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
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.
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
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
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
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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: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?