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  • 1. Using social media for ePortfolios
    Dr. Stella Porto
    Master of Distance Education & E-LearningGraduate School of Management & TechnologyUniversity of Maryland University College
  • 2. Agenda
    ePortfolios defined
    Background & context
    Eportfolios in the MDE
    Challenges & Issues: technology
    Social media impact
    Challenges & Issues: management
    Final remarks
  • 3. ePortfolios defined
  • 4. ePortfolio defined
    Electronic version of portfolios
    Collection of artifacts in different digital media;
    Serves the purpose of
    Assessment of competencies, skills and knowledge;
    Showcase and evidence abilities and achievements in specific areas; and
    Promote reflection of one's development and learning.
  • 5. Background: the MDE
  • 6. Context:The program
    The MDE focus on developing managers and leaders in the areas of e-learning & distance education within different settings, including: K-12, higher-education, corporate, non-profits, government and military.
    CorporateTraining &Learning
    Our mission is our means and our means is our mission
    Media & technology
    Potential managers of the DE enterprise
    Entirely online for part-time working adults
    InstructionDesign &Support
    Leaders &Managers
  • 7. ePortfolios in the MDE:Goals & process
    Development Process
    • Students' journeys and growth in the DE field
    • 8. The MDE ePortfolio will:
    • 9. Portray students’ qualifications
    • 10. Demonstrate students’ knowledge and skills in a variety of DE contexts.
  • ePortfolios in the MDE:Earlier Challenges
    Possible answers
    Students spent significant amount of time learning the technology
    Instructors were not savvy enough
    Storage was done through an ‘ftp’ interface to a common server
    Limited time
    Student would have to transport the website somewhere else
    Development using ‘Dreamweaver’ type software
    Not technical support available for development
    Institutional support
    Specific environment/platform
    Creating tutorials, supporting materials
  • 11. ePortfolios in the MDE:Earlier Challenges
    Possible answers
    Why these didn’t/don’t work
    Institution not committed to an ePortfolio philosophy
    MDE is the exception
    Such answers go against the MDE ePortfolio philosophy and goals
    Institutional support
    Specific environment/platform
    Creating tutorials, supporting materials
  • 12. ePortfolios in the MDE:Issues
    Institutional involvement can have unintended consequences.
    Faculty and administrators might define too tight a framework
    “Conundrum between student ownership, interoperability and the continuous use of ePortfolios beyond the program.”
    Web 2.0 tools
    web users are now at the helm when it comes to generating, storing and sharing content.
  • 13. ePortfolios in the MDE:the closed institutional approach
    Institutional control
  • 14. ePortfolios in the MDE:and Open approach
    Personal control
  • 15. Social media impact:OLD an new - Walti’sePortfolio
  • 16. Social media impact:Old an NEW - Walti’sePortfolio
  • 17. ePortfolios in the MDE:Further managerial challenges
    • ePortfolios must be promoted in a programmatic way
    • 18. Help students understand the nature of the activity
    • 19. Students need to be proactive and disciplined
    • 20. Need for institutional support
    Continuous activity vs. activity allotted in the end of the program
    Students overwhelmed and underprepared
    Need for constant attention and work from the learners throughout the program.
    Focus is on current courses
  • 21. ePortfolios: Examples
  • 22. ePortfolios: Examples
  • 23. Do I have more time?
    If I have time, I’ll talk about the support structure we created for students.
    If not jump to slide 24…
  • 24. ePortfolios in the MDE:Support
    Action research initiative undertaken within the program (A series of consecutive, iterative steps to identify and enhance support to students)
    The use of Web 2.0 tools has been ingrained in this process
    Web-based tutorials;
    Creating and maintaining a learning journal in at least one course in the program;
    A one-week online orientation; and
    An ePortfolio wiki that is always available
  • 25. ePortfolios in the MDE:Support
    • Promoting the use oflearning journals
    • 26. MDE student lounge
    • 27. Continuous support: answering students questions
    • 28. No prescribed or suggested activities
    • 29. Creation of theePortfoliotutorial
  • ePortfolios in the MDE:Support - Rubric
  • 30. ePortfolios in the MDE:Support - Wiki
  • 31. ePortfolios in the MDE:Support - Orientation
  • 32. ePortfolios in the MDE:Future
    Protecting ownership and authenticity
    Copyright policies for all the posted work
    Vertical study following up with students and how they continue to use their ePortfolios
    How to make it useful after the program?
    Outcomes assessment ties into the program
    Commentary/feedback from selected faculty/experts
    Enhance reflective aspects
    Institutional support viable?
  • 33. Learning lessons…
    • The need for continuous support at the program level
    • 34. Enhancing the inter- relationship within the curriculum
  • Learning lessons…
    • Social media can provide enormous support
    • 35. Making ePortfolios important for professional development and career planning
  • Thank you!
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