Very well done and detailed portfolio. Good organization and sources.
Exceptional portfolio, clearly and professionally presented. I am impressed by the steady progression in the student's career and by the ways in which she has either created challenges for herself or reacted successfully and positively to challenges posed by others.
Clearly stated experience and abilities, excellent supporting letters and documentation, well organized portfolio.
Steve has presented a well organized, concrete and professional portfolio.
This portfolio is well-organized and easy to navigate.
An excellent portfolio – well organized, professional, thorough. A nice mix of reflection, learning statements, letters of attestation and samples of your own work. Clearly you've had some sound advisement in constructing the portfolio.
Richard’s Portfolio is comprehensive, thorough and well organized. It is evidence of his critical thinking and attention to detail. His evidence was strong and varied. Samples of his written proposals were especially strong evidence.
I would like to congratulate you on an excellent portfolio - it was a pleasure to review. I was impressed with the breadth of your experiences.
Fantastic effort labeling and preparing binder, although numerous inconsistencies in presentation of competencies were noted, ie. sometimes from most skilled to least skilled and vice versa.
This portfolio was clearly organized and well presented. A range of letters of attestation showed Alana’s skill level in a variety of settings and also demonstrated professional growth over the course of her work life.
The portfolio is well organized to make it easy to read and analyze. There is excellent documentation to support her skills, including outstanding well-designed, self-produced materials demonstrating her skills using computer software programs. Both her technical and creative writing skills are exceptional. She is able to present her skills succinctly using academic terminology and identifies her performance effectively.
A very well laid out, organized and documented portfolio. There was a bit of confusion with #14 and 15 in your portfolio. There seemed to be some overlap.
An exceptional portfolio by a media professional – attractive and easy to follow. The portfolio made excellent use of multimedia and should serve as a model for other e-portfolios. This portfolio presented on a DVD is a sophisticated use of a number of communication technologies. It illustrates a number of self-taught technical skills with flair. In terms of content, Mike demonstrates a sound capacity to analyze and synthesize complex subject matter with critical judgment. He shows strong evidence of original thinking.
Jason’s portfolio is very impressive. It is well organized, easily navigated, and exudes a high level of professionalism.
Reece’s portfolio was difficult to clearly and easily access corresponding documentation that reinforced the various courses’ learning outcomes. Her portfolio appears to be disorganized, lacked clear identification of topics and logical flow and sequence. It took a great deal of time to find the appropriate corresponding information. There was no resume present and I find this document to be most helpful when examining the literature.
The narrative does not provide dates or indication as to how long she was involved with specific organizations. Greater clarity and formatting issues require attention. Another major factor when reviewing the portfolio was the emphasis was not on learning outcomes but on the supporting evidence of her experiences.
Marsha should have someone read her documentation prior to submitting to increase the clarity and purpose in her writing. A more detailed Education Plan would more clearly outline where she's come from and where she's heading in terms of her education plans.
Your writing style is very clear and you express yourself well. Be sure to make that final check for spelling, grammar and typo errors before submitting documentation for assessment. Your team building and team participation skills are clearly supported in your documentation.
I found both the Critical Thinking Reflection and the Education Plan to be short and perhaps lacking in intention. In comparison, the Journey statement although thorough and personal was wordy at times. As you progress along your academic road, you will need to give attention to your writing style and make the changes necessary to become a more critical writer.
There was an easy interplay between the personal experiences, the more abstract educational and learning process and the theories and ideas included in the documents. The material showed the relationships without overdoing it.
This portfolio was incredibly well done and thorough. I could not find an area where Mary fell short of strongly demonstrating the skill sets.
Though the portfolio was somewhat over-packaged, and thus not as easy to read if it had just been punched and placed in the binder without the plastic pockets, its contents were well-organized and well-written. The personal, educational and learning narratives were separate, distinct documents, with minimal repetition.
Learning Narrative/Autobiographical Essay
There was little that pointed to learning objectives related to critical, analytical thinking, particularly as it concerned theoretical approaches to the employment relationship or to union-management relations – which is also a key element in our program. Most of the information provided in her portfolio pointed to practical issues. These were, moreover, of a decidedly localized nature. On the other hand, there was much in the portfolio that displayed a profound aptitude for, and love of learning in this area – exactly the kind of attributes that could easily translate into this sort of thinking and approach. I believe that Monique would make an excellent student and human resource professional.
This is a very well written portfolio which gives the impression of someone who has gained experience and knowledge on-the-job within the human services field. However, the learning statements lack depth and do not demonstrate the related skill as effectively as possible. The learning statements should have been expanded to clearly indicate the behaviours that demonstrated the skill. As the assessor I needed to know HOW the learner gained this skill and demonstrated this learning. What exactly was done that demonstrates the learning area? In some ways, the learning statements were too specific as they generally were examples rather than broad written statements. As such they do not address the learning area holistically. They also do not indicate whether the learning was done as an individual or as part of team or as an employee of an organization. What was the role of the learner in these examples given? In the same way, the letters of attestation could have addressed learning areas more specifically and could have given more specific behavioural indicators of the skills. The learner should articulate specific theories in order to effectively demonstrate their integration. In addition, I needed to see more demonstration of how the learner impacted policy change personally.
Description and evidence of the level of involvement in the formation and leadership of teams was vague. It was therefore difficult to ascertain what level of sophistication the candidate had in this area.
Impressive learning statements. Arlene has the basics of human resources in all its functions. Specific examples of policies, programs, and discipline writing attached as supporting documents would have aided the score. Arlene now needs to take senior level human resource courses in order to broaden and deepen her knowledge. Most of her knowledge comes from single owner companies and small nonprofit organizations.
Not all learning statements are supported appropriately and some of the learning criteria are not supported by the learning statements.
It would have increased the clarity of your portfolio if you could have arranged your Learning Summary to parallel the items listed on the Criteria Table. As an assessor, it is difficult (and somewhat inappropriate) for me to make the decision as to where your learning statements fit best with the established criteria. For example, many of the learning statements you listed under Using Critical Perspectives seem to be better suited to Interpersonal Communication.
Some of the learning statements listed under Familiarity and Understanding of the Human Services Sector appear to be administrative duties of your current position. I’m not sure how completing budgets or individual personnel contracts demonstrates your understanding of the broad sector of Human Services
My main concern is that most of April's learning statements encompass self-evident facts such as “importance to manage self in a highly professional manner through respect and value of others” or “identify and analyze issues and problems related to issues related to the organization and collaborate with colleagues regarding the behaviour of individuals, groups and organizational unit to determine potential solutions”. Therefore, it is hard to infer anything with regards to critical thinking. Moreover, I have no opportunity to observe knowledge of concepts such as the essential four models or Organizational Behaviour.
My review of Jennifer's interesting and high quality presentation revealed a number of areas that I felt signified significant work and life experience-based learning, including a solid understanding of how organizations work and function. This understanding includes small owner/operated businesses, including enterprises that she has had a direction ownership role in, volunteer sector organizations as well as larger private sector firms in the technology industry.
Sheila does not offer any direct evidence regarding her learning about the importance of leadership. It is imperative for leaders to be able to flex into different leadership styles based on employees’ needs, situation and the leaders themselves. The essence of leadership is the ability to comprehend and understand different theoretical leadership constructs and apply them in day to day organizational operations.
It's clear that Ms. Dufresne has a lifelong commitment to learning. Unfortunately, I do not find significant evident of learning around the areas of administrative law beyond natural justice. While natural justice is the most important foundation of this area of the law, there is considerably more involved.
Anna’s submission identified a variety of activities in her background that relate to her field. The descriptions within the submission identified the concepts of the course or session Anna participated in. They unfortunately did not take the next step which would provide demonstration of how, or if these concepts were applied to functions in her work place.
This portfolio showed a great deal of learning and understanding of her field. Well done with lots of work and reflection on overall knowledge.
Although Maureen demonstrates an ability to work with children whose first language is not English, there is no indication she has the skills to take responsibility for planning and teaching a regular ESL/EFL class. Her online course did not include a practicum. In addition, Maureen makes no mention of current practice in TESL/TEFL: communicative approach, integration of skills, use of meaningful context etc.
The applicant might have gained some ground by following the Human Services criteria. The narrower focus of her own experience and interests inevitably left out some areas .
The documents assembled were well-chosen, relevant and not repetitive, though the large number of letters of attestation could likely have been more limited with little negative effect. She has packed a lot of experience and insight into about a half dozen years of formal work, education and training.
Letters of attestation should be clearly directed to the learning statements rather than general letters of recommendation.
Charlotte is spoken of very highly by her past and present supervisors. Unfortunately, other than her current supervisor, not a lot of detail was attached to this support, making it difficult to align their views with our Learning Criteria.
In some areas, the supporting documents did not adequately support the learning, and in particular, there did not seem to be a lot of support for aspects involving critical or independent thinking.
Examples of the candidate’s work would have helped bridge the information gap. The testimonials provided by supervisors and co-workers were strong. This, coupled with the candidate’s strong writing skills and successful work experiences indicates she has many of the tools needed to do well in the BPA-Communications program and be a good communication professional.
The portfolio was well written and presented but the support materials lacked sufficient detail to judge experience and ability in areas such as ethics, research and some other areas. There was some reference to research being required to carry out changes in the area in which she worked but the scope and scale of such research was never explained nor were background materials provided.
I personally would have preferred to see more work samples and more reflective discussions on your own personal learning journey. By relying on the observations/summaries of your colleagues, you did not create the necessary foundation of reflection that I expect when awarding significant advanced credit.
When completing portfolios for PLAR be sure to include examples of work you have completed. For example, an outline of the program that you developed could be included with additional documentation to link the content of the program with the current theory and best practice.
Rachel's Letters of Attestation collectively draw a picture of someone who is a well respected and contributing member of her community.
When you are deciding what documentation to put into a Prior Learning Portfolio, rather than include the entire course manual it would be better to include a copy of the document stating that you have completed the training or are certified to use the tool. Similarly with policies; many people are typically involved in the writing or up-dating of policy and rarely does one person (at a diploma level) have sole responsibility for policy development other than perhaps policy regarding direct practice. A letter from a supervisor outlining what policies you were involved with and to what extent is a more solid piece of assessable documentation.
When you are using documentation involving named persons, it is critical that you clearly state how their confidentiality is being protected. The easiest way to do this is to delete all the names from the document. A second option is to use only initials. A third option is to attach a signed release form from each person named in the document to each piece of documentation. Not only clients but colleagues and the agency of record on the letterhead need to give informed consent.
Including copies of work that you had completed would have given the reviewer clear and direct examples of your skill level. The inclusion of the pamphlets was helpful but not substantial enough to highlight your skills and abilities. (Examples of IPP’s, letters to professionals, advocacy letters, outlines of courses/seminars which you research, planned and delivered, etc with the appropriate consents and names deleted would have been extremely helpful.)
This was an excellent portfolio. Elizabeth has obviously done a lot of work in the field of psychology and psychotherapy, and this work was evident in this portfolio. Particularly valuable was her inclusion of the papers she prepared, since her knowledge of processes, skills and theory were apparent throughout this work. Her observations and questions in these works were very sophisticated, revealing someone who is thoughtful, insightful and self-aware; all characteristics of an excellent therapist. I admired her ability to be self-reflective and honest. I also was impressed by her references to theory and her ability to understand theoretical writings and apply them to real-life situations. I would wholeheartedly support her career pursuits in her field.
The letters of attestation were absolutely phenomenal. Wow. I am envious!!! You have developed an outstanding portfolio in terms of letters of reference.
To take this portfolio to the next level, more of the reflective writing that was in the first few documents would be needed. Narrative descriptions of the learning outcomes similar to those written by Mike Letellier in his Letter of Attestation would strengthen the learning claims, and I believe, help Annette become more consciously aware of the learning which she possesses in relation to her program. This is especially true in learning outcomes related to theory. Addition of direct work samples i.e. Proposal written or programs designed would strengthen learning claims and give Annette opportunity to examine her work for learning evidence. The result of these two steps would be a portfolio that is more learner-centred, rather than outside evaluator-centred.
Three learning criteria were not specifically addressed by the applicant, but there was support for them in the documentation; they were assessed accordingly.
While I am sure that Chang is an intelligent and committed learner, her portfolio does not appropriately demonstrate her learning. For the most part, the supporting documents reflect course work for which she has already received credit. For the purposes of this assessment, I would have to see support from co-workers and supervisors showing on-the-job learning for which she has not received credit.
Other data sources like job descriptions and performance appraisals, past research papers, etc are helpful in triangulating the information from yourself and your chosen colleagues/supervisors.
General Feedback (specific to individual or program)
Helen is obviously committed to learning, not only to advance her career, but to improve herself as a person. Her portfolio demonstrates that she is a critical member of her research laboratory, and that she has gained considerable practical and analytical skills in her years as a technologist.
Annette brings to portfolio development twenty-five years of experience in her field. The portfolio is presented in a manner typical of portfolio development in Education that is not necessarily a learning portfolio but more of a record of experiences and activities. This form of presentation presents some challenges for assessors at Athabasca University who have been trained exclusively in the assessment of learning portfolios. The “match” between learning claims and evidence is not typical of a learning portfolio. That said, professionals in the human services will recognize the breadth and depth of learning implied by continued professional development over many years in a range of different roles within educational and community settings. In assessing Annette’s portfolio I have been guided primarily by her resume, educational plan, autobiography and letters of attestation.
Sherry appears to be at a cross-roads in her career advancement and professional and personal development. Whether she continues in her field or embarks on graduate education depends on the educational journey she has embarked upon to complete an undergraduate degree.
It is clear that you are well liked by the students and your colleagues and you have clearly demonstrated your commitment to life long learning. You have documented your engagement in your community through your work with your community association. You have a variety of interests that would appeal to a variety of youth. However, I would encourage you to broaden your knowledge and experience by participating in the Human Services field at a different level. Membership in provincial and national level professional associations and service at the board level will both broaden and deepen your knowledge of the issues facing this sector which you will not be completely aware of within your current position. The documentation you used to support your understanding of the Human Services field and the systemic challenges present did not clearly demonstrate that you were aware of the issues outside of the agency/community where you are currently practicing.
Clearly Rachel has a wealth of experience in the community and the school system working with a variety of ages and diagnoses. What is clear from my assessment of her portfolio is that she is well-regarded as a professional in her community and that she has demonstrated the associated learning in a variety of capacities over a considerable period.
Michelle’s Portfolio is a comprehensive collection of evidence of successful practice in the human services field for many years. It is well organized and professional. The Educational Narrative and Life History paper are strong introductions to what has shaped her and to the driving forces for how and why she practices.
The definitions needed to be placed into context with the theoreticians who are sponsoring the particular view for instance, feminism. There are many approaches to feminism but Marcia talks about it like there was only one agreed-upon version. She needed to cite the authors of her usage of the term.
The list of accompanying references, while certainly impressive, does not indicate what the applicant learned from those citations. There needed to be more concepts, principles, and theoreticians mentioned in the “Learning from Experience” column to prove that she did indeed read these books and articles.
I appreciate the work Ms. Drayton put into her portfolio and her obvious enthusiasm for human resources. Indeed, her dedication to improving her educational credentials is commendable, particularly given all of the demands that are on her time.
I found that Celeste had significant practical experience in personnel management at a junior level, including time spent considering matters of hiring, health and safety and employee motivation and coaching. She would have received more credit had she demonstrated clearer evidence of undertaking these duties in an independent and self-directed manner.
There was little evidence that the theories and content typically learned in human resources and labour relations courses were explicitly considered in her practice. That may reflect the limited opportunities present for her to experience her own judgment and a large corporation with well development management strategies.
Mr. Michalchuk demonstrates superior abilities in his field. A strong portfolio demonstrating a very clear link between experiential learning and formal learning. Mr. Michalchuk would do well to explore ways in which to combine his background in the tourism industry and his management experience.
Dave has demonstrated evidence of strong classroom management skills and the ability to work and teach in a culturally sensitive environment.
Thank you for all of your work in preparing this document and best of luck in
your career and educational studies.
In Sheena's portfolio, reference is made to the devastating impact an event has had on her, and the need to rebuild. However, apart from a generalization later in the portfolio, there is no explanation how the courses she has taken to date contribute to that rebuilding. What is clear, though, is her high professional standards in her work and ethics. This has remained constant despite her personal set-back. It would have been easy for her to step back from those standards, but to her credit she has not.
I think your portfolio attests to your values around life long learning. I wish you the utmost success in your learning journey. Your passion and vision are well evidenced in your narratives. Great job.
Ms. Taylor has an unusual amount of policy preparation for a person at her career stage, so she should not emphasize that area other than to meet requirements in the professional education she pursues. She should instead lean toward theory and its application. In addition, she should explore adjacent disciplines to select elective courses in case she finds something of interest beyond the obvious courses in the social sciences.
Ms. Richard might wish to proofread her text and/or have a colleague run over the material to correct spelling and grammar errors. The use of language is a valuable intervention tool in the Human Services, being used for everything from letter-writing to submitting reports to providing advice to courts, lawyers, and other professionals, and in policy lobbying. Her material generally reads very well, but fixing up these details will be of benefit to her in her care.
Rita has not explained what the role of a preceptor is. Similarly, nothing indicates where her research paper was presented, or what format it was presented in (i.e., was it for a course, is it a pamphlet, a newsletter, is it published?). Who wrote this paper? Rita alone, or were there co-authors? Similarly, a thank-you letter does not provide sufficient detail for me to evaluate Rita’s learning, and registration in a conference is not sufficient to demonstrate that learning has occurred.
The applicant’s written skills appear to be weak. The research paper was well done, but the assignment work had various errors of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. (There was also some evidence of this weakness in the essay.) These errors detracted from the reader’s focus on the applicant’s ideas.
Portfolio-related comments: Materials presented show a thorough flow of influences back and forth between theory/ideas to experience. The influences are raised to a conscious level, and incorporated into analytical activities. The applicant could use some workshops in writing - though he does write well, his referencing and attention to detail sometimes slip.
It appears that Maureen has some basic communication skills to reinforce her understanding of the concepts of problem-solving, decision-making and interpersonal communication, but further evidence is required.
It seems that Monique is a self-starter and proactive in her personal and professional growth. Based on the competencies noted she enjoys challenging herself and learning new skills, which enhances her critical thinking and competencies.
Based on Marianne’s documentation and her position with her company, it appears that she has implemented effectively some of the communication skills and competencies.
It would have been nice if Connie had provided some examples on what it means to “conduct, assess and report on business processes” and the same hold for the other learning statements. One could also add that her learning statements are a bit scattered constituting isolated islands of knowledge and as such do not provide evidence that she commands the important system approach to Organizational Behaviour. I hope that Connie takes these comments in good spirit and I strongly encourage her to take a number of courses with theory content. In particular, given her plans to work as a consultant, she would benefit from knowing a bit more beyond the mere practicalities of Business Administration.
This portfolio contains evidence of wide-ranging and mature knowledge and understanding of a practical applied sort related to her extensive experience in business and community affairs. Unfortunately, it was extremely difficult to relate much of the information and assertions she provided to the learning goals and objectives of the Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations program, particularly to the disciplinary base that is incorporated in it. Ms. Prinquist provided very little, either by way of learning statements, documentation or other forms of evidence that would reflect the key objectives. Anything having to do with union-management relations was particularly conspicuous by its absence.
I would have liked to see greater concentration and supporting evidence of learning and application of the concept of leadership in context of work organization where leadership is required to resolve conflict, manage change and influence organizational culture.
The applicant’s experience working closely with front-line staff, including dealing with emergent issues and conflicts, seems to closely parallel motivation and productivity issues within the organizational behaviour field.
Katherine’s portfolio was difficult to clearly and easily access corresponding documentation that reinforced the various courses’ learning outcomes. It took a great deal of time to find the appropriate corresponding information. It is apparent that Katherine’s area of expertise is asset management, which deals with budgets and planning.
It is evident that Sheila is cognizant that motivating all stakeholders empowers them and in turn increases performance, motivation, productivity and satisfaction. The above four variables are interconnected and mutually dependent and it is imperative for a team leader to recognize the importance of understanding not only employee but also organizational behaviours as well.
It seems that Rebecca is a self starter and proactive in her personal and professional growth. Based on the competencies noted she enjoys challenging herself and learning new skills, which enhances her critical thinking and competencies.
No reference is made to a process the applicant used for evaluating materials or resources using her acquired knowledge of teaching and learning.
Students are expected to ensure their vocational or personal needs and accomplishments are well defined. The information provided in Marilyn’s portfolio contained a great amount of detail and description of some of the concepts that one would expect a student to learn if they had completed courses within the program. Many of the courses / sessions Marilyn participated in appeared to be introductory or orientation sessions. They did not demonstrate that they provided the scope and depth required of a senior course to obtain university level credit for transfer to this degree.
While the submission lacks the definitive ties to demonstrate the understanding or application of the concepts assessed, comments on her past performance and development results indicate Gurpreet does have a good base of knowledge that relates to her field. From the assessment conducted, the combination of these factors would determine that Gurpreet could receive credit for one senior admin course within the program.
I feel that Charlotte will do well in the program and will benefit personally and professionally from the theories and concepts provided by the courses she chooses to complete her program.
Monica's portfolio is remarkable! This woman presents herself as a competent, well-experienced, and reflective professional. She has a background including direct care for children with a number of special needs in a variety of settings and administrative responsibilities in these areas, as well as adult facilitation and teaching. She has integrated personal learning from the nurturing and care of her children to inform her practice.
Darcy has used the challenges with which she has been faced in her life to build resilience and seek out new opportunities. I believe her employment has offered her opportunities to demonstrate "grounded theory." She seems to effectively balance initiative and independence with team work, home life and work life, as well as learning from both life experiences and formal education. Darcy's thoughtful and reflective self-assessment will continue to serve her well as she moves forward to earn her degree.
I strongly urge Alex to become a member of the Association for Early Childhood Educators as I believe that all designations are good to maintain.
Erica, it was a pleasure to read your portfolio and to be “witness” to your growth throughout the years.
It is clear from the documentation and the support letters that you are able to clearly meet the duties for the position that you are currently filling.
Your strengths appear to be within the area of interpersonal communication – both your written and verbal skills were commented on in many of the letters of attestation. These skills, which were once considered to be “soft” skills, are now recognized as being very important in the workplace and should serve you well in future positions.
As your work experience is concentrated in a very narrow field, you will need to be vigilant in seeking out PD and volunteer opportunities to broaden your knowledge of Human Services and to stay current with best practices i.e. grief is no longer discussed in terms of stages and Kubler-Ross is no longer considered the only guru. We now discuss the experience of grief in terms of the 4 main tasks of grieving and what one needs to do to work on and eventually complete those tasks.
I read with interest the path you have carved for yourself as an Early Childhood Educator in the face of many household relocations across Canada and internationally. These repeated relocations have contributed to your professionalization in many ways that make you a valued educator of new ECE students as recognized by traditional post-secondary educational institutions.
Pallivi may find her initial learning curve quite steep because of expectations in the program concerning essay writing, research skills and senior-level writing at the university level. Once these transitions have been made successfully, she will flourish. Accordingly, Pallivi would be well served to develop a personal relationship with an advisor who can help her to negotiate the services available to students so that she receives support to make a successful transition through the first few courses in the program.
Once the core and major required courses have been completed I would recommend that Suzanne come back to the portfolio process in the final course in the program to develop an individualized capstone document that blends and synthesizes what she will learn from the courses she takes and the material already in her portfolio to reflect on the processes of relocation, especially immigration, to the multiple contributions made by newcomers to Canada to the care and well-being of children, their families and Canadian society. What resources can she identify that enable the process to go smoothly and to produce a new kind of caregiver who has a role to play in educating society at large about cultural diversity? Completion of the degree requirements can be used the further to develop and express your knowledge, skills and values in this important subject.
The student uses an accounting information system from a not-for-profit organization to keep records (bookkeeping) and generate (vs. prepare) reports. Although these functions are vital to the successful operation of an organization, they do not constitute an equivalency for ACCT250 which focuses on management accounting in terms of understanding product costs, the impact of volume on fixed and variable costs, as well as related standard costing concepts and the impact on budgeting. I see no mention of standard management accounting terminology (i.e. fixed vs. variable costs, contribution margin, operating vs. capital costs, etc.) which would indicate that the student had an understanding of the field. Part of the reason for this might be because the organization for which the student works is not-for-profit. However, taking that into consideration, based on what the student has described, her role is of a bookkeeping nature (i.e., she uses Quicken to generate reports, she records source document information vs. engaging in decision-making such as that involved in relevant costing or capital budgeting). I would also like to note that banking information is considered sensitive and confidential; the bank statement and detailed transactions should not have been included as part of the student’s information package. To grant Lisa credit for ACCT250 would be doing her a disservice; she would not have the requisite knowledge necessary to be successful in subsequent business courses.
ORGB327 is about the theory upon which the practice of leadership is based. Ms. Verneky has shown learning around the practice of leadership and management – e.g. “how to anticipate and identity (sic) roadblocks, how to plan strategies, timelines and monitor responsibilities”. It is clear that Ms. Verneky has strong leadership experience and has sought to further build these skills. Unfortunately, it is not clear from the portfolio that she has a strong enough background in leadership theory. Contingency theory, motivational theories, communication theory and theories of power, for example, are all critical in understanding leadership at a higher level but get little attention in the portfolio. As a result, I believe Ms. Verneky will benefit from taking ORGB327, enriching her strong leadership experience with additional theoretical perspectives.
It is apparent throughout the documentation that Sandra exhibits expertise in many areas of the learning objectives for ORGB 319 Sandra’s creativity and team based skills, as demonstrated in her portfolio, reinforce her understanding of the concepts of problem solving and business communication writing. Sandra’ seems to understand effective listening; production; manage formal and informal conversations with all stakeholders and conducting formal interviews and training.
It is difficult to ascertain Joanne’s position within the various organizations she worked for over the past several years. Although she appears to meet some of COMM 377 learning outcomes it is not evident within the documentation that several objectives have been met. At this point due to the lack of documentation and much greater elaboration pertaining to the courses she has taken, I don't feel I can award COMM 377 credits.
I also believe that your wide range of work and management experiences, across several sectors and featuring national and international contexts, have allowed you to develop knowledge and skills parallel to the content of Sociology 321 (Sociology of Work and Industry)
Most of the comments for the first course apply also to the course Understanding the Therapy Relationship. However, this second course was more complete than the previous one. There were more learning outcomes and they were covered more completely. Again, there needed to be some citations to support the explanations and definitions that were given. The relationship of Relational Therapy to Roger’s non-directive therapy was made and important concepts mentioned. In contrast, the learning outcome regarding shame was woefully short on detail. No particular perspective was invoked so it was impossible to tell what perspective on shame was being discussed. In the learning outcome on curative aspects of therapy, the discussion was superficial picking out one theme from large schools of thought. Again, the people associated with each school of thought should be mentioned. For instance, the “feminist theorists” need to be specifically identified.
Marcia's first course, Introduction to Relational Psychotherapy, was well articulated and clear. However, the learning that appeared in the Competency Worksheets failed to live up to the course description. There was a huge theoretical void that is crucial to academic treatment and recognition. The reflective papers were not academic in nature as Marcia indicated and consequently cannot be weighed heavily. That they were valuable is not at issue. That they were not academic, is. There needed to be at least a summary of the key points of the readings, an identification of underlying assumptions, the likely practical implications along with a discussion of limitations. If the personal reflections had accompanied a more academic treatment then that would have been an ideal combination.
The definition of relational psychotherapy was not clearly distinct. It needs to be differentiated by assumptions underlying the model. Its limitations need to be outlined. The contrast with other psychotherapies all lumped together as “impassive and apparently unmoved” (p.13), fails to recognize fundamental distinctions between psychotherapies. Without this kind of context, there is the danger of appearing like a convert of a new “religion”.