UT students and faculty who already have accounts will receive more information from Seelio in their University email.

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