Q: I know that field experience or professional practice is an integral part of all counseling programs. How has Anthology Portfolio supported this process?
A: We use Portfolio’s Experiential Learning tool for internship and practicum courses. Before implementing Portfolio for our face-to-face students, time logs, required signatures and all evaluations were done through a hard copy medium. Someone then had to transfer this information to a digital format for aggregation and review. Our online programs were scanning and submitting documentation, which came in various formats and took a tremendous amount of time for the students, faculty, and program administrators. Now that we have the experiential learning tool, all tracking, submitting, assessing, and recording hours happen online. This saves us many, many hours of time and effort. Additionally, all stakeholders, both at the institution and in the field, can now easily access this information. Because we had Portfolio on campus, we were able to quickly pivot to fully online in the wake of COVID-19, which would have been much more difficult without.
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