GERC in partnership with the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Development Committee is seeking input on the idea of ePortfolios for use in both general education and for the QEP. Since the term ePortfolio is already in use on campus in a variety of ways, this blog post provides information on how the ePortfolio might be used for general education and the QEP and points to further resources. GERC and QEP representatives are also visiting school meetings and slides from those presentations are available in box: https://stedwards.box.com/s/rxe7dh7emw909nmvz6h9kxbwnl4xshsz
ePortfolios and the QEP
For the QEP, “Vocation: Discovering One’s Purpose in a Changing World,” an ePortfolio would be a repository for students to place artifacts related to their vocational journey and to reflect on a variety of experiences, both curricular and co-curricular. For the QEP,
Reflection equals structured exercises for students to make connections across experiences and to develop a personal narrative.
ePortfolios and General Education
For general education, ePortfolios would be a tools for integration and assessment. The new curriculum has reduced hours and moved from a set of very prescriptive, tightly structured courses to a more flexible system that allows students to take more responsibility for their own learning and integration of that learing.
Integrative learning is an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.
The ePortfolio is a tool for integrative learning that helps students develop more agency. Here’s how the process works:
Building a Portfolio
- Collect. Students collect their work,
- Select samples of work that show their learning,
- Reflect on that work identifying and articulating skills and content in the artifacts, growth
- Connect their experiences, course work, personal and professional goals.
If ePortfolios are adopted as part of general education, students would be required to place signature assignments and/or reflective essays in the portfolio in certain general education courses. A percentage of these ePortfolios would be sampled for assessment of general education.
More about ePortfolios
For a good introduction to ePortfolios we recommend:
- Kathleen Yancey. “ePortfolio.” In Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, ed. Davis, Gold, Harris & Sayers, Draft version undergoing peer-to-peer review, 2016. https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy/blob/master/keywords/eportfolio.md.
- Bret Eynon, Laura M. Gambino, Judit Török, 2014. “What Difference Can ePortfolio Make? A Field Report from the Connect to Learning Project.” International Journal of ePortfolio 4, 95–114. Available here: http://c2l.mcnrc.org/evidence/
To find out more about ePortfolios, we recommend the following resources curated by J. Elizabeth Clark:
- ePortfolio Readings & Resources: http://www.jelizabethclark.com/eportfolio-readings-resources/
- ePortfolio Examples: (general showcases, examples by discipline, case studies, and materials for creating syllabi): http://www.jelizabethclark.com/eportfolio-examples/