The primary objective of Passport is to provide a structural basis for in-depth individualized and group information literacy instruction in order to advance student career objectives to find gainful employment.
A secondary objective is the education of freshman college students about the importance of maintaining ethical standards in the research, development, and creation of employment portfolios to achieve their employment objectives.
A third critical objective is to allow students to create a miniature world view of themselves through the use of avatars of their future careers, to relate that world view to the major career objectives on an educational platform in order to gain self-esteem and interpersonal development.
These objectives are achieved through structured choices made by the students that provide tangible rewards to them for their work during the training. Each level of training is tracked to ensure that students achieve their goals. The workshop design is intentionally a flipped- classroom, project based design.
The rewards are built into the application design and by interactions with the training staff during project creation. The unstated goal of the student experience is to raise awareness of the relationship between self-esteem, and using advanced research tools to discover meaningful information about their chosen professions.The objective is to motivate student thinking and writing, by creating a daily working modality.
This is a process designed to take students who normally do not possess skills needed in career development, to accelerate their learning curve, and bring them to a new level of understanding. The reason this system works is because the design of the workshop is not merely about imparting information: it is about the student’s own personal development- focused upon self-actualization.
The underlying concept of Passport is that by attaching personal motivation to technology and specific research training students will be engaged in career development in a new way. To gain a complete understanding of the critical role of informational literacy in finding employment through personal motivation. But the true motivation behind the workshop is self discovery.
The workshop relies upon a differentiated learning model that is informed by coherent complexity. The small magic of this course is that it demonstrates values in action. There is a certain amount of role playing and interaction built into the design of this workshop, and deploying the workshop requires instructors to reach beyond traditional teaching methods to consider that which is unique about genuine self discovery.
Why This Approach?
It is no secret that many new students are resistant to traditional library information literacy training, and that few freshman entering college have a real appreciation for what happens in an academic library setting. The purpose of this workshop is not merely to inform the students well enough to pass assessments in information literacy, but to enliven the educational process.
This is a comprehensive aggressive boot camp approach to employment geared specifically to young students in need. The learning track is embedded in their experiences. The presentation of the workshop concentrates on a consistent bridge between analog and digital tools to take students on a guided journey of their own making. It is a novel approach that tackles weaknesses in learning styles of contemporary entry-level college students.
Though Passport could be implemented in fewer than ten hours of classroom time; it genuinely succeeds with a higher percentage of students when the concept of a ten hour comprehensive training workshop is honored. The training is organized to allow students to demonstrate to themselves through individualized discovery and group training. All career the explorations demand a creative modality- an element that is often missing in “employment workshops.” We are not simply trying to help students find a job; we are preparing them by focusing their true identities.
This preparation significantly aids the student in their career searches and contributes to a positive world view of their future employment objectives. Students access the self discovery workshop in between training sessions, and present their digital passports to be marked for their progress through the educational journey portal. This creates a system of accountability that enhances the value of the training.
Structure of the Workshop
The students are immersed in an individualized technology driven tour of research, design and innovation during which they create their own personal profiles based upon their future professions. Students begin the training by choosing their personal Avatar. The Avatar is a critical link between the student’s aspirations and the reality of their career objectives. They create their avatars using templates parts and their own creations.
There are four main Personal Avatars:
1) Creator: (Actor, Artist, Dancer, Musician, Writer)
2) Educator: (Coach, Counselor, Teacher, Administrator)
3) Science Technologist: (Computers, Engineers, Medical)
4) Business Leader: (Finance, Manager, Builder)
Each Avatar has a set of four goal tracks, so that students participation is centered around the development of their Avatar through the completion of a series of application based phases, after which their passports are stamped. By the time the students have achieved the master level they have created a complete resume and employment portfolio, applied for ten positions, and developed significant employment research and communication skills.
The progression to each level of training is marked by a series of skill sets that are also describe briefly in their passports. The detailed Passport Program is available from Invisible Cafe Graphics upon course registration.
This is not teaching information literacy in the traditional way, pulling teeth out of victims with power points and the same old examples. This is a creative workshop that is entirely focused upon the contemporary digital modality of students today. If it sounds like a workshop you may be interested in for your educational organization, contact Richard Campbell to attend a demonstration workshop.
Contact Richard Campbell for details at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(The Passport System is a patented training program designed by Richard Campbell and will be available in book form through Boston Entrepreneurial Arts Publishing. The words and images on this site are subject to copyright laws and are not to be reproduced without permission.)