ePortfolios and Metacognition in Online Basic Research Methods - SPS

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ePortfolios and Metacognition in Online Basic Research Methods - SPS
Web 2.0 tools facilitate shared knowledge, reflection, and metacognition among CUNY Online Baccalaureate students in a research methods learning community. E-Portfolio
modeling encourages transfer of ownership and thoughtful self-navigation of program learning goals targeted in course objectives and assignments. Examples highlight the first tier of a scaffolded series of competencies across two research methods courses that are prerequisites to capstone projects.
• Barbara Walters, Consortial Faculty, CUNY Online
• Ellen Smiley, Academic Director of the CUNY Online
• Sarah Morgano, ePortfolio Communication Coordinator
• Kate Noel Moss, Learning Community Instructor, CUNY Online
• William Bernhardt, Consorti al Faculty, CUNY Online

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ePortfolios and Metacognition in Online Basic Research Methods - SPS

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  2. 2. <ul><li>Barbara Walters, Consortial Faculty, </li></ul><ul><li>CUNY Online Baccalaureate </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen Smiley, Academic Director of the CUNY Online </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Morgano, ePortfolio Communication Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Kate Noel Moss, Learning Community Instructor, </li></ul><ul><li>CUNY Online Baccalaureate </li></ul><ul><li>William Bernhardt, Consortial Faculty, </li></ul><ul><li>CUNY Online Baccalaureate </li></ul>http:// cunyonline.digication.com/portfolio/directory.digi
  3. 3. <ul><li>Web 2.0 tools facilitate shared knowledge, reflection, and metacognition among CUNY Online Baccalaureate students in a research methods learning community. E-Portfolio modeling encourages ownership transfer and thoughtful self-navigation of program learning goals, targeted in course objectives and assignments. Examples highlight tiers in a scaffolded series of competencies that are pre-requisites to capstone projects in our Communication and Culture concentration. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Steering Committee for Online Resources and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>CUNY Online Baccalaureate: Fall 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed for “degree completers” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single cross-disciplinary concentration: Communication and Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanded in initial year from 250 students in 30 sections of 17 courses to 400 students in 62 sections of 50 courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>B.S. in Business, Spring 2008; M.S. in Business Management and Leadership, Fall 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2010, over 750 students enrolled in 67 classes across three degree programs </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Clear Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional Mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pedagogy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep learning – non-content teaching and learning goals (Keith Roberts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Constructivist learning -- WAC and WID (Bloom, Perry and Bean) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection and Self-Navigation (John Dewey and Lev S. Vygotsky) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communities of Practice – Learning Communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessment and Evaluation </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Goal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion of all students in the program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of ePortfolios to mirror, map and communicate progress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection and Social Networking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>ePortfolios and Communities of Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digication </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>“ If you don’t know where you want to go, you might end up somewhere else.” </li></ul><ul><li>Yogi Berra </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Credit: Yogi Berra’s game-worn jersey, Photography Collection, The Glory Days: New York Baseball 1947-1957, and exhibit from Museum of the City of New York, which ran from June 27 to December 31, 2007. Used under a Creative Commons “Attribution/Noncommercial/ No-Derivative Works” </li></ul>*Cf. Andrea Leskes, AACU, 2005, CUNY Research Seminar
  8. 8. <ul><li>* Adapted from Andrea Leskes, AACU, 2005, CUNY Research Seminar </li></ul>Mission Assessment/ Reflection We are here Double Loop Learning
  9. 9. This course title and sequence have changed as a result of this double-loop learning.
  10. 10. <ul><li>TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS </li></ul><ul><li>LEARNERS </li></ul><ul><li>Clear program goals </li></ul><ul><li>Clear learning goals </li></ul><ul><li>Alignment between mission, guiding principles, goals, assignments and assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Self-directed </li></ul><ul><li>Aware of the process </li></ul><ul><li>Integrative </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive </li></ul>Adapted from Andrea Leskes, AACU, 2005, CUNY Research Seminar Open system
  11. 11. Visible Knowledge
  12. 12. <ul><li>Basic Competencies: Fall 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course redesign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Course Goals and Objectives: meetings in teams </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent assignments and assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Development or Community Building around Basic Principles </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>I. Inquiry and Critical Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>II. Communication </li></ul><ul><li>III. Cultural Diversity and Social Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>V. Teamwork and Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>VI. Knowledge Base </li></ul>
  14. 14. Basic Competencies CC 401 CC 403 CC 404 CC 405 CC 406 CC 407 CC 408 CC 409 CC 411 CC 499 I. Inquiry & C. Thinking X II. Comm. X III. Cult. Div. & Soc. Resp. X IV. Creativity X V. Teamwork & Leadership X VI. Knowledge Base X
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  16. 16. <ul><li>Fall 2008 Expo Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2009 Digication Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing Communities of Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion Forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ePortfolios </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Blackboard has always had the discussion board, but new tools allow new outlets for student contributions in online courses: blogs (collective or individual) and wikis. How can these tools be used effectively (and non-redundantly) in the Blackboard environment? </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Enables journal style entries separated and tagged by name, date, and time, appearing in reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to create web-based diaries or other types of web records </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities include documents, links, images, plus a comments feature </li></ul><ul><li>Journal, viewing, and comments can be open to individual students, groups, or entire class </li></ul><ul><li>Tool for reflection </li></ul>
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  20. 20. <ul><li>An effective tool for collaborative student website authoring: think Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a venue for teamwork and reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates text, image, or other media links and/or displays </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment tools available </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki editing, viewing, and comments can be available to class or team </li></ul>
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  23. 23. <ul><li>110 Students in Five Courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>COM 110 Digital Information in the Contemporary World </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ART 210 Modern Art in the City </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENG 102 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CC 410 Introduction to Research Methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CC 409 Studies in Communication and Cultural Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CC 499 Senior Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Model ePortfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Student Resource Site </li></ul>
  24. 24. Sample Student ePortfolio : Created for students to mirror. Basic Academic ePortfolio Template : Created for students to model.
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  26. 26. Ownership Transfer Social Networking
  27. 27. <ul><li>CC 499 Senior Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initially a contract and guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Double loop adjustment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills students should have at registration for CC 499: Fall 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature searches and review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating theory and hypotheses from literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistical Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SPSS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic descriptive statistics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tests of significance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ethnography </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Content Analysis </li></ul></ul></ul>
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  29. 29. A direct result of NOT evaluating evidence (reflecting).
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  32. 32. This course was revised as a result of this double-loop learning.
  33. 33. <ul><li>CC 401 and Deep Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Transition to Four-Year College </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Reflective: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge exists absolutely and can be ascertained by direct observation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quasi-Reflective: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge is uncertain; evidence is used but it is idiosyncratic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflective </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge is constructed by evaluating evidence </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Change in Research Methods sequence and course numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of Write-from-the-Start </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Community: COM 110 and CC 401 </li></ul>
  34. 34. Shared Knowledge
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  36. 36. Reflection
  37. 37. Thanks to SPS Deans George Otte and Brian Peterson; Sylvie Richards, SPS Media and Technology Specialist; B.Loerinc-Helft, Academic Director of the CUNY Online Programs in Business; Washington Hernandez, Operations Manager, Ericke Wong, Operations Assistant; Phil Pecorino, Howard Wach, Jordi Getman, Carl Grindley, Joe Ugoretz and Rob Whittaker, Colleagues in the CUNY Online Baccalaureate; Bret Eynon, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at LaGuardia; and all of our mentors and colleagues at LaGuardia Community College and in Cohort A at Making Connections.

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