LTDC. Do or not do. Supporting ePortfolio adoption in a year

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Presentation to LTDC earlier in the year about the process of ePortfolio adoption at UW Oshkosh

Presentation to LTDC earlier in the year about the process of ePortfolio adoption at UW Oshkosh

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  • 1. Do. Or not do. There is no try: supporting Program Level ePortfolios in a Year R John Robertson LTDC Central Regional Showcase UW Stevens Point 2013-03-13
  • 2. UW Oshkosh ● 1800 anticipated First Year Students ● 12000 undergraduate population ● Significant transfer student intake
  • 3. Coming Fall 2013
  • 4. USP ● A focus on First Year Experience explicitly based on AAC&U's High Impact Practices (AAC&U / Kuh) Also seeking to document learning in an ePortfolio ● Reform of general education program approved by Faculty Senate in March 2012. From approved plan to running for the first year intake in a year ●
  • 5. USP Team & ePortfolios ● An ePortfolio specialist ● Recruited, appointed, started mid July
  • 6. Do. Or not do... [Imagine Yoda]
  • 7. Challenges - scale ● Approximately 250 courses and at least 200 instructors ● 1800 First Year Students
  • 8. Challenges - purpose ● One driver for USP is demonstrating the value of our Gen Ed program, so who is the ePortfolio for? ● Accreditation as a driver but with the potential to distract from pedagogy
  • 9. Challenges - process ● ePortfolio new for most instructors ● Developing the idea of a program level ePortfolio and helping students frame assignments from a course in the wider picture of a program and degree ● Course and ePortfolio assignment may have been set up by department before instructor hired
  • 10. Challenges - technology ● Thinking technology does xyz; discovering it does uwx but not xyz ● Guarantees about software sustainability ● Terminology
  • 11. Use the Force Luke Pilot 5-6 instructors ~200 students Different starting points Examining issues formatviely Challenge of summative review Support resources endorsed
  • 12. Professional development ● Going to every meeting and training opportunity with the wider program that I can ● Enhancing Student Learning: reflection and the ePortfolio process workshop series
  • 13. Reference resources Resources ● ● ● ● ● USP site LT site D2L FAQ Guides and Brochures Access points for students?
  • 14. Learning opportunities ● Spotting and acknowledging mistakes ○ assumptions about what tools can do ○ when shared spread misinformation which you have to address later ● Assumptions ○ about your role in relation to other units on campus ○ about use of platform
  • 15. The biggest critical success factor? ● The engagement of the USP team and campus community ● Having the opportunity to explore, test, and find out how ePortfolio stuff works or doesn't work ● Being the person with their eye on this particular issue and being a voice for these questions in different contexts
  • 16. Ongoing questions ● Export ● Analytics and data ● How do we ensure students keep their portfolios up to date? ● Student support beyond FAQ and resource sites
  • 17. Contact ● robertrj@uwosh.edu ● @kavubob ● usp@uwosh.edu