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ePorfolio selection, and pilot outcomes (ACU)

ePorfolio selection, and pilot outcomes (ACU)



Rebecca Wilson, Project Manager, Australian Catholic University ...

Rebecca Wilson, Project Manager, Australian Catholic University
ACU required an ePortfolio solution for accreditation, embedding graduate attributes, and to provide a repository for Students and Academic staff’s electronic artefacts. The presentation will provide an overview of the selection criteria, evaluation of products, Desire2Learn implementation experiences, and pilot outcomes.



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    ePorfolio selection, and pilot outcomes (ACU) ePorfolio selection, and pilot outcomes (ACU) Presentation Transcript

    • Rebecca Wilson
      Project Manager
      25 June 2010
      ACU ePortfolio Project
    • Definition
      A purposeful collection of information and digital artefacts that demonstrates development or evidences learning outcomes, skills or competenciesAn electronic tool that helps you successfully achieve your goals by better understanding yourself and receiving valuable feedback from others
    • Project Overview
      Why we
      did it
      and Review
      Evaluation stage
      Selection criteria
    • Why we did it
      • Desire to extend the online learning systems to include a personallearning space
      • Curriculum requirement for certain faculties
      • Aid with transition from learning to working environments
      • Provide students with an ePortfolio for life
    • Project Sponsor
      Paul Campbell, Director of IT
      Project Steering Committee
      Dean of EducationAssociate Dean of Health SciencesExecutive Manager, Office of Student SuccessDirector, Learning and TeachingDirector of IT
      Project Working Group
      Project ManagerDirector of ITAssociate Dean EducationeLearning Coordinators (Education, Health Sciences)LecturersManager, ACUOnline (support and training)Library representativeOffice of Student SuccessIT Client Services
      Monthly meetings
      Weekly meetings
      Project Teams
    • Scope of the Project
    • Selection Criteria
      • Easy to use, web-based
      • Ability to present in a multi-pagewebsite
      • Store a wide range of digital artefacts, reflections and presentations
      • Able to personalise and customisepresentations
      • Ability to communicate with and assess student portfolios – to be adopted as a choice by lecturers
      • Students able to flag content using the University’s approved attributes
      • Flexible file size and storage limits
      • Ability to statistically report on ePortfoliouse
      • Sustainable after graduation
      • Integration with LMS for marks, assessments, artefacts
    • Pebblepad
      • UK based with AUS rep
      • Rate against graduate attributes, and self made attributes
      • Customisable presentations
      • Wizard-like system
      • Interface is childlike
      • Flash technology and potential issues on different platforms in use
      • Relatively inexpensive solution
      • Good community base
      • Unable to create multipage views
      • Limited theme design and customisation by student
      • Unable to rate against graduate attributes
      Product selection
      • Canada based with AUS rep
      • Web-based, platform independent
      • Simple interface for data input
      • Able to customise and personalise presentations
      • Management of graduate attributes
      • Not previously in use at Australian universities
      • Australia based
      • Aligned with an existing project at ACU
      • Good resume building tool
      • No theme design or customisation by student, difficult to manage content
      • Poor tracking of experiences and reflections
    • Graduate Attributes
    • Desire2Learn Competencies
      Graduate attributes created as
      Learning Objectives
      Activities can be created under each Learning Objective
      Activity results can
      be measured
    • Implementation
      October 2009
      November 2009
      December 2009
      January 2010
      • Train the Trainer sessions
      • eLearning Coordinators, IT staff, Learning and Teaching staff
      • Students and academics provided with online self-paced tutorials and documentation
      • Academics trained by their faculty eLearning Coordinators
    • Review process has just commenced
      Initial statistics:
      Mid Pilot Review
    • Feedback
      …taken to the assignment tasks like “ducks to water” and I have not heard one complaint from any of them. I find all this student activity quite amazing…
      Student motivation to learn and self assess has improved. They are learning more independently.
      The immediate benefit that I experienced with Desire2Learn was the paperless assessments. Being able to access students work from home without have to take it home was great. A definite time saver.
      There have been no problems reported to me by staff or students associated with not understanding how to use the software…
      Problems were related to equipment and space, the usual problems…
      Initial problems with students not accessing ePortfolio– this was improved with the addition of formative assessment/class activities built around ePortfolio
      Some anxiety around using ePortfolios. Resolved with regular small training bite sessions.
      • Coordinating with LMS project
      • Involvement of faculty staff
      • Keep up the momentum
      • Support resources
      Lessons Learnt
    • Thank you