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The promise and practicalities of e-portfolios:  Getting Blackboard to deliver Guy Pursey & Nicola Langton 8 January 2009
Outline <ul><li>Setting the scene </li></ul><ul><li>‘Adapting’ Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Early evaluation </li></ul><ul...
Setting the scene <ul><li>Blackboard since 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Suite in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently on Ve...
Setting the scene Personal Tutor Meetings Blackboard PDP PAR PDP
iLearn <ul><li>2007/8 </li></ul><ul><li>4 pilots </li></ul><ul><li>Approx. 700 students </li></ul><ul><li>All using portfo...
Setting the scene <ul><li>Issues with Blackboard’s Basic Portfolios… </li></ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagog...
Setting the scene <ul><li>Solutions… </li></ul><ul><li>Other systems </li></ul><ul><li>“ Personal Portfolios” </li></ul><u...
iLearn in Blackboard
Individual Learner Profile
Initial changes <ul><li>Step-by-step pop-up help </li></ul><ul><li>Files stored in the Content System </li></ul><ul><li>Li...
Adapting Blackboard <ul><li>Sticking with Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Want closer integration between tool and course </l...
Enter stage-left… addPageToPortfolio.jsp
New entry point
Your first portfolio…
Preview
Enhancements <ul><li>Step-by-step help </li></ul><ul><li>Preview buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Some automated fields </li></ul...
Individual Learner Profile
Evaluation <ul><li>3 surveys </li></ul><ul><li>4 focus groups </li></ul><ul><li>First Year Responses </li></ul><ul><li>135...
Success…? <ul><li>Very little training </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops easier </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal queries </li></ul>
Issues <ul><li>Some technical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Some confusion </li></ul><ul><li>Staff engagement </li></ul><ul><li...
What and where next? <ul><li>Basic improvements (more colour, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>Staff-stud...
Adopt or adapt? <ul><li>…  or, of course, any other questions. </li></ul>
Thanks for listening! <ul><li>E-mail:  [email_address] </li></ul>
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The Promise and Practicalities of e-Portfolios: Getting Blackboard to Deliver

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A presentation given at the Ninth Annual Durham Blackboard Users' Conference on the innovations made concerning the Blackboard Basic Portfolio tool at the University of Reading.

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The Promise and Practicalities of e-Portfolios: Getting Blackboard to Deliver

  1. 1. The promise and practicalities of e-portfolios: Getting Blackboard to deliver Guy Pursey & Nicola Langton 8 January 2009
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Setting the scene </li></ul><ul><li>‘Adapting’ Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Early evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Where next? </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion: Adopt or adapt? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Setting the scene <ul><li>Blackboard since 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Suite in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently on Version 8 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Setting the scene Personal Tutor Meetings Blackboard PDP PAR PDP
  5. 5. iLearn <ul><li>2007/8 </li></ul><ul><li>4 pilots </li></ul><ul><li>Approx. 700 students </li></ul><ul><li>All using portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>All need training in Freshers’ Week… </li></ul><ul><li>… and support throughout the year! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Setting the scene <ul><li>Issues with Blackboard’s Basic Portfolios… </li></ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogical </li></ul><ul><li>Aesthetic </li></ul>
  7. 7. Setting the scene <ul><li>Solutions… </li></ul><ul><li>Other systems </li></ul><ul><li>“ Personal Portfolios” </li></ul><ul><li>Improving help guides </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting what we have…? </li></ul>
  8. 8. iLearn in Blackboard
  9. 9. Individual Learner Profile
  10. 10. Initial changes <ul><li>Step-by-step pop-up help </li></ul><ul><li>Files stored in the Content System </li></ul><ul><li>Link direct to tools from course </li></ul>
  11. 11. Adapting Blackboard <ul><li>Sticking with Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Want closer integration between tool and course </li></ul><ul><li>Something to ease training and support </li></ul>
  12. 12. Enter stage-left… addPageToPortfolio.jsp
  13. 13. New entry point
  14. 14. Your first portfolio…
  15. 15. Preview
  16. 16. Enhancements <ul><li>Step-by-step help </li></ul><ul><li>Preview buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Some automated fields </li></ul><ul><li>Built-in questionnaire </li></ul>
  17. 17. Individual Learner Profile
  18. 18. Evaluation <ul><li>3 surveys </li></ul><ul><li>4 focus groups </li></ul><ul><li>First Year Responses </li></ul><ul><li>135 out of around 3000 (4.5%) </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Reponses </li></ul><ul><li>50 out of 700 (7.1%) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Success…? <ul><li>Very little training </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops easier </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal queries </li></ul>
  20. 20. Issues <ul><li>Some technical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Some confusion </li></ul><ul><li>Staff engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Future-proof? </li></ul>
  21. 21. What and where next? <ul><li>Basic improvements (more colour, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>Staff-student collaboration? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Adopt or adapt? <ul><li>… or, of course, any other questions. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Thanks for listening! <ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul>

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