About Us

The mission of the Making Connections National Resource Center is to strengthen our internal work around reflective learning and to develop mechanisms for more systematic exchanges within higher education.  The Center operates on two levels:

  • Works with LaGuardia faculty and students in advancing our own practice and

  • Broadens engagement with educators from colleges and universities from around the world.

These two levels of work mutually inform each other. The national and international outreach draws strength from the success of our local work with ePortfolio learning and professional inquiry. Our local work benefits from the sustained engagement with national thinkers and educational leaders.

Some of the core activities of the Making Connections National Resource Center include:

The Making Connections: An ePortfolio Mini-Grant & Seminar Program

This Seminar was launched in January 2008 with initial support from the Fund for
Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education.
It builds on LaGuardia’s foundation as a nationally recognized leader in the field
to broaden the use of ePortfolios to colleges from NYC metropolitan area.
The year-long seminar helps participating 2-year and 4-year colleges to
collaboratively develop and test plans for using ePortfolio. The seminar highlights
new ways to enhance student learning and address issues of transfer, employment
and assessment.

The Making Connections ePortfolio Conference

Making Connections: ePortfolio, Integrative Learning, and Assessment Conference
was held at LaGuardia’s bustling New York City campus on April 11-12, 2008.
The conference drew leaders in the field from across the country and LaGuardia
students and faculty showcased their groundbreaking innovations.
The Making Connections conference proved to be a unique opportunity
to examine the practice and promise of this transformative learning tool.
The next conference will be held in the Spring of 2010. Please check back for more
details and call for proposals at a later date.

Training and Support provided to Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Through this collaboration Vaughn college team participatesin our Making Connections
ePortfolio Seminar, and we provide training and support in the field of
Learning Communities and Supplemental Instruction.

Cross-CUNY ePortfolio in Nursing Education

This program trains CUNY Nursing schools to utilize ePortfolio.
We launched a discussion with area hospitals for using ePortfolio to screen and
hire nursing candidates.

Other Center activities include:

  • Fee-based ePortfolio workshops (LaGuardia campus-based and off campus)

  • Fee-based summer workshop

  • Web-based training and consultation

For further information please contact us.

Making Connections


 ...equally important has been how much I can learn from colleagues engaged in the teaching/learning process; how important self-reflection can be not just for students but also for myself in my own teaching.


 Most helpful to me was the chance to engage with others on ePortfolio usage.  Hearing about the plans, experiences, and culminating reflections of dedicated professionals at other institutions was thoroughly rewarding.