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Portfolios and Pedagogy


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Portfolios and Pedagogy

  1. 1. Portfolios and Pedagogy A Faculty Share and Care Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D. Graduate School of Education Northeastern University College of Professional Studies
  2. 2. Today • ePortfolios: What They Are • Pedagogies Supported by ePortfolios • Examples from My Practice • National Resources
  3. 3. But First … Student Voices TAMARA D. ―It was an opportunity to integrate my personality with my education, a space where I could gather my thoughts and memorialize them. The process of entering that information reinforced what I learned and enhanced my ability to reflect on my experience. I had a place to contain my knowledge that sometimes, honestly, can escape me!‖
  4. 4. But First … Student Voices KATHERINE V. ―I really took into consideration the great feedback and useful comments on how to make my portfolio better … it reassured me that I am equipped and capable of succeeding in this program.‖
  5. 5. But First … Student Voices MIKE W. ―I am very pleased with my group project results — even more so that we could take the module we developed and, with very little tweaking, put it to use in our own settings. … I have an opportunity to play a pivotal role in redefining education at my workplace. I’m very grateful for the knowledge I received and the two colleagues and Professor who helped shape my knowledge in this area.‖
  6. 6. But First … Student Voices ANGELICA R. ―I found encouraging professors who push you to think beyond, to dream, and to design ways to put that dream into action. You feel inspired to research on your own and to create real work. You discover that change can really happen and that together we can build a better future for education.‖
  7. 7. But First … Student Voices STEPHANIE H. ―I am able to share my learning in a colorful, creative way. This format allows me to bring words to life, allowing my reader to see inside my journey and not just words on a paper … Some images and videos I chose to include convey meanings that are otherwise hard to capture. Through my voice you hear my passion and purpose for my work.‖
  8. 8. What is an ePortfolio? Portfolio purposeful collection + student work + reflection (Paulson, F.L. Paulson, P.R. and Meyer, 1991) ePortfolio = all of the above … + web-based + multiple formats and media + links, non-linear pathways + capacity to share with a larger audience (Polklop, 2013) 8
  9. 9. CPS uses Digication and all can access it at
  10. 10. M.Ed. Program’s ePortfolio Context • Foundational Courses Across the Program – Education as an Advanced Field of Study – Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence – Capstone • Sequenced Courses within Each Concentration – – – – Higher Education Administration eLearning and Instructional Design (emphasizes online/mobile) Learning and Instruction (emphasizes k-12) Special Education • Signature Assignments in Each Course – Authentic Work Designed to Evidence Program Outcomes – Students Incorporate SAs into ePortfolio, Polish in the Capstone
  11. 11. Examples from My Practice 11
  12. 12. In My Experience, ePortfolio Pedagogies … • Help Make Thinking Visible • Personalize & Increase the Transparency of Expectations for Learning • Accumulate, Connect, and Extend Learning 12
  13. 13. Visible Thinking ―I look forward to revisiting this later in the program to see how I have evolved in my thinking about learning.‖
  14. 14. Personalized & Transparent Expectations ―I am at a changing point in my career … I am now leading the team to move our corporate learning models to online learning modalities … Although this is an exciting project, this also is a time where I need to consider my next professional steps.‖ + Professional Learning Plan
  15. 15. Accumulate, Connect, & Extend Learning
  16. 16. Publications 16
  17. 17. Organizations
  18. 18. C2L Proposition: eP Intensive Course Use • Advances Student Success • Supports Reflection, Social Pedagogy and Deep Learning • Catalyzes Learning-Centered Institutional Change 20
  19. 19. ePortfolio Evidence Improvement Correlation
  20. 20. ePortfolio Evidence Intensifier Effect 22
  21. 21. 220 More Case Studies and Practices Available Online