A New Path to Online Learning: ePortfolios at Bronx  Community College<br />Howard Wach <br />Office of Instructional Tech...
<ul><li>What Can ePortfolios Bring to Online Learning for Students?</li></ul>For students, an online context for:<br />Lea...
What Can ePortfolios Bring to Online Teaching for Faculty?<br />For faculty, an online context for:<br />Interdisciplinari...
And for institutions…<br />…ePortfolios can provide the architecture of assessment:<br />An online archive of student work...
Where Did We Begin?The Pilot Program, Fall 2008<br />Participation in the LaGuardia ePortfolio Seminar, 2007-2008<br />Det...
Where Did We Begin?The Pilot Program, Fall 2008<br /><ul><li>Selecting Faculty. Our criteria:</li></ul>Technology friendly...
Where Did We Begin?The Pilot Program, Fall 2008<br />IT integration. Our needs:<br />Programming:<br />Login procedure<br ...
How Did We Start?January 2009<br /><ul><li>Faculty Development</li></ul>Introductory meeting – late Fall 2008<br /><ul><li...
Course development guidelines</li></ul>January 2009 coordination meeting<br /><ul><li>Hands on software training
Learning objectives and ePortfolio integration
Assessment objectives – General Education, program specific accreditation
Course Scheduling Coordination</li></ul>Office of the Registrar<br />Honors courses and the cancellation challenge<br />
How Did We Start?February 2009 – Semester Begins<br />Activating Student Accounts<br />IT – Roster transfer activation<br ...
How Did We Start?February 2009 – Semester Begins<br />Student Training<br />1 hour introductory sessions<br />Scheduling w...
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This is a presentation for the Sloan-C Conference on Online Learning. It outlines the steps we've taken--and the challenges we've faced--creating an ePortfolio program at Bronx Community College, CUNY.

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A New Path To Online Learning Final

  1. 1. A New Path to Online Learning: ePortfolios at Bronx Community College<br />Howard Wach <br />Office of Instructional Technology<br />howard.wach@bcc.cuny.edu<br />JordiGetman-Eraso<br />Honors Program<br />Jordi.getman@bcc.cuny.edu<br />15th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning<br />October 30, 2009 <br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>What Can ePortfolios Bring to Online Learning for Students?</li></ul>For students, an online context for:<br />Learning: <br />Interdisciplinarity, “making connections” across curricula<br />Self-reflection, meta-cognition<br />Ownership: <br />Expressions of identity, aspiration, and achievement<br />Understanding one’s online “audience”<br />Community 2.0:<br />Comments, tagging, categories<br />Overcoming the commuter campus divide: Student clubs, project work, online <br />
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  7. 7. What Can ePortfolios Bring to Online Teaching for Faculty?<br />For faculty, an online context for:<br />Interdisciplinarity, “making connections” through faculty development activities<br />Examination of instructional objectives and goals through course design<br />Technology-based innovations: podcasts, embedded media, networked communication<br />
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  11. 11. And for institutions…<br />…ePortfolios can provide the architecture of assessment:<br />An online archive of student work to be evaluated across time<br />An organizational setting for standards, rubrics, articulated objectives for<br />Externally accredited programs<br />Internally measured programs<br />Institution-wide curricula (General Education)<br />
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  15. 15. Where Did We Begin?The Pilot Program, Fall 2008<br />Participation in the LaGuardia ePortfolio Seminar, 2007-2008<br />Determining a curricular strategy:<br />Honors Program (cross-disciplinary, Gen Ed)<br />Education Department (assessment)<br />Digital Arts (portfolio-based, strong technology skills)<br />Selecting a Platform. Our Criteria:<br />Ease of use<br />Education focus<br />Per student cost<br />Support costs<br />Our choice: Digication<br />
  16. 16. Where Did We Begin?The Pilot Program, Fall 2008<br /><ul><li>Selecting Faculty. Our criteria:</li></ul>Technology friendly<br />Course integration<br />1 year commitment<br />Release time<br /><ul><li>Support Structure. Our criteria:</li></ul>Cost effectiveness<br />Software compatibility<br />Space efficiency – ePortfolio labs<br />ePortfolio tutors<br />
  17. 17. Where Did We Begin?The Pilot Program, Fall 2008<br />IT integration. Our needs:<br />Programming:<br />Login procedure<br />Student database<br />BCC Website landing page<br />IT help desk coordination<br />Funding. Our reality:<br />Slow track: Student technology fee<br />Fast track: Title V grant<br />
  18. 18. How Did We Start?January 2009<br /><ul><li>Faculty Development</li></ul>Introductory meeting – late Fall 2008<br /><ul><li>ePortfolio account activation
  19. 19. Course development guidelines</li></ul>January 2009 coordination meeting<br /><ul><li>Hands on software training
  20. 20. Learning objectives and ePortfolio integration
  21. 21. Assessment objectives – General Education, program specific accreditation
  22. 22. Course Scheduling Coordination</li></ul>Office of the Registrar<br />Honors courses and the cancellation challenge<br />
  23. 23. How Did We Start?February 2009 – Semester Begins<br />Activating Student Accounts<br />IT – Roster transfer activation<br />ePortfolio Administrator control<br />Tweaking technological/registration shortfalls<br />Challenge of late registration<br />Going live! February 1, 2009<br />
  24. 24. How Did We Start?February 2009 – Semester Begins<br />Student Training<br />1 hour introductory sessions<br />Scheduling with faculty<br />Lab scheduling coordinated with IT <br />Sessions led by Howard and/or Jordi<br />ePortfolio tutors available for in class sessions<br />Course/technology specific training<br />ePortfolio Lab<br />Finding a space!<br />Maximize tutor availability/minimize frustration<br />
  25. 25. What Did We See? Faculty and Student Experiences<br />Student Variations:<br />The Transferring Student (Clara Fernandez)<br />The Job-seeking Student (Audrey Rodriguez)<br />The Self-Reflective Student (Jerry Naeem)<br />Faculty Variations:<br />Course management (Graphic Design)<br />Portfolio assignments (History Outside the Textbook), and resources (eHerodotus)<br />Scholarship/Professional Identity<br />Assessment<br />
  26. 26. Semester’s EndMay 2009 – Reaping the Benefits<br />ePortfolio Student Showcase <br />Faculty, student and administration participation<br />Best ePortfolio competition/prizes<br />Student Focus Groups<br />Themes: competition, aspiration, academic focus (the Honors effect?)<br />Lesson Learned – Remain student focused<br />Survey said (n=51)…<br />Platform use: 78% “very easy” or “fairly easy”<br />Personal value themes: self-awareness, “audience”.<br />Academic use: 51% said ePortfolio was “often integrated”; 43% said it “helped me learn”.<br />
  27. 27. Future ePortfolio ObjectivesWhere to Next?<br /><ul><li>Expand Pilot Program</li></ul>Honors Program – Incorporate all program faculty<br />Education Department – NCATE Standards <br />Art Department – Assessment <br />New – ASAP Program, General Education <br />Fast v. Slow expansion – benefits and drawbacks<br /><ul><li>Expand Support Structure</li></ul>ePortfolio tutors – expanded schedule<br />Online support – website, online tools<br />Close collaboration with Digication<br />
  28. 28. Lessons Learned<br />The importance of integration: relationship between the syllabus and the ePortfolio<br />Sustaining continuity for students and faculty<br />Assessment puzzles: necessity vs. simplicity<br />The 2.0 challenge<br />And finally, keep the student at the center: remember the power of aspiration<br />

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