Exploring eportfolios for students


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Exploring eportfolios for students

  1. 1. Exploring eportfolios Robin Fay, rfay@athenstech.edu @georgiawebgurl http://tinyurl.com/atceportfolio
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes • Discussion of the types and purposes of e-portfolios. • Examples of artifacts (items) to be included in a student portfolio. • Components of a portfolio designed to assess student learning that results • Examples of tools to create eportfolios. • What others are doing • Resources
  3. 3. What is a Portfolio • a collection of work demonstrating achievement or improvement (Rick Stiggins, 1994) • a story (narrative): “ A portfolio is the story of knowing. Knowing about things. . .Knowing oneself. . .Knowing an audience. . . Portfolios are students’ own stories of what they know, why they believe they know it, and why others should be of the same opinion. A portfolio is opinion backed by fact. . .Students prove what they know with samples of their work” (Paulson & Paulson, 1991)
  4. 4. What is a Portfolio? A portfolio is a purposeful collection of artifacts to demonstrate effort, progress and achievement. Within an educational setting a portfolio can be prepared in the context of a course, a program, or an institution; the author of the portfolio can be the student, a faculty member, an administrator, or an organization (depart, program, etc.); and the purpose of the portfolio may be developmental, evaluative, and/or representative. With the ever increasing use and advancement of technology, the electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) is emerging as a viable option to the traditional paper portfolio. (Knott, Wolfe, Muffo, Mallikarjunan, Loganathan, Lohani, Paretti, Griffin, Adel , 2005, American Society for Engineering Education article, Using Electronic Portfolios in a Large Engineering Program)
  5. 5. Discussion: Do you use eportfolios? If not, how could you use portfolios?
  6. 6. Portfolios can be used for: •Program and/or graduation requirements •Competency compliance •Professional credentials for certification •Employment •Showcase of work •CV or examples of professional work •A combination?
  7. 7. Different types of portfolios Teaching Portfolio: •This portfolio is most used by students within education fields or professionals within those fields. It often includes teaching documentation (lesson plans, learning objects, etc.) Academic Portfolio: •Commonly used in k-12 and higher education environments as a virtual “binder” to house completed work; some portfolios contain only selected work for public viewing, while others contain all work to date. Academic portfolios can be the foundation for a professional (career) portfolio which includes resumes and other career related information.
  8. 8. Different types of portfolios Assessment Portfolio: •Illustrates how a student has met specific standards and learning outcomes Career Portfolio: •Commonly used in professional work; does not include work in progress but may contain samples of work, resumes, and other relevant job application information
  9. 9. Developing a portfolio process ● Decide what type of portfolio - plan ● Get buyin ● Evaluate software ● Put together training materials ● Promote ● Evaluate
  10. 10. Five Stages to Building an ePortfolio: Stage One (the scope) • What type of portfolio? • What types of items need to be included? Is there a mandatory list? • Who will support the process? • How will it be used and by whom? • Who will review? • What is the goal of the portfolio? • Who is the target audience? • Will the students take it “with them” after graduation? If so, how? • Buy-in from faculty and organization
  11. 11. Discussion: What resources do you have that would be of use with eportfolios?
  12. 12. Five Stages to Building an ePortfolio: Stage One (the scope) • Design and Plan the Portfolio – Select the software to use • File formats • Copyright/Licensing • Locally hosted or web (cloud based) • Private vs. public • Review process? • Templates ? • Training materials? • Support
  13. 13. Five Stages to Building an ePortfolio: Stage Two (collection) • Student collects artifacts • File formats • Copyright/Licensing • Private vs. public • Review process • Rubrics? • Templates ? – Where do they house their artifacts - in a LMS? dropbox? or is their portfolio for assessment
  14. 14. Five Stages to Building an ePortfolio: Stage Three • Student selects artifacts •What criteria? • File formats • Copyright/Licensing • Private vs. public • Templates? – Contextual information? – Where do they house their selected artifacts - in a LMS? dropbox? or is their portfolio for assessment
  15. 15. Five Stages to Building an ePortfolio: Stage Four: Build & finalize • Student puts together portfolio using established criteria and designated software •What criteria? • File formats • Copyright/Licensing • Private vs. public • Templates?
  16. 16. Five Stages to Building an ePortfolio: Stage Five: Share (and maintenance) • Student publishes (makes public) portfolio and shares across appropriate networks • What happens when student graduates/leaves?
  17. 17. Student portfolio process (overview) ● Collect artifacts ● Reflect ● Select /curate artifacts ● Organize ● Build using software ● Publish (Promote) ● Share (Promote) ● Maintain * ● Assessment (Assessment portfolio)
  18. 18. Stages in eportfolio development(As defined by Helen Barrett) • Stage One: Define context and goals • Stage Two: Collect artifacts and design • Stage Three: Select specific artifacts and reflect • Stage Four: Organize artifacts and finalize portfolio • Stage Five: Package portfolio and present to appropriate audience
  19. 19. Example of items in an assessment portfolio • Learner goals – Curriculum standards • Guidelines for selecting materials • Work samples • Teacher feedback • Self-reflection • Criteria for evaluating work Rubrics! •Teachers track achievement and students know expectations •Simple rubric tool www.uen.org
  20. 20. Example of items in an career / professional portfolio • Samples of work / writing samples • Resume • Professional bio • Contact information • Project examples • Skill statement (Qualifications) • Letters of recommendation • Links to papers or other published material
  21. 21. Tools for creating eportfolios • Powerpoint • Websites/webspace • Blogs like blogger and wordpress • Portfolio software • Google sites * • Optimalresume and other resume sites (linkedin, etc. )
  22. 22. Discussion: How do eportfolios fit in with your organization?
  23. 23. Examples of eportfolios • ATC’s Portfolio Pilot Project • http://tinyurl.com/atceportfolio • Helen Barrett’s website: – http://electronicportfolios.com/portfolios.html • Elementary and High School Video Examples: – http://www.ideasconsulting.com • 5th and 7th grade examples: – http://essdack.org/port/examples.html • Jared Covili’s IDET portfolio: – http://home.utah.edu/~jjc03270