Professional Achievement V3

Professional Achievement V3Professional achievement is professional development, career knowledge, leadership, networking, and readiness for the workplace. Professional achievement is different from academic achievement, both are important. Employers expect that new hires will have the skills and knowledge to perform their job and the savvy, communication skills, and relevant experiences to hit the ground running.

A high level of professional achievement shows employers that you can apply learning to practice, and that you can work with your peers and accomplish goals. Academic achievement is measured by GPA, professional achievement is measured by professional achievement points.

We have improved the program in fall 2015 as follows:

Points and eportfolio

  • Revised Professional Achievement Point earning model includes new point earning categories and revised point allocations (some allocations went up and some went down).
  • Professional achievement and reward points for certain activities are automatically awarded by the department (e.g., attendance at department events.).
  • Submit requests for activities such as internships by adding a new point request (post) to your e-portfolio. Once awarded, points are automatically displayed on the e-portfolio.
  • The Professional Achievement Widget will now automatically display Professional Achievement Points and badges on student eportfolios.
  • On November 18, all eportfolios will be automatically upgraded to the latest theme which integrates the Professional Achievement Widget. If you are using the latest theme, the change is seamless. Unexpected results may occur if you don’t have “FOXMISeportfolio_V6.” We recommend switching manually now. See:
  • Review and check on points on the Community Dashboard.

Professional and Academic Achievement Recognition and Rewards

  • Earn one ‘Reward Point’ for use in the MIS Store for each earned Professional Achievement Point. Reward points get deducted when they are used – professional achievement points never get deducted. The ‘prices’ in the store are now lower and the minimum is gone so you can get your favorite store item now!
  • Top professional achievement points and academic GPA leaders will earn a Professional and Academic Achievement Award Certificate and $250 Cash award twice a year. The criteria is:
    • Minimum GPA of 3.50
    • The highest total based on cumulative GPA + Professional Achievement Points
  • Top achievers receive new academic and industry engagement opportunities.
  • AIS will receive a cash award each term based on the number of points earned by AIS members. This means that AIS members get to double dip, earn points for yourself and earn points for your organization!

All of the above changes are live, learn more at:

Temple Learning Platform at Loyola University and KIPP Charter School

What if there was a tool that created an educational environment that didn’t just teach but engaged students so that learning was communal—an interactive social activity, not a static one-way street of facts and stats flowing from teacher to student?And suppose that same tool allowed high school kids to learn how to manage their digital lives and, as those kids became college students, gave them a chance to build their online professional presence.

That tool exists, and it was built by Fox School’s Management Information Systems department.  This year it was used not just by Fox MIS, but by college students at Loyola University Maryland and by high schoolers at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy, in Philadelphia.

The Temple Community Platform is a Web 2.0, cloud-hosted platform based on WordPress. It allows students to create profiles and maintain e-portfolios of their work.  Professors and administrators also have profiles, plus share assignments and course descriptions.  All users comment and share– some blog and post articles.

Plus, it’s gamified.  Students get points for their efforts.

Loyola UniversityAt the Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management, Professor and DeFrancis Scholar in Information Systems, Paul Tallon, read about MIS students using e-portfolios at a Fox career fair. Tallon was intrigued.  “It whetted my appetite because we talked about doing something like that,” he said.

Tallon reached out to do some fact gathering, and shortly thereafter found himself running a pilot program at Loyola, with the platform hosted and supported by Temple. The first semester the platform was up and running, Tallon made creating an e-portfolio a class requirement in one of his courses.  Twenty-eight students went step-by-step through the process of creating a deliberate digital identity. 

Tallon said, “I’m convinced this is the way to go.”  By using a platform that works the way Facebook and LinkedIn work, but is specifically for educational and professional purposes, students learn to post and interact in ways that are more polished than on social media sites.

By the end of the year, more than 60 Loyola business school students had created e-portfolios.  Tallon thinks that, moving forward, sophomores should be using the platform as part of their required Intro to Information Systems class. At that point they “should have a resume and be interested in internships.”

With the Temple and Loyola platforms, future employers can search the e-portfolios, looking for specific skill sets and experience and see the resumes and projects that have been posted.  This helps match students with the right internship—and, eventually, the right job.

KIPP PhiladelphiaThe second pilot program took place at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy, in Philadelphia (a public charter school in an historically underserved area of the city). Rachel Kyler, a teacher and the Director of College Placement, explained that at the high school level the community platform is closed to outsiders, due to a need for student privacy, but open to the school community.

But, like the business schools, one of the major goals of KIPP is to prepare kids for the working world. To be successful, they need to develop “soft skills (like) networking” and to work at internships, Sarah Gomez, Managing Director of KIPP Through College said.

The platform (note: link leads to password protected site) was rolled out to more than 100 11th graders as part of their Junior College Seminar.  The goal was to give the students a place put their resume, showcase their work and communicate with each other about their internships over the summer.

The feedback from the students is positive, Kyler said. “They’re excited about communicating and connecting—they can share what’s working at their internships.”

The platform helped streamline the internship process for the school staff, and will help with both accountability and helping kids overcome challenges during the summer.

Plus, “It’s good college prep because colleges are moving in this direction.”

The Temple Community Platform was conceived in 2008 for the Fox School’s Department of Management Information Systems and since inception has hosted 7300+ members, 5900+ sites, 1200+ e-portfolios, 17,000+ posts, 48,000+ comments, and 300+ courses. It is being used by Temple’s School of Tourism and the Fox School’s Department of Human Resource Management and talks are underway to expand use at Loyola University.

Redeem points at the newly launched FOX MIS store!

store revised

FOX MIS students have been accruing professional achievement points and badges all year long for IT-related work, participation in AIS, and e-portfolio contributions. Sure, these points ultimately enhance an individual’s career, development, and future — but do you know what is even better? Now students can redeem said points at FOX MIS’ online store

That’s right! Trade in your virtual moolah for one-of-a-kind, FOX-branded merchandise, like this really cool lanyard or this zipper wallet. Because nothing says “I’m going places” like an owl keychain. Once you’ve channeled your love of FOX MIS into the purchase of extensive branded merchandise, you can also use points to schedule one-on-one lunches with esteemed Fox IT Advisory Board members Niraj Patel and Bruce Fadem. (Just be sure to bring  your high-quality stylus for note-taking.)

In summary, it’s basically like Chuck E. Cheese, except with learning, and no ball pit. (Yet.)

Keep up the great work!

Digital badges recognize the professional achievements of MIS students

FOX MIS Grand MasterThe Community platform introduces digital badges to recognize the professional achievements of FOX MIS students. To be awarded a badge, students will add a custom developed widget to their eportfolio. Once the widget is added, the student will automatically receive the appropriate badge based on their professional development points.  The badge levels are:

  • Grand Master (2000 plus): The pinnacle of professional readiness. Grand Master’s have extensive experience in engaging with industry, have demonstrated extensive leadership and communication skills, and are likely to take on leadership roles in the future.
  • Master (1500 plus): The master of professional achievement. Master’s have gone above and beyond all the basic requirements and excelled in every category of professional development, career knowledge, networking and are expected to be stars in their careers.
  • Candidate (1000 plus): The complete well-rounded student. Candidates have excelled in meeting all the department’s requirements for professional development. They are ready for the workplace!
  • Apprentice (700 plus): Apprentices have started investing in their professional development early and are well on track to meet the department’s requirements for professional achievement.

The badges will go into full use at the start of the Fall 2013 term. To see examples, visit: or

Read the article by Peter Key of the Philadelphia Business Journal on the MIS Community platform!

Portfolio points

port•fo•li•o (pôrt-fo¹lê-o´, port-) noun – The collection of materials which are representative of a person’s work: a photographer’s portfolio; an artist’s portfolio of drawings.

portfolio leaderboardAs an entry-level IT professional, what is in your portfolio? Besides your transcript and your diploma, what do you have to show to employers that you are going to be a successful IT professional? At Fox MIS, students show their academic and professional development success by:

  • creating and maintaining a digital identity (e-portfolio)
  • (new) compiling a required portfolio of professional development activities that is based on acquiring points for each activity
  • (new) gaining recognition for their achievements through the e-portfolio wire and portfolio point leader board.

MIS students start to develop a portfolio in their first MIS class and continue to receive opportunities to add to their portfolio as they progress through the curriculum.  Checkpoints throughout the curriculum make sure that students stay on course to graduate with the required number of minimum points. Students  receive points for participation in professional development activities and for applying academic learning to practice (e.g., internships, student organization leadership). Students showcase their achievements on e-portfolios.

The portfolio points program was started in spring 2012 by Professor Mart Doyle.

MIS Community v3.0

FOX MIS Connect InnovateThe third major revision of the MIS Community site has been finalized and deployed. The theme of this version is an intense focus on realizing the ‘community’ people-centric vision:

  • The home page layout is logically organized around News (on the left), In-depth content (middle), and Community (the sidebar on the right). This design metaphor is applied everywhere. For example, the BBA in MIS program page includes content on the left and (relevant) community on the right. If you are a top student, you might see yourself on there!
  • Every single page on the main site has been updated and is now focused on the community vision. Related to that, the new totals widget (top right of the home page) shows the full breadth of our community and all the items are clickable – click the “activity today…” to see what is going on today!
  • The new E-portfolio wire showcases the professional interests and accomplishments of students. If a student adds a skill, job interest, updates their job status, changes their major, or submits their e-portfolio. You will see it first on the e-portfolio wire!
  • The site has been re-architected from the ground up to increase performance. You have likely seen performance improvements in the last few weeks. They include (a) a mobile responsive theme that will adjust to different devices, screen sizes, and connection speeds (try the site on your mobile device), (b) custom developed plugins by the MIS department that add community relevant features, (c) feed aggregation that allows us to continue integrating multiple sources of content through RSS but without the performance hit. This was a massive behind the scene effort and critical toward allowing us scale the site and concept.
  • Social integration, so that you can leave comments on the site or push pages to the main social platforms (e.g., Facebook). The department also has related sites on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Flickr.
  • We will be rolling out more updates in the next few weeks as well as new student e-portfolio themes. We are also starting to help other academic units at Temple catch the community wave, but the MIS community site was the first and will remain the gold standard! Stay tuned.

The MIS community site is a unique learning, collaboration, and social platform; there is no other like it. And now it is better and even closer to the community vision.

IT Career Fair promotes Fox School students’ e-portfolios

IT Career Fair

What better place for a career fair to go high-tech than one for IT-centric students?

Temple’s Fox School of Business hosted its first IT Career Fair on Wednesday and, in another first, business students with majors and minors related to information systems carried business cards with QR codes for recruiters, who were equipped with iPads to scan the codes and access students’ e-portfolios.

Also known as electronic resumes, e-portfolios allow students to manage their online identities and showcase experiences and sample work in a more dynamic format than a LinkedIn profile.

“We do a lot of career fairs and sometimes it’s tough to keep track of who you met, and this helps put a face to a resume,” said Paul Zaengle, vice president of U.S. Resource Management for global management and technology consultancy LiquidHub, one of nearly 20 recruiters at the event. “It’s my first time using e-portfolios at any career fair. It’s easy to use, and the iPad integrates some cool technology into the career fair.”

The e-portfolio initiative, overseen by the Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT), includes custom design elements and a search engine for employers to find students by relevant criteria. There are 1,023 e-portfolios in active use.

Read more…

KYW CBS Philly and Temple News feature Fox MIS eportfolios

CBSPhillyKYWRadioKYW 1060 Radio / CBS Philly News and Temple News feature the use of e-portfolios at Fox MIS. The articles discuss the importance and role of e-portfolios in planning and implementing job searches.


Fox Update features social media innovation

Fox Update SM

The Fox Update on Social Media Innovation features MIS led projects on identity management, social education, epolitics, new digital marketing minor, social media innovation course, leadership forum, and social media strategy.

Fox MIS Community Update 2011

 Fox MIS Community Update May 2012

The FOX MIS community grows stronger every day and now has 2562 unique blogs, 3808 registered students, faculty, staff, and alumni members and 947 active e-portfolios. Since January 2009, 9,936 posts, 25,815 comments, and more than 100 courses have been generated on the site. According to Google Analytics, since March 2011, more than a hundred thousand (105,131) unique visitors have viewed the site.  

Social Education at Temple University, Fox School of BusinessThe community is based on the FOX MIS community platform, a set of software tools and templates based on WordPress and BuddyPress which enable social education – a concept that integrates learning, teaching, professional development, placement, administration, and socialization by applying social media and Web 2.0 concepts.

The FOX MIS community platform implements the social education concept by enabling connections, community building, and content management. Every member – student, faculty, and staff – is a socially connected content generator and manager. In social education, the FOX MIS community becomes an important part of the day-to-day life of the student and fits between their Facebook (friends and family) and their LinkedIn community (formal professional connections).

FOX MIS Community Statistics December 2011During the period, November 01, 2011 to December 01, 2011, the main site received 12,706 unique visitors with a total of 25,713 visits, and 81,115 page views. Each visitor spent an average of about 4 minutes on the site and 43% of the visitors were new for that month. 45% of the visitors found the site through a search engine while about 37% directly entered the URL. The most frequently used identifiable search term was “foxmis”. The most frequently visited page was the home page, followed by the login page, and then the grade book page.

The pattern is somewhat different from six months ago: During the period April 01, 2011 to May 01, 2011 the site received 8,902 unique visitors, with a total of 22,754 visits, and 66,420 page views. Each visitor spent an average of about 4 minutes on the site and about 33% of the visitors were new that month. 37% of the visitors found the site through a search engine with about 46% entering a direct URL. The most frequently used identifiable search term was also “foxmis”. The most frequently visited page was still the home page followed by the grade book page.

Note: The above statistics are only for the main blog, they do not include the 2000+ other blogs on the site.

Learn more about the FOX MIS Community project.


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