“Critics say online education is really driven by a desire to spend less on teachers and buildings, especially as state and local budget crises force deep cuts to education.”Gabriel, Trip. "More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality”. The New YorkTimes. 5 April 2011. Web
Obstacles of the Online Classroom• Verifying authenticity of student work• Building a community between instructors and students, and among other students
How can we ensure a qualityonline learning experience for students?
What is an ePortfolio?• online collection of work designed for an audience• Incorporates various forms of media: files, images, videos, RSS feeds, blogs and more!• Collect, select, reflect
The ePortfolio Solution• Provide a way to get to know a student’s “voice”, thus enabling the instructor to better detect plagiarism• Reflections and artifacts give a deeper look into the student as a whole
Case Study 1Course Goals: – To increase technological literacy in terms of applications to the counseling profession. – To learn about emerging technologies and the usefulness to counseling clients, as well as potential ethical and legal challenges such as privacy and identity. – To create a technology plan for a counseling practice in the students area of interest.
Counseling 2.0 ePortfolio Application Students posted their technology plans on ePortfolio as part of their final grades (20% of overall grade)
Case Study 2: Homeland Security Masters Project• An assessment of the student learning experience• Consists of 12 chapters, one for each course• Collection of lessons learned during the program• Reflects new knowledge as it relates to leading/managing
Homeland Security ePortfolio Application• Created customized template for students to post their chapters, and ultimately, their final thesis
Why Should Faculty Develop ePortfolios• Collect their own Artifacts to share with selected audiences – students, peers, etc.• Allow students to learn and appreciate their background, research and/or professional practices