BMCC, City College of New York, LaGuardia CCPresentation Transcript
Campus Projects presented by Borough of Manhattan Community College LaGuardia Community College City College of New York
Reflection on the Journey: Looking Back and Forward at ePortfolio in Teacher Education at BMCC Dr. Alyse C. Hachey, Dr. Jean Plaisir & Dr. Rachel Theilheimer 1/9
Looking Back on the Past Year
As of November 24th, 1232 were listed as ePortfolios users at BMCC.
Focused attention on ECE ePortfolios prompted an overall assessment of the ECE program, generating new learning outcomes for all ECE classes that align with the standards addressed in the ePortfolios.
The team conducted a multi-phase research study to assess key aspects of the current ePortfolio implementation in order to help refine the program.
The team has begun disseminating ePortfolio information to other department colleagues at the College and at national conferences.
The Making Connections seminar series was beneficial in helping the team focus on areas of the current ePortfolio program that need further consideration.
Initial Goals for the Project
Conduct an assessment of the current ePortfolio program to help generate much-needed feedback in order to advance student learning and engagement through ePortfolio creation.
Gain feedback from current 300 and 400-level students on: perceived connections between ePortfolios and class content, usefulness as a reflection tool, platform usability and perception of value at graduation
Gain feedback from recent graduates on: usefulness at senior college level, usefulness in employment seeking situations
Gain feedback from senior colleges on: expectations of first two year portfolio development, how BMCC ePortfolios are being utilized, how the current program can become more useful at the senior college level.
Challenges along the Way
Issues with Data collection
The data collection for the 300 and 400-level students took longer than planned, delaying coding and analysis.
We received a very low response rates from graduates on the mailed survey.
We have had difficulty scheduling interviews with senior colleges due to the busy schedules of all of the stake- holders.
Analysis of data
We are behind on this part of the project, although it is progressing.
We are still working on how best to analyze the data.
Adjustment from Initial Goals
We are shifting from quantitative analysis to qualitative analysis for the graduate surveys due to the low response rate.
We have lengthened the initial proposed timeline of the project as the IRB approval and data collection took longer than expected.
Highlights of Achievement
Our proposal was accepted to join the Making Connections Cohort A during year 2
Positive aspects of our study:
Received institutional IRB approval
Created two survey instruments
Have a 40% return rate on the 300 and 400-level surveys
1232 people have created ePortfolios as of November 24th
ePortfolios are implemented in all ECE courses (approximately 25 sections per semester)
Learning Outcomes for all ECE courses have been re-designed to align with standards in the ePortfolios
85% of Teacher Education faculty have received ePortfolio Training
Three presentations were made by the team or team members on ePortfolios to BMCC colleagues
Two national conferences presentations were made on the BMCC ePortfolio program by a team member.
We have much more to learn about and think about ePortfolios
Coming together with colleagues who share a similar interest is both professionally and personally rewarding
We have many positives in our current program, particularly:
High student ownership
Our use of parallel pedagogy
We have room for program improvement
Especially related to transfer
General refinement based on Feedback
Use the results of our study project to refine the current program (faculty training, student handouts, platform issues, etc.) to increase student learning and engagement.
ePortfolios and Assessment
The current emphasis of our ePortfolio program is on student ownership and self-assessment. Part of the next phase of program refinement will include discussions on the possibility of using ePortfolios for other, more formal types of assessment.
Re-examining Articulation and Transfer
Part of the next phase of program refinement will include more discussions with the senior colleges to better align our program and ePortfolios with senior college needs.
The BMCC team wishes to thank the following individuals for supporting its participation and efforts in the Making Connections project:
Dr. Bret Eynon— Making Connections @ LaGuardia
Dr. Judit Török — Making Connections @ LaGuardia
Dr. Sadie Bragg—Provost Office @ BMCC
Ms. Mabel Chee—Grant Office @ BMCC
Campus Projects presented by City College of New York LaGuardia Community College Borough of Manhattan Community College
Reflection on our Journey The City College of New York Jeffrey Clapp Doris Grasserbauer Ethan Ham Geraldine Murphy Ana Vasovic Friday, December 18, 2009 1/9
Teaching and Learning
Showcase and Reflection
Art/Digital Media, English, Education
Data collection and storage for longitudinal analysis
General Education, Education
One-step-ahead in a digital world with career ePortfolios
Establish and/or replace existing portfolios in the digital world
Art/Digital Media, Education
Making Connections Seminar - Friday Dec 18, 2009 2/9
Benchmarks & Progress
ePortfolio committee for implementation strategy
include faculty, administration, IT
Techy subcommittee for platform selection
Consider three platforms (Digication, ExpoLX, Epsilen)
Demo each on campus
Define proficiencies/learning outcomes
Identify target courses
Making Connections Seminar - Friday December 18, 2009 3/9
Benchmarks & Progress continued
Training workshops for Faculty
Introduction to ePortfolios
Technologies available (Digication, ExpoLX, Epsilen)
Training sessions on Epsilen
How-to guides, online resources
IT support for faculty and students
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Trained technical support staff
Pilot in Fall 09
Making Connections Seminar - Friday December 18, 2009 4/9
Challenges along the Way
Different needs from different departments (General Education, Art, English, Education)
Lack of technology infrastructure influenced the platform choice
(only no-maintenance platform an option)
Making Connections Seminar - Friday December 18, 2009 5/9
Statistics on Implementation
Three freshmen composition courses
One graduate course
Numerous courses (TaskStream and other platforms)
For this project with Epsilen:
One graduate course
Making Connections Seminar - Friday December 18, 2009 6/9
General Education http://www.epsilen.com/dstephe02
Art http://www.epsilen.com/MyPortal/Public/ViewEntry.aspx?blogID=51924&hostUserAccountID=79371&prefix=nhtun00 http://www.epsilen.com/MyPortal/Public/ViewEntry.aspx?blogID=51272&hostUserAccountID=79371&prefix=nhtun00