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    • Using social media for ePortfolios
      Dr. Stella Porto
      Master of Distance Education & E-LearningGraduate School of Management & TechnologyUniversity of Maryland University College
    • Agenda
      Introduction
      ePortfolios defined
      Background & context
      Eportfolios in the MDE
      Challenges & Issues: technology
      Social media impact
      Challenges & Issues: management
      Support
      Examples
      Future
      Final remarks
    • ePortfolios defined
    • 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.
    • Background: the MDE
    • 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
      FacultySupport
      Media & technology
      DistanceEducation
      Potential managers of the DE enterprise
      Entirely online for part-time working adults
      International
      Collaborative
      InstructionDesign &Support
      HigherEducation
      Leaders &Managers
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:Goals & process
      Development Process
      • Students' journeys and growth in the DE field
      • The MDE ePortfolio will:
      • Portray students’ qualifications
      • Demonstrate students’ knowledge and skills in a variety of DE contexts.
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:Earlier Challenges
      Before
      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
      Financially
      Personnel
      Specific environment/platform
      Creating tutorials, supporting materials
    • 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
      Financially
      Personnel
      Specific environment/platform
      Creating tutorials, supporting materials
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:Issues
      Institutional involvement can have unintended consequences.
      Faculty and administrators might define too tight a framework
      Ownership
      “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.
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:the closed institutional approach
      Institutional control
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:and Open approach
      Personal control
    • Social media impact:OLD an new - Walti’sePortfolio
      http://info.umuc.edu/mde/Portfolios/cwalti/default.htm
    • Social media impact:Old an NEW - Walti’sePortfolio
      http://sammelsurium.weebly.com/
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:Further managerial challenges
      • ePortfolios must be promoted in a programmatic way
      • Help students understand the nature of the activity
      • Students need to be proactive and disciplined
      • 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
    • ePortfolios: Examples
      sporto.wordpress.com
      www.epsilen.com/sporto
    • ePortfolios: Examples
      www.netvibes.com/stellaporto
      umuc.academia.edu/StellaPorto
    • 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…
    • 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
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:Support
      • Promoting the use oflearning journals
      • MDE student lounge
      • Continuous support: answering students questions
      • No prescribed or suggested activities
      • Creation of theePortfoliotutorial
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:Support - Rubric
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:Support - Wiki
      mdecapstone.pbworks.com
    • ePortfolios in the MDE:Support - Orientation
    • 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?
    • Learning lessons…
      • The need for continuous support at the program level
      • Enhancing the inter- relationship within the curriculum
    • Learning lessons…
      • Social media can provide enormous support
      • Making ePortfolios important for professional development and career planning
    • Thank you!
      Questions? Presentation is available @ slideshare.net
      Contact: sporto@umuc.edu