ePortfolios provide a place for students to archive their academic career, provide faculty with a way to systematize the grading process, and to provide administrators accurate and consistent information with witch they can perform data-based decision making. We encourage and emphasize the need for a balance between learning and assessment (emphasis on “what does learning look like”?)
In this one minute, Brent Duncan, Director of School Psychology, speaks about converting from paper-based portfolios to e-portfolios.
- Collect artifacts (papers, presentations, etc.), reflect on the learning that occurred, select the best examples from one’s academic career, connect with employers via website, resume’s etc.
- Facilitating student responsibility and “ownership” over their academic career
- Some ePortfolios list the learning outcomes and then have a specific required assignment directly related to each outcome
- Other ePortfolios list the learning outcomes, but allow students to interpret the outcomes and articulate how their work fulfills the outcome
- Students benefit not only in the end result, but also in the process of critical thinking required to create an effective ePortfolio
- Track cohort progress towards graduation – especially when specific State standards and licensing are involved, such as in Education, Psychology, etc
- Assess the effectiveness of their teaching
- Learning outcomes and rubrics describe value and reward for activities
- ePortfolios help to systematize and add uniformity to the grading process
- Promoting a culture of evidence – How do we know we are doing way we say?
- WASC accreditation process
- Well defined outcomes , effective learning opportunities, authentic assessment
- Data aggregation – cohorts within a program – cross program comparisons
- Institutional reflection – sustaining continuous improvement
- Use the information for data-based decision making
What are the challenges?
In this one minute video, Amber Kees, Program Coordinator for the School Psychology program talks about implementing the e-portfolios after the development and testing process.
- Managing cultural change – it is not easy
- Identify and cultivate stakeholders
- Initiate with a “coalition of the willing”
- Demonstrate compelling value
- Provide professional development and support (for all stakeholders)
- Program outcomes alignment – a great opportunity for departmental self-reflection
- Are all of our Program outcomes clearly defined?
- Do our courses reflect all of our Program outcomes?
- Do all of our courses complement and/or dovetail with each other (appropriate prerequisites, etc.)?
- Systemic cohesiveness for data analysis – calibrated ePortfolio review
What about data set integration, ownership and portability?
- Export to xml for Institutional Research analysis – data can be exported and recompiled in other software tools
- Each student can have a website for self-promotion to prospective employers
- Student’s ePortfolios can be packaged in their entirety and unpackaged at their new institution
What about implementation and cost?
- Pilots and scaling up
- Start small – get comfortable with the processes in a “low-risk” environment
- TaskStream List Price ~ approx. $45/student/semester
- HSU negotiated price ~ approx. $40/student/semester
- MSF Funds vs. Student pay
How to get started?
- Samples and sandbox available – elearning has a place for you to get familiar with TaskStream
- Program consensus – universal “buy-in” from your group will ease the transition
- Group show and tell – leading edge adopters can demonstrate successes with the department and mentor the next wave
- One on one consultation – Instructional designers are available for brainstorming strategy sessions and implementations
So, what does a TaskStream webpage look like? Here is a page form HSU’s School Psychology page. On the left you will see a list of all of the student submissions required. Each requirement has its own set of directions, and might include forms or other attachments to be downloaded and completed by students, and resubmitted to the ePortfolio for review and scoring by the Program Evaluators.