Connect to Learning (C2L) is a national network of campus ePortfolio leaders, working together to advance the transformative capacities of ePortfolio for teaching, learning and assessment.
The Catalyst for Learning site, a collection of proven practices and a comprehensive, evidence-based analytical framework, culminates 3 years of C2L collaboration and exchange.
Coordinated by the Making Connections National Resource Center of LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), C2L brings together a diverse collection of partner campuses, including community colleges, private liberal arts colleges, and research universities.
Teams from Boston’s Northeastern University, San Francisco State, IUPUI, Manhattanville College, CUNY’s new Guttman Community College and others across the country met face-to-face and on-line to explore ideas, exchange practices and provide mutual support for their campus ePortfolio initiatives. Since the start of the project in 2011, participating campus teams have used insights from the C2L process to strengthen work with more than 1,200 faculty and 70,000 students. (Click here to read more about the Connect to Learning process)
Building on this collaboration, C2L has produced a resource site for higher education — Catalyst for Learning: ePortfolio Resources and Research. Designed for faculty and educational leaders nationwide, the Catalyst site offers campus-tested strategies for building effective ePortfolio initiatives. Each campus was invited to build its own portfolio to share its practices, insights, and evidence of effectiveness. The Catalyst Framework analyzes and organizes this array of raw material, identifying key findings and the core strategies used by effective ePortfolio initiatives.
Primary funding for Connect to Learning was provided by the Fund for Innovation in Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the US Department of Education. Campus stakeholders and the leadership of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-based Learning (AAEEBL), a growing international professional association focused on ePortfolio practice, played crucial partnership roles.
LaGuardia’s President Gail O. Mellow and Provost Paul Arcario inspired and guided the project, and faculty and staff of the LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning were essential at every step. C2L is pleased to acknowledge the generosity of all of its partners.