About

Hi, all — I’ve been promoting eportfolios for educators for a decade but have never developed a full eportolio for myself!  About time!

Actually, this will be a portfolio space where a conversation will take place.  I like to think of eportfolios that way — an instrumented digital space where people can collaborate and carry on conversations, while at the same time presenting a view of who you are.

This eportfolio will be made up of some static text but will be made up mostly of comments.

This text itself will change over time as our conversation goes on.

Is this a real eportfolio?

Using just the free basic Word Press account, I probably can’t create a true eportfolio.  I will learn more as I work more on this site.

Assessment Conference IUPUI October 29-30, 2012

I am developing the presentation eportfolio pages at this site to show at the Assessment conference.

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8 Comments to “About”

  1. As the educational process slowly, slowly evolves in response to a changed economy and the most powerful technology humans have ever used (“powerful” in terms of its impact on us as humans and on our culture), one change seems particularly interesting: separating teaching from grading.

    I have no doubt that everyone who reads this who has a teaching background will have an immediate gut response to this slowly emerging phenomenon.

    I’d like to think that if the teacher’s role becomes only teaching (facilitating learning, that is), then the students might view the teacher as an ally to help them prepare their work for those who WILL grade them. They may not spend as much time thinking about what the teacher wants. And the work students prepare for later review and evaluation is more open ended — not a closed loop.

    Untethering teaching and grading may well be the eportfolio way.

  2. August 30, 2011 Wells Maine — I am in the middle of an all-day faculty development day at York Country Community College. More than half of the faculty is here. We spent the morning in a mix of my talking and some group work. This afternoon, we are doing only group work. YCCC just acquired Digication.

    On the 18th of August, 12 days ago, I was at North East State in Tennessee. There, a STEP program has been in place for years, aimed at incorporating more active learning designs. Almost no one at NE State had heard of eportfolios,but when I mentioned them in the middle of a long session about active learning, afterwards most of the questions were related to eportfolios. Then, in the afternoon session, that was all we talked about.

    At both of these colleges, and in the work we are doing with the FIPSE project “Connect to Learning,” I am finding so much more openness about alternative, high-impact learning practice than even a few years ago that I the conversation is now much easier. Practice may not have changed a whole lot at this point, but I have never before seen such receptivity to new models for learning. And I’ve been doing this for 25 years.

    Since higher education in the U. S. is among the strongest and most vital institutions in our society, there is reason to hope for fundamental adaptation to the new facts of our lives today. There is hope that higher education can in fact re-vitalize our society.

    –tb

  3. I am now in the 3rd month of planning for the Assessment Conference at IUPUI at the end of October. Though I’ve had three brainstorming sessions recorded on video, this is the first time I am editing my eportfolio following those brainstorming sessions.

  4. I have captured a screen shot of my current eportfolio using Word Press. This screen shot is the baseline. Using this screen shot, session participants at the Conference will be able to see how my thinking process then affects the design of the eportfolio.

  5. Word Press is a blogging tool. I am using a free account. I am not sure if I can build a professional eportfolio presentation without purchasing premium features. I’ll see; we’ll all see.

  6. I suppose that using the permalinks for each blog post would allow the creation of an eportfolio within the blogsite. That was the concept that eduspaces (RIP!) used. I thought that was an effective was to create an ePortfolio.

  7. Trent,
    I’m currently researching ePortfolios for my university, University of Houston Downtown. I read your articles in Campus Technology and use them as I research to share with UHD’s ePortfolio’s planning committee. We are planning to launch a program that will be used by all of our nearly 14,000 students. I came across some cool tools that can be used free of charge which have the potential to add a lot of pizazz to student ePortfolios. Let’s share with your readers:
    ANIMOTO – create extraordinary videos from your photos, video clips, words and music.
    http://animoto.com/sample-videos,
    GLOSTER – Online Multimedia Posters – http://edu.glogster.com/what-is-glogster-edu/.

    Always fun to share!

    Back to UHD – We will be looking to use the ePortfolios across campus to 1) record academic performance, 2) respond to core and general ed standards and requirements, and 3) as tools for job seekers and career building. For 1 and 2, I won’t go into details here. For 3 I see this as currently needing to be driven by job applicants rather than employers. My personal experience is that having an ePortfolio can’t hurt (unless it’s a disaster), but that employers find it very impressive when available to them. In general, applying for jobs online is a tedious and trying experience, involving uploading resumes, cover letters, and filling out painfully long applications. Employers interested in a particular candidate can learn so much more about an applicant by viewing and analyzing their ePortfolio that they ever will from there job applications, resumes, or other traditional tools. Ideally, in my opinion, an online job application should only ask a few basic questions like do you have these experiences and education as key, preferably in the form of drop-down boxes. Most of the rest should be included is a really good searchable ePortfolio, the “show me” part of the application. So, one of the few questions asked should be for the link to the ePortfolio. I wish I had an opportunity to experiment with that approach. I’d be glad to partner with anyone wanting to try that experiment.

    I find that ePortfolios can be so powerful and rich in content, that I look forward to continuing my investigations and eventual implementation on our campus. The AAEEBL web site has been very helpful. Keep experimenting on your ePortfolio. I look forward to updates on your progress.

    Angela Koponen, PhD
    Director of Co-Curricular and Operations Assessment
    University of Houston Downtown

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