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CIS Presentation on Eportfolios (by Walter's Angels)

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  1. 1. Eportfolios Joyce Tse, Jessica Yin, Walter Zielkowski, Katie Alarcon, Sharon Song
  2. 2. <ul><li>An online collection of your academic work based on Wordpress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Essays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul></ul>What is it?
  3. 3. Let’s take a look at what it is…
  4. 4. What is it? <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary Class Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendly discussion and networking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay connected to your peers in special interest groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.x. through clubs, societies, class groups </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Role in the Classroom <ul><li>Used as an overall assessment for students, teachers, and institution </li></ul><ul><li>An alternative to paper-based classroom portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Main instrument used in an online class environment </li></ul>
  6. 6. Role in the Classroom: Students <ul><li>Collect and reflect on self work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage work in an organized setting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Showcase achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with other students and professors: effective communication and networking tool </li></ul><ul><li>Allow assessments and comments from outside classroom </li></ul>
  7. 7. Role in the Classroom: Instructor <ul><li>Ability to review individual student work in an organized manner </li></ul><ul><li>Comment and score students’ work outline </li></ul><ul><li>Better communication with students and more precise assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Create joint projects with other instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Effective way to show the outside world what the class was doing </li></ul>
  8. 8. Role in the Classroom: Overall Institution <ul><li>Collect students’ work for outcome assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Generate reports based on overall progress found in various ePortfolios used in the institutional setting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Export raw data for further analysis on both students and teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improve institution's reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Create a network for its students </li></ul>
  9. 9. Role in the Classroom: Examples <ul><li>Cultural Encounters: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professor Roslyn’s Bernstein’s course blog for the “Arts in NYC” seminar, with art reviews, student projects, class discussion, and lots of comments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Honors Thesis Colloquium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professor Lee Quinby’s course blog for the Honors Thesis Colloquium. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online Course: Alternate Worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Possible CIS Course </li></ul>
  10. 10. Role in Other Settings: Continuing Professional Development <ul><li>Use to document ongoing professional growth in a field and support in continuing education </li></ul><ul><li>Network with past colleagues and create new connections with updates </li></ul>
  11. 11. Role in Other Settings: Within an Organization <ul><li>Blog updates among colleagues within a business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow management to keep track of ongoings within the organization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Announce news and updates to the public </li></ul><ul><li>Examples to be used in educational settings in other ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Service </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Role in Other Settings: Resume/Job Search <ul><li>Used as an online portfolio to showcase work, skills, experience, background information to future potential employers through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing samples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Used as a record of self-accomplishment </li></ul>
  13. 13. Role in Other Settings: Personal Blog <ul><li>Personal blog with the Wordpress platform </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every day life blogging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Study Abroad </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom-related updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job-related issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Network with people with similar interests </li></ul><ul><li>Express personal opinions within an own personal online space with privacy settings </li></ul>
  14. 14. A Word with Dr. Ugoretz <ul><li>Director of technology at Macaulay Honors College </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitors eportfolio system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researches new pug-ins to allow students to upload various media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compared to other similar platforms (OSPI, Digication, John Hopkins eportfolios, Epsilen) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Future developments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Addition of live “newsfeed” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New default theme </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Introduced ITFs (Information Technology Fellows) </li></ul>“ Eportfolios went beyond my expectations. Professors started to use them in the classroom as well! ” – Dr. Joseph Ugoretz
  15. 15. Advantages vs. Disadvantages <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Paperless = environmentally friendly </li></ul><ul><li>No worries of losing or misplacing files </li></ul><ul><li>Better interface than Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Can have additional plug-ins for further enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Simple platform = easily accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for privacy settings </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Restricted to Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Reliance on computers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning curve, requires more technical knowledge in order to start running smoothly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Additional plug-ins are required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information is exposed to the world if no privacy settings are set </li></ul><ul><li>Compatibility issues with different browsers & operating systems </li></ul><ul><li>Expense of online storage </li></ul>
  16. 16. Suggestions/Improvements <ul><li>Better marketing in educational settings (more word-of-mouth) </li></ul><ul><li>Better and more prominent interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attractive design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User-friendly (plug-ins) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Add and promote more features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specifically for educational purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linking to email updates and other sites, i.e. Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New online campus </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Future Outlook <ul><li>An alternative to Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Communication between students outside of classroom setting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Life, student clubs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use for administrative purposes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Offices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online community expanding beyond college years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More professional way of networking </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. End. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>