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  • Thinking Outside the Binder: Online Portfolios for Professional Review John Barritt Academic English Studies Lewis & Clark College
  • Online Portfolios
    • Process = professional development
    • Cultivate technological literacy
    • Exposure to new tools for classroom
  • Getting Started
    • Identify / bridge gaps in tech literacy
    • Adopt a pedagogical stance that targets “multiliteracies”
  • Multiliteracies
    • The New London Group (1996)
    • Literacy includes “negotiating a multiplicity of discourses.”
    • Take into account “culturally and linguistically diverse and increasingly globalized societies.”
    • “ [T]he proliferation of communications channels and media supports and extends cultural and subcultural diversity.”
  • Future of EAP
    • Preparing learners for participation in global discourse communities
    • Peer networks
    • “ Cultural and subcultural diversity”
    • Alternatives to western-centered research discourse (e.g. journals)
  • Documentation
    • Blogs
    • Videos
    • Podcasts
    • VoiceThreads
    • Discussion Forums
    • Moodle Pages
    • PowerPoints
    • Images
    • PDFs
  • Tagging
    • Non-linear organization
    • Facilitates sharing across global peer networks
    • Indicate interrelationships
    • An added layer of meaning
  • Student Work
    • Public
    • Portable
    • Private (password protected)
    • Connected
  • Advantages Over Binders
    • Preservation of artifacts in a digital format
    • Portability
    • Accessibility
  • Multiple Intelligences
    • Support your own learning preference
    • Photos / videos of classroom activities and field trips
    • Video commentary
    • Audio commentary
    • Mindmapping (lesson design)
    • Workshop presentations
  • Promotional Materials
    • Accessible
    • Showcasing use of Web 2.0 tools in classroom
    • Increase visibility of program
  • Remembrances of Things Past
    • The changing face of the technological landscape
    • The case of Ning
  • Archiving Artifacts
    • Jing
    • Screenshots
    • PDFs
  • Social Media = New Opportunities
    • To engage students linguistically
    • To receive input / produce output
    • Situate language learning in contexts that are socially meaningful to them
  • Portfolio 2.0
    • Opportunities to master Web 2.0 tools
    • “ Communicative competence” for the digital age
    • Wash over to paper-based colleagues
    • Exposure to new tools for enhancing & extending the classroom experience
    • “ Hybrid” courses, “blended” learning
  • References
    • McKay, S. (2002). Teaching English as an international language: Rethinking goals and approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • The New London Group. (1996). A pedagogy of multiliteracies: Designing social futures. Harvard Educational Review. 66(1). Retrieved from http://wwwstatic.kern.org/filer/blogWrite44ManilaWebsite/paul/articles/A_Pedagogy_of_Multiliteracies_Designing_Social_Futures.htm
    • Stevens, V. (2005). Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments. TESL-EJ. 9(2).
    • Swales, J.M. (1990). Genre analysis: English in academic and research settings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.