FYI, LRAP, and the ePortfolio Applying Long Range Academic Planning in the Freshman Year Initiative Rob Whittaker February 10, 2012
The Setting: Freshman Year Initiative and the Freshman Seminar
FYI at Lehman consists of learning communities for all first time full-time freshmen
All incoming freshmen are block scheduled: English, mathematics, Freshman Seminar, and two Gen Ed courses depending on the block theme
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.
introduce students to the concept, history, and development of the liberal arts
introduce students to the specific degree requirement at Lehman College
improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills
improve information literacy and library research skills
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.
To develop the skills of planning academic programs in preparation for creating specific course schedules in subsequent semesters.
To introduce students to the dimensions of campus life at the College, including academic and student services, extra-curricular activities, etc..
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.
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.
Long Range Academic Planning
LRAP projects student programs through to the major and beyond: 4 semesters at least
Origins in a Title V Grant on Academic Advising: LRAP Booklet
Knowledge of the Gen Ed curriculum, majors, support services
Techniques for integrating support services into academic goals and learning objectives: sample project
Advising: The Advantages of the ePortfolio
Using Blackboard in the Freshman Seminar
Materials resource, submit written assignments, interactive discussion
Grading, course management and communication
Limited life-span: one semester
Using ePortfolios in addition to Blackboard
Personalized layout and materials, in addition to resource
Life-span of several semesters
Freshman Seminar ePortfolio Template
Template Provided for all Freshman Seminar Students:
My Academic Record & Advising
My Lehman Credits/Requirements
Résumé & Career Goals
My Major Plans & My Minor Plans
My Honors/Study Abroad/Experiential Learning
Faculty Development: Software and Structure
Downloaded: Marisela Camano
Live: La ís Colombo
Assessment of the First Semester
24 sections of LEH100 asked to perform 5 specific tasks: profile photo, self-introduction, résumé, writing sample, completed LRAP
55% of the sections utilized the ePortfolios in some way, but only 35% of the students did
Participation ranged from intermittent to steady with several achieving 100% compliance
Feature clash: Blackboard was often used for assigning and collecting writing samples, group work, discussion, which tasks can also be done in the ePortfolio.