Portfolio Community of Practice at UBC

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Portfolio Community of Practice at UBC

  1. 1. UBC Portfolio Community of Practice Highlighting the history and current initiatives within the Community of Practice <ul><ul><li>Roselynn Verwoord, Community of Practice Developer – Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catherine Paul, Community of Practice Facilitator – Office of Learning Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anne Scholefield, Coordinator, Special Programs – Teacher Education Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cathryn Jackson, Instructor, Nursing </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Brief History of Portfolios @ UBC <ul><ul><li>A 3-year campus-wide initiative 2003-2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TLEF funded (Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>investigated the pedagogical benefits & resource implications of implementing e-portfolios for multiple purposes & contexts (course, program, personal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>13 projects from multiple disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2000 students, 91 instructors and 37 staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>strong community of practice (CoP) in parallel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>informal CoP activities from 2006 – 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>revitalized community of practice 2009 – present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 dedicated CoP coordinators, working collaboratively </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Community of Practice? <ul><ul><li>“ Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” Etienne Wenger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A CoP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>empowers individuals and groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provides opportunities to work collaboratively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>connects people working on similar projects </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. ePortfolio Successes at UBC <ul><ul><li>cross-faculty collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research component </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>engaged different areas of academic environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encouraged informal learning spaces for students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>deep learning </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. ePortfolio Challenges at UBC <ul><ul><li>technology (no one size fits all!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sustained support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>add-on rather than integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increased workload for instructors and students </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. What our CoP looks like, and aspires to be <ul><ul><li>currently reviving the Portfolio Community of Practice, a collaborative coordination effort (Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth & Office of Learning Technology) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regular meetings; highlighting work members are doing; opportunities for networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collecting stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborating on workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>developing and sharing resources through a new online space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>connect people working on similar projects </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Sustaining community <ul><ul><li>Figure: Cambridge, et al (2005) components that make up the iterative ‘rhythm’ of a community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>foster collaborative projects; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>send people to events; builds prestige and encourages these members to give back to community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>don’t forget the important role of coordinator </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Resources <ul><ul><li>**New online presence currently under construction! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogs.ubc.ca/portfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General UBC ePortfolio info </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>https://www.elearning.ubc.ca - click on ePortfolio </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archives of 2003-2006 pilot project: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CoP blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogs.ubc.ca/eportfolios/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Info about specific projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogs.ubc.ca/projectportfolio/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Portfolios: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://tag.ubc.ca/resources/selected-teaching-learning-topics/teaching-portfolios-2/ </li></ul></ul></ul>

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