The Tracking E Portfolio Iupui 2009


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The Tracking E Portfolio Iupui 2009

  1. 1. The Tracking ePortfolio: Serving Students, Program, and Institution Mary Bold, Ph.D., CFLE Paula Ann Hughes, Ph.D. Carol Kominski, Ph.D. [email_address]
  2. 2. Mary has no friends Facebook … where students are most expressive and an example of universal eportfolio!
  3. 3. <ul><li>Genuinely helpful for students </li></ul><ul><li>Something they can “take with” </li></ul><ul><li>… And something that helps to develop ongoing and systematic assessment of student learning outcomes. </li></ul>Premise for ePortfolio
  4. 4. What Business & Econ at TWU have: <ul><li>Six Learning Goals articulated in their Graduate & Undergraduate Program Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Many syllabi (64UG, 31G) with </li></ul><ul><li>about 65 in use at a time, most of them for multiple course sections </li></ul><ul><li>A high profile online EMBA (n=850) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Plan educational programs </li></ul><ul><li>Document knowledge, skills…. </li></ul><ul><li>Track development within program </li></ul><ul><li>Find a job </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate a course </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and evaluate performance </li></ul>Lorenzo and Ittelson (2005): Six Functions 
  6. 6. <ul><li>Showcase Organized after elements have been created </li></ul><ul><li>Structured </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization is pre-defined </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Organization evolves as works are created </li></ul>Greenberg (2004): Three Types 
  7. 7. Although seemingly a small matter, Batson says we can drop the &quot;e&quot; from ePortfolio because of the widespread use of digital methods. Our experience is that the “e” is still debated in some areas. Batson (2008): On the matter of the “e”
  8. 8. The Able Portfolio Exportable Expandable Amendable Archivable Fundable Updatable Improvable … some givens are that it will be:
  9. 9. Expectations for Portfolio Reports Linkages Privacy options Formative feedback Summative endpoints … we wanted features such as: Luckily, the adopted platform fit.
  10. 10. <ul><li>Student Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>including job search preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Program Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>including retention strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Effectiveness including evaluation of tools </li></ul>Three-Pronged Approach
  11. 11. <ul><li>Appropriate to Student Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of learning </li></ul><ul><li>ePortfolio shows progress across time </li></ul><ul><li>Use of technology for self-presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Support Mechanisms </li></ul><ul><li>2-year paid TaskStream subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>ePortfolio Coaches (part-time employees) </li></ul><ul><li>Guides published in LMS (Blackboard) </li></ul>Student Professional Development
  12. 12. <ul><li>Course-embedded Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Aligned with student learning outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient grading and data collection </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal for a tracking portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>National Instruments </li></ul><ul><li>EBI (both grad and undergrad) </li></ul><ul><li>ETS Field Test (undergrad) </li></ul><ul><li>GPI: Global Perspectives Inventory (both) </li></ul>Program Assessment
  13. 13. <ul><li>Uses of ePortfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized as authentic assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Growth is 3X in past 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Use extends to accreditation reports </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Rubric for Assessing the Use of Portfolios for Assessing Program Learning, published by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2008 </li></ul>Institutional Effectiveness
  14. 14. Institutional Effectiveness System Program Portfolio Course Portfolio Tracking Portfolio Faculty Portfolio Field Experience Student Portfolio Student Portfolio Student Portfolio Internship Portfolio Internship Portfolio College Department Discipline TWU: Connections Among ePortfolios Thematic Portfolio Student Portfolio Student Portfolio Student Portfolio
  15. 15. University of Texas at Dallas Portfolio Blog commentary . . . Their own online game . . ..
  16. 16. Graduate Tracking ePortfolio
  17. 17. Contrasting approach for the UG program is a thematic portfolio on sustainability © 2008 TWU School of Management
  18. 18. Tracking Features of the Software
  19. 20. Tracking an Individual Student
  20. 21. Drilling Down to the Particulars
  21. 22. <ul><li>Howell, Williams, & Lindsay (2003): </li></ul><ul><li>break out the tasks of class management </li></ul><ul><li>a trend in online education </li></ul><ul><li>as faculty roles are redefined </li></ul><ul><li>How the program unbundled: </li></ul><ul><li>ePortfolio Coaches (Master’s-prepared) </li></ul><ul><li>experienced in TaskStream software </li></ul><ul><li>working with 150 students at quarter-time </li></ul>Unbundling the Work
  22. 23. Lauri Mani Erin Spot your friendly ePortfolio Coaches Their fan mail:
  23. 24. <ul><ul><li>Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE EMAIL bold @ BLOG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SKYPE marybold ask me for my vOffice address </li></ul></ul>Thank you for coming today!
  24. 25. Batson, T. (2008, October).The institutional path for change in this age: Andragogy, not pedagogy. Campus Technology, 10/8/2008, [Accessed 2/3/2009] Greenberg, G. (2004, July/August). The digital convergence: Extending the portfolio model. EDUCAUSE Review, 31. Howell, S. L., Williams, P. B., & Lindsay, N. K. (2003). Thirty-two trends affecting distance education: An informed foundation for strategic planning. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 6 (3). Lorenzo, G., & Ittelson, J. (2005). An overview of institutional e-portfolios. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, ELI Paper 2:2005, 8. WASC (2008). Rubric for assessing the use of portfolios for assessing program learning. Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Available: [Accessed 3/3/2009]