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Tricks of the Trade in ePortfolio Implementation: A Case Study
 

Tricks of the Trade in ePortfolio Implementation: A Case Study

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Eportfolios are increasing seen as a pedagogical tool to meet the external and internal requirements of a higher education institution. How to approach the embedding of eportfolios can be a challenge ...

Eportfolios are increasing seen as a pedagogical tool to meet the external and internal requirements of a higher education institution. How to approach the embedding of eportfolios can be a challenge in a changing institutional environment. One option is a trial method which can falter if the institutional will for implementation is not forthcoming. Alternatively, course champions can travel the solo road but wider adoption may be a problem. The University of the Sunshine Coast recently undertook a six month Feasibility Study to determine whether the university community value using ePortfolios for student learning. This model enables a stepwise progression towards a staged sustainable eportfolio implementation by gauging interest and collecting evidence through collegiate workplace practices to gaining high level institutional support. The study resulted in a fully supported Early Adopter Phase in 2013 with two programs implementing ePortfolios and a larger staged implementation process to be undertaken next year.

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    • Tricks of the Trade in ePortfolio Implementation: A Case Study
    • Welcome Christine Slade ePortfolio Project Manager Centre for the Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C~SALT) University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) eP Journey since July 2012
    • Where is USC in the ePortfolio process? July-Dec 12 Dec 2012 ePortfolio Feasibility Study Institutional support gained Jan-Nov 2013 Early Adopter Phase Aug 2013 Apply for Funds Uni Rollout 2014-16 Anticipated Uniwide Staged Implementation
    • Start an Email Interest Group • All staff email sent out initially • Diverse number of responses • Within this group – volunteers to trial ePortfolio software packages • Feedback/showcase event
    • Gauge Interest – Feasibility Study a. Investigate purposes USC community require from an ePortfolio system b. Develop set of criteria of functional requirements c. Investigate appropriate software applications d. To provide future recommendations for ePortfolio use
    • Work with Colleagues Academic and professional colleagues appreciated our approach in asking their opinions about use of ePortfolios for student learning • • • • • Faculty teaching and support staff Careers Graduate Attributes Tertiary preparation Administration
    • Collect Evidence Pedagogical Professional Staff want their own eP for PD, PPR continuing accreditation and career enhancement
    • Address All Inquiry Levels Different levels of understanding about ePortfolios. 1. What is an ePortfolio? 2. Interested but questions 3. See value but inexperienced in use 4. Staff (students?) who have previously used ePortfolios successfully.
    • Learn from Others • Other universities report (and confirmed by our participants) that it is vital to provide an extended support structure not only for students, but to staff who are involved. • There are problems with implementing ePortfolio trials within programs prior to gaining university endorsement of ePortfolios. • There is merit in a staged implementation process.
    • Get to Know the eLearning Staff
    • Gain Institutional Support Early • Feasibility study approach enabled early institutional buy-in • Recommendations accepted Dec 2012 - enough interest to use ePortfolios - PebblePad software suitable - Develop application for implementation • Don’t go too far without this support!
    • Early Adopters 2013 Bachelor of OT (100 first year students) Reflective assessment task Masters of Midwifery Case studies (15 students)
    • Benefits of Early Adopter Phase • Opportunity to begin a staged ePortfolio implementation process increases the likelihood of successful outcomes. Undergraduate and postgraduate level. Collaboration between faculty and C-SALT to provide support for staff and students. Preparation for wider implementation in 2014 -showcasing ePortfolio use -training of other interested program leaders from email interest group at same time
    • Challenges of Early Adopter Phase • • • • Reactionary facilitation Larger group to manage Limited budget Staff training - Management team - L&T staff - Academics including sessional staff • Student training • Pressure to be a positive experience
    • Balance Action with Support Driving change is constant BUT Teachers and students need technological support Teachers also need pedagogical support to adapt Resource: Slade & Readman ‘New pedagogical e-spaces: Keeping pace with staff readiness’, HERDSA refereed paper, July 2013
    • Aim for a Positive Experience for All • Not burdensome • Stepwise change and adaption • Well supported • Address problems quickly • Plan strategically
    • Keep Hold of the Reigns • Take a measured and timely approach • Look past people’s excitement with a new technology
    • A Staged Implementation Supported, steady rollout – that’s the plan! We will see…..
    • Go the Extra Mile & Research • Join community of practice through publishing. • Wish list - Knowledge from others about a Feasibility Study approach
    • Contact Details If you would like further information please contact: Christine Slade, ePortfolio Project Manager C~SALT University of the Sunshine Coast Email: cslade@usc.edu.au