Presentations

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The team at Career Connect attends and presents at a variety of conferences and meetings every year. The team highlights on the opportunities offered at the University of North Texas which are preparing students for life after graduation and assisting  faculty, staff, and administrators assess learning inside and outside the classroom. 

Below are the conferences Career Connect has attended. 


Marla Baltazar, Caroline Pritchard, & Jordan Rogers (2019). Student and Faculty Perspectives on Infusing Experiential Learning across Campus. Poster presented at the 2019 Student Portraits Symposium at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Melanie Mitchell & Amy Ferman (2019). Development of Marketable Skills Outside the Classroom.  Session presented at the 2019 Student Portraits Symposium at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

  • Career Connect partners with staff members to help students reflect on and identify skills they build as a result of their experiential learning in co-curricular settings. This integration of reflection and skill development results in our students feeling more prepared to enter the workforce or apply to graduate schools. This session will illustrate how UNT departments are utilizing the campus learning management system to document and connect marketable skills development in co-curricular settings.

Margaret Oaikena & Melanie MitchellUNT Career Ambassadors Program: Utilizing Peer Ambassadors to Promote Career Readiness. Session presented at the 2019 Student Portraits Symposium at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Scott Peecksen (2019). Developing a Quasi-Experimental Design to Test Career Connect's Impact on Student Retention and GPA. Session presented at the 2019 Student Portraits Symposium at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.


Mike Simmons, Meena Naek, Adam Wear, & Scott Peecksen (2019). Career Connect’s work and progress in developing a comprehensive learning record. Presented Lumina’s Comprehensive Learner Record Grant Convening in Denton, TX.

  • Described Career Connect’s work to date and systems used for developing a comprehensive learning record on the basis on the data generated from UNT’s Career Connect program/Quality Enhancement Plan.

Scott Peecksen, Jordan Rogers, Jeff King, & Evan Blackburn (2019). Transformational and experiential learning programs: Showcasing evidence for students’ 21st century marketable skills. Session presented at the 2019 University of Central Oklahoma Transformative Learning Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.

  • The session focused on: 1. the innovative combination of instructional and assessment models of student learning that both universities have applied across curricular and co-curricuclar departments and experiences, 2. the assessment infrastructures implemented to evaluate and collect authentic, individual level student evidence, 3. initial student learning outcome results and descriptive results from both programs based on thousands of participating students and 4. the diversity of perspectives and participation among faculty, staff, and students, and how these may have impacted implementation. 

Scott Peecksen (2019). Transformational and experiential learning programs: Similarities between Career Connect and STLR. Pre-conference session presented at the 2019 University of Central Oklahoma Transformative Learning Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.

  • The session focused on describing the similarities of key program components between UNT’s Career Connect program and UCO’s STLR program. Transformative and experiential learning concepts, as well as ePorftolio, assessment, and reflection topics were highlighted and discussed with the audience.

Scott Peecksen (2018). Career Connect: Lessons learned about assessing UNT’s Quality Enhancement Plan. PowerPoint presented at the Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment Conference in Denton, TX.

  • This presentation reviewed Career Connect’s background, purpose, and implementation process; assessment and contribution to the national conversation on credentialing; and progress and lessons learned.

Jordan Rogers, Megan Douglas, Scott Peecksen, & Mike Simmons (2018). Students' Reflections on Experiential Learning Activities. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2018 Federation of North Texas Area Universities Graduate Student Research Symposium in Denton, TX.

  • Presented summary of selected student reflections to illustrate “aha” moments and anecdotal examples of student learning.

Meena Naik (2018). Integrating High Impact Experiences and ePortfolio Learning towards Credentialable Skills. 30-Minute Roundtable Session for the 2018 University of Central Oklahoma Transformative Learning Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.


Jordan Rogers, Megan Douglas, & Scott Peecksen (2018). Students' Reflections on Experiential Learning Activities: Promoting Transformative Learning. Poster presented at the 2018 University of Central Oklahoma Transformative Learning Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.


Adam Wear (2018). Challenges and Opportunities in Initial Universal Implementation. Presentation at 2018 Association of American Colleges and Universities 9th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios, Washington, D.C.


Mike Simmons, Adam Wear, and Scott Peecksen (2017). Evidence of Learning: E-portfolio as Assessment Infrastructure. Presentation at the 2017 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.

  • Summarized the benefits of using an ePortfolio system as an assessment infrastructure (e.g., repository of all collected data and ratings).

Jordan Rogers and Scott Peecksen (2017). Establishing Items and Content Validity for Reflection: A Career connect Pilot Study. Poster presented at the University of North Texas 7th Annual Student Portraits Symposium, Denton, TX.

  • Summarized the process the Career Connect team engaged in to develop items for the reflection rubric.