Building the ePortfolio City in Augusta, Arkansas


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  • Building the ePortfolio City in Augusta, Arkansas

    1. 1. Building the Eportfolio City in Augusta, AR Darren Cambridge ePortfolio 2010, London July 6, 2010
    2. 2. What is a portfolio? <ul><li>Collection of authentic evidence </li></ul><ul><li>On which the author has reflected </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesizes and communicates what the author has done, can do, and hope to do in the future </li></ul><ul><li>In relationship to a shared conceptual framework </li></ul>
    3. 3. Augusta Community Literacy Advocacy Project <ul><li>Partnership with University of Arkansas </li></ul><ul><li>Local full time local advocate </li></ul><ul><li>Based in White River Rural Health Center </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple sponsors (Brandt, 2001) : Programs distributed throughout local institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Churches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctors’ and dentist’s offices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Civic communion (Procter, 2005) : Community celebrations </li></ul><ul><li>From 3 to 33 graduating high school seniors entering higher education in two years </li></ul>
    4. 4. Controlling Metaphor: Museum
    5. 5. Controlling analogy: NMAI
    6. 6. Social software
    7. 7. Goals of the Augusta Portfolio <ul><li>Make visible to the world the impressive reading and writing of the people of Augusta </li></ul><ul><li>Spark conversations about Augusta’s heritage, achievements, and future </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an online place to conduct and share such conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Help people in Augusta develop 21 st century literacies </li></ul>
    8. 8. Three layers <ul><li>Exhibits – Designed by readers and writers in Augusta with the assistance of media experts </li></ul><ul><li>Collective reflections – Results of discussions using the portfolio as a conversation piece </li></ul><ul><li>Individual contributions and reflection – additions to and online conversations about exhibits and collective reflections </li></ul>
    9. 10. Analogous Tensions Heritage History Resilience Critical reflection Fidelity Accessibility Activity Persistence
    10. 11. The Reviews Unscholarly! Random! Sales booths! Trade show! Responsibility!
    11. 12. Heritage | History <ul><li>History tells all who will listen what has happened and how things came to be as they are. Heritage passes on exclusive myths of origin and continuance, endowing a select group with prestige and common purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>--David Lowenthall </li></ul>
    12. 14. Contextualizing Failure in E-portfolios <ul><li>We all fail sometimes. Even with carefully established goals and conscientiously executed work, we do not meet the goals because of any number of circumstances. Yet we set up systems that condemn students, faculty members, and institutions for not meeting goals. Portfolios can be part of such systems if we choose to include in them only those pieces of evidence that bear good news. … Although we know that learning can and often does occur at times of dissonance or moments of difficulty, we look there not for the learning but for the problems. </li></ul><ul><li>--Barbara Cambridge </li></ul>
    13. 15. Resilience | Critical Reflection <ul><li>“ Survivance” (Vizenor) </li></ul><ul><li>Gold, Guns, and God </li></ul><ul><li>Abstraction </li></ul><ul><li>“ Genocide” </li></ul><ul><li>Intentional and explicit government policy </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Indian Movement </li></ul></ul>
    14. 16. Resilience | Critical Reflection <ul><li>From 3 graduates going to college to 33 in two years </li></ul><ul><li>Rich narratives of identity and personal history </li></ul><ul><li>Globalization </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-labor policies </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy of segregation </li></ul>
    15. 17. Activity | Persistence <ul><li>Interpreters </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural events </li></ul><ul><li>Space as contact zone </li></ul><ul><li>The museum is the exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Ephemeral </li></ul>
    16. 18. Activity | Persistence <ul><li>Community reflection events </li></ul><ul><li>Social software capabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gallery on National Gallery of Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Protopubic Spaces (Eberly, 2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Middle Spaces (Bass and Bernstein, 2008) </li></ul>
    17. 19. Community Photography
    18. 20. Community Reflection Civic communion
    19. 21. Digital Storytelling
    20. 22. Community Reflection Civic communion
    21. 24. <ul><li>Published by Stylus, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>R. Rice & K. Willis (Eds.). (Forthcoming). ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios in Public Workplaces . West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> (slides here) </li></ul>Available from Jossey-Bass November 2010
    22. 25. [email_address]