The concept was good, but the vehicle
had become outmoded…
Manhattanville has had a long history
of portfolio-based education…
but we needed a new “envelope” with
which to engage 21st century learners.
For Manhattanville, the question was:
Why add the “e” to Portfolio?
Amplifies existing portfolio pedagogy
Students live in the 21st century digital culture
Supports development of academic identity and presentation
Enhances opportunities for creative expression
Lends itself to peer review and collaboration
Has multimedia capabilities
Allows for greater connectivity and integration across
Encourages lifelong and lifewide learning opportunities
Facilitates programmatic and institutional assessment
Is portable and accessible
Fosters Technology Competency
A Good Plan = Success!
– Vendor presentations
– Communications with Faculty and Committees
• Digication was selected as our eP
A Good Plan = Success!
• eP platform implementation
• Begin faculty development for eP (focus on Education and FYP)
using Teaching and Learning Circles (TLCs). This includes:
– ePortfolio pedagogy
– ePortfolio design & construction
– Course planning and template building with ePortfolio
• Begin ePortfolio Intern training
• Continue attendance at Making Connections seminar for design
and development of full scale implementation and evaluation plan
– LaGCC visit to Mville campus
• Develop curriculum for “Intro to ePortfolio” Workshops to cultivate
knowledge and interest in eP
Teaching and Learning Circles (TLCs) were formed, with fourteen faculty
members in the first cohort; each TLC, led by two eP team members, met for
four 90 minute sessions. We discussed pedagogy and built our first
Participants in the TLCs created a variety of ePortfolios—personal, course
and program, including for the Pre-med Committee, the Castle Scholars
Honors Program and the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.
One faculty member created a site
for use with student teachers.
In the last session of the TLCs, faculty participants showed how they plan to
use ePortfolio in a course during the coming semester and received
feedback and ideas from other group members.
We also trained our first group of eTerns, who participated in the TLC
activities. One, Joe Horton (at right), had his ePortfolio selected for
presentation in the Making Connections Student Showcase.
Despite the loss of
several key staff
members in our IT
Technologist, we were
able to carry on and
meet our goals with
support from Making
There were hiccups….
The visit by the team from
generated a lot of
campus leaders in areas
such as First-Year
Education, the Academic
Policy Committee and the
Board on Academic
….and lots of support!
planned implementation of ePs in FYP in the Fall of 2011
on-going faculty development in ePortfolio and the use of ePs in
successful application for the Connect to Learning grant!