FYI, LRAP, and the ePortfolio Applying Long Range Academic Planning in the Freshman Year Initiative Rob Whittaker February...
The Setting: Freshman Year Initiative and the  Freshman Seminar <ul><li>FYI at Lehman consists of learning communities for...
Seminar Objectives: <ul><li>To help students understand the nature of higher education, of a liberal arts education, the g...
Long Range Academic Planning <ul><li>LRAP projects student programs through to the major and beyond: 4 semesters at least ...
Advising: The Advantages of the ePortfolio <ul><li>Using Blackboard in the Freshman Seminar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Material...
Freshman Seminar ePortfolio Template <ul><li>Template  Provided for all Freshman Seminar Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>W...
Sample ePortfolios <ul><li>Downloaded:  Marisela Camano </li></ul><ul><li>Live:  La ís Colombo </li></ul>
Assessment of the First Semester <ul><li>24 sections of LEH100 asked to perform 5 specific tasks: profile photo, self-intr...
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  1. 1. FYI, LRAP, and the ePortfolio Applying Long Range Academic Planning in the Freshman Year Initiative Rob Whittaker February 10, 2012
  2. 2. The Setting: Freshman Year Initiative and the Freshman Seminar <ul><li>FYI at Lehman consists of learning communities for all first time full-time freshmen </li></ul><ul><li>All incoming freshmen are block scheduled: English, mathematics, Freshman Seminar, and two Gen Ed courses depending on the block theme </li></ul><ul><li>The Freshman Seminar is a 3 hr. 3 cr. course with learning objectives designed to assist students in adjusting to the college learning environment and its expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Namely to: </li></ul><ul><li>introduce students to the concept, history, and development of the liberal arts </li></ul><ul><li>introduce students to the specific degree requirement at Lehman College </li></ul><ul><li>improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>improve information literacy and library research skills </li></ul>
  3. 3. Seminar Objectives: <ul><li>To help students understand the nature of higher education, of a liberal arts education, the general education policies and curriculum of Lehman College, and the relationship of course work to their personal and career goals. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop the skills of planning academic programs in preparation for creating specific course schedules in subsequent semesters. </li></ul><ul><li>To introduce students to the dimensions of campus life at the College, including academic and student services, extra-curricular activities, etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>To begin developing academic literacy (includes the skills of research, writing, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information analysis, among others). Also mastery of the modern technology of communication and information gathering, i.e. information literacy, including an ability to utilize the Internet facilities available in the Library and the College. </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage an appreciation of the methods and modes of inquiry of different disciplines and subject areas offered by the College. Specifically, to examine the relationship among courses, the major concentration, and career goals. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Long Range Academic Planning <ul><li>LRAP projects student programs through to the major and beyond: 4 semesters at least </li></ul><ul><li>Origins in a Title V Grant on Academic Advising: LRAP Booklet </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of the Gen Ed curriculum, majors, support services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Techniques for integrating support services into academic goals and learning objectives: sample project </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Advising: The Advantages of the ePortfolio <ul><li>Using Blackboard in the Freshman Seminar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials resource, submit written assignments, interactive discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grading, course management and communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited life-span: one semester </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using ePortfolios in addition to Blackboard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized layout and materials, in addition to resource </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life-span of several semesters </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Freshman Seminar ePortfolio Template <ul><li>Template Provided for all Freshman Seminar Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Academic Record & Advising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Lehman Credits/Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Résumé & Career Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Major Plans & My Minor Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Honors/Study Abroad/Experiential Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample Work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Faculty Development: Software and Structure </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sample ePortfolios <ul><li>Downloaded: Marisela Camano </li></ul><ul><li>Live: La ís Colombo </li></ul>
  8. 8. Assessment of the First Semester <ul><li>24 sections of LEH100 asked to perform 5 specific tasks: profile photo, self-introduction, résumé, writing sample, completed LRAP </li></ul><ul><li>55% of the sections utilized the ePortfolios in some way, but only 35% of the students did </li></ul><ul><li>Participation ranged from intermittent to steady with several achieving 100% compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Feature clash: Blackboard was often used for assigning and collecting writing samples, group work, discussion, which tasks can also be done in the ePortfolio. </li></ul>

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