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Zooming into the "miracle" of ePortfolio Project and Technology

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  • Platform is one of the many factors that create the “miracle”
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  • Selection should be thoughtful Without the platform it is difficult to move the project forward.
  • eP Portal – central shared spaceeP – individualePsAdmin Backend – data collection, setting restrictionsDatabase – collects info
  • eP Portal – central shared spaceeP – individualePsAdmin Backend – data collection, setting restrictionsDatabase – collects info
  • eP Portal – central shared spaceeP – individualePsAdmin Backend – data collection, setting restrictionsDatabase – collects info
  • eP Portal – central shared spaceeP – individualePsAdmin Backend – data collection, setting restrictionsDatabase – collects info
  • We are not here to promote. List is based on participating school’s
  • Platform is a tool to achieve your goals. The tool itself doesn’t have innate goal.
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  • Zooming into the “miracle” of ePortfolio Project and Technology Image shared by Kate Todd from Manhattanville College. Thank you!
  • ePortfolio Project Technology and ePortfolio Project Faculty Technology Development Goal Integrative Assessment Learning There are many components to a successful ePortfolio project…
  • Technology and ePortfolio Project Faculty Development Technology Goal Integrative Assessment Learning … and Technology is one of them. The following slides will present some concepts and criteria to help you lift off the technology part of your ePortfolio Project.
  • ePortfolio Project Technology and ePortfolio Project Goal Lofty or humble, ePortfolio projects have goals.
  • ePortfolio Project Technology and ePortfolio Project Goal Technology & Settings This goal needs a central tool – the ‘e’ part of the ePortfolio.
  • ePortfolio Project Technology and ePortfolio Project Goal Technology & Settings Support and Training To make good use of this tool, support and training is essential.
  • ePortfolio Project Technology and ePortfolio Project In order to sustain this effort you need: Goal •Budget •Personnel/ roles •Communication/ Workflow Technology & Settings Support and Training Let’s look at how LaGuardia Community College is handling each project components
  • Selecting the Platform Selection of the ePortfolio platform should be purposeful and thoughtful. However, don’t stall too long waiting for a perfect platform! Visual reference is a powerful convincing tool to have more folks on board with your project.
  • Essential ePortfolio Platform Pieces So what makes an ePortfolio platform? Of course there are individual ePortfolios… eP eP eP
  • Essential ePortfolio Platform Pieces …which are generally are accessible through the ePortfolio Portal. Often times, these portals are used to showcase student work and provide tutorials. eP ePortfolio Portal eP eP
  • Essential ePortfolio Platform Pieces At the back end, administrators and developers log in to control permissions and gather data for various purposes. eP Data Data base base ePortfolio Portal eP Administrative eP back-end
  • Types of ePortfolio Platforms There are three types of platforms: •Proprietary •Open Source •Combined
  • Types of ePortfolio Platforms - Proprietary Proprietary Platform Most come with course management system Generally comes with hosted server Off site and on-site support is provided  The pricing differs from school to school depending on: • number of users • storage space • level of customization • training and additional features. Customization is limited
  • Types of ePortfolio Platforms - Proprietary List of some Proprietary Platform • Angel Portfolio (http://www.angellearning.com/products/eportfolio/learner_experience. html) • Blackboard Learning Objects • Chalk and Wire (http://www.chalkandwire.com/) • Digication (http://digication.com) • Epsilen (http://www.epsilen.com) • Livetext (https://college.livetext.com/) • Taskstream (https://www.taskstream.com)
  • Types of ePortfolio Platforms - Proprietary Trying out Proprietary Platform • Ask for trial accounts • If testing in large scale with full features, fee may be required. • Make sure to test thoroughly as various user types – administrator, student, faculty, assessment committee etc.
  • Types of ePortfolio Platforms – Open Source Open Source/ Homegrown Developed by source community Code is available for any developer to contribute Customization is not restricted Migrating to other platforms is relatively easy Maintained by school
  • Types of ePortfolio Platforms – Open Source List of Open Source/ Homegrown Platforms • Drupal (http://drupal.org/) • Joomla (http://www.joomla.org/) • Moveable Type (http://www.movabletype.org/) • Wordpress Multiuser (http://mu.wordpress.org/) Created for Educational Use (ePortfolio feature available): • Mahara (http://mahara.org/) related to Moodle • Sakai OSP (http://sakaiproject.org/)
  • Types of ePortfolio Platforms – Open Source Trying out Open Source/ Homegrown Platforms • Make sure to test rigorously before opening it up to larger user group •When working in group, communication and documentation is crucial. • Plan ahead for dealing with version upgrades • Security, security, security!
  • Types of ePortfolio Platforms – Combined Model Combined Model Mix and match of open source platform and proprietary services The services can range from creating customized add-on features to a complete ePortfolio package Penn State ePortfolio: Combination of Moveable Type and a customized software for assessment
  • 3 Approaches to Comparing Platforms So how do you compare these platforms? Try 3 approaches: 1. Compare Specs for overall robustness – Do they meet the minimum requirements? 2. Check strengths and weaknesses based on Needs assessment – Who are the users and is the platform meeting their needs? 3. See them in action – How are other schools using them?
  • Approach #1: Compare Specs for overall robustness  Security Maintenance Data Hosting Ownership Features Customization Ease of Use Interoperability Support Cost Company/ developer Community liability
  • Approach #2: Check strengths and weaknesses based on Needs assessment
  • Approach #2: Check strengths and weaknesses based on Needs assessment Who are the potential users? What do they want/need to achieve with the tool? How can you prioritize these needs?
  • Approach #2: Check strengths and weaknesses based on Needs assessment Who are the potential users? • Administrators • Faculty • Students • Employers • Alumni • Counselors • Admissions
  • Approach #2: Check strengths and weaknesses based on Needs assessment Needs Assessment and Design for Use The following is a simplified list of potential users and their possible needs. Note that it doesn’t lay out the logistics of ‘how’ this need is met. The ‘how’ should be directed to the developers of the platforms. Administrators: • Create collaborative working space • Create and join groups of various interests • Collect data for Programmatic/ institutional assessment and accreditation • Transfer ePortfolio to a different platform after graduation or transfer • Sort and categorize data by various matrices Faculty: Employers: • Navigate quickly to get necessary information • Assess students’ prior knowledge and skills • View resume and evidence of skills • Capture process and product of learning • Make contacts • See student work in various multimedia • Share rubrics among faculty Counselors: • Track student progress • Advise students based on ePortfolio contents • Create collaborative working space • Easily access students data from student management system Students: • Share safely and easily Admissions: • Customize design • Take into consideration various skill sets of prospective • Share various multimedia students • Integrate web tools • Explore curriculum of other schools with articulation agreement or considering agreement • Access through various devices
  • Approach 3: See them in action See various ePortfolio Platforms in action! http://www.connections-community.org/eportfolios-in-higher-education http://www.connections-community.org/campusprojects
  • Thank you! Any Questions? For Questions about the slide, ePortfolio Project at LaGuardia Community College, Making Connections National Resource Center, contact: connections@lagcc.cuny.edu