Presentation at AACU in Washington DC on the possibilities and pitfalls of an ePortfolio assessment system. Uses our course-embedded, information literacy rubrics as an example of how ePorts can make a difference in teaching and in gaining faculty buy in.
ePortfolios: Good for the student, good for the Institution
ePortfolios: Good for the Student, Good for the Institution
Dr. Jennifer Vincent & Sarah Faye Cohen,Champlain CollegeBurlington, Vermont
Founded 18782000 studentsNEASC Accreditation
Professional FocusMultimedia GraphicsE-gamingDigital ForensicsBusiness
New Interdisciplinary Core Roll-out began Fall 2007
Champlains Core Curriculum
Apple Core (1992) by Claes Oldenberg (1929- ), Billy Rose Sculpture Garden, Israel Museum in Jerusalem.http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagemd/827470717/
Gen Eds Before the Core
Fit basic requirements set by NEASCCourse sequence determined by professional majorsDisciplinary or skills based courses
Library Instruction before the Core
Stand aloneDependent on faculty requestsRepetitiveStaticUnmeasurable and unmeasured
What did we envision?
What did we envision?
In terms of the libraryAll students, all four yearsIncrementalRequiredEmbeddedInquiry basedAssessable: the ability to measure student learning.
In terms of Gen EdsInterdisciplinaryLinked coursesInquiry basedThreads through all four yearsIncreasing difficulty in terms of skills and conceptsInterconnectednessCohesive, comprehensive
Today, linked, theme-based courses
Year 1: Self & CommunityConcepts of Self & Rhetoric 1Concepts of Community & Rhetoric 2Year 2: The Western TraditionScientific Revolutions & Aesthetic ExpressionsThe Secular and the Sacred & Capitalism and DemocracyYear 3: Global AwarenessTechnology and Development & Human Rights and ResponsibilitiesYear 4: IntegrationIntegrated Capstone (Core & Major)
Common, master syllabi
Provides course learning outcomes and competencies Texts to be used with each courseCourse methodInquiry-basedProject-basedGuidelines for common assignmentsProject-basedInterdisciplinary research
How do we know if our vision is working?
Evidence that students are learning the skills and the concepts we are teaching.All students assignments in one place.Measures any learning outcome and opportunity to break the data down.
Mapping IL outcomes to Core rubrics
IL outcomes are taught in Core classes and directly related to commons assignmentsTrack instruction and assessment of outcomes in a matrixWhat is taught is based on what we learn from the data.
Valuable to us as an institution
Key to consistency in a common curriculum.Identify discrepancies among majors, gender.Opportunity to learn about ourselves and improve teaching.Compare our data with other institutions.
Is that apparent to faculty? To Students?
Student Possibilities in ePort
AdvantagesSolidifies commonality among sectionsSolidifies connectivity within the entire curriculumOpportunity for retrospectionChance to customize a portfolio for future employers, graduate schools, etc.
Student Perceptions of ePort
DisadvantagesPoor choice of software.Irrelevant to grading and feedback.Unrelated to majors.Expensive and expires.
Faculty Possibilities in ePort
AdvantagesOpportunity to improve your teachingProving that we are teaching something (IL, writing, oral communication)Creating a more collaborative environment among faculty.
Faculty Perceptions of ePort
DisadvantagesIts not my course anymore.Vague and general rubrics.Student follow through.Its only for the institution.
Inter-rater reliability as another issue
How are we getting together?
Workshops. Rewriting rubrics.Making allies.Sharing stories.Developing shared expectations.
Other Strategies to Overcome Pitfalls
Throwing others a bone. Rewriting rubrics with other facultyStudent tutorsSharing the vision for what it CAN doImprovements in purchasing and preparation
To Improve Faculty Buy In
Enlist the ranksGive voice to those affectedLet them be the agents of change
What would we do differently?
What about the data we are gathering from ePort?
Not yet perfect but.Noticing trendsMucking aroundWillingness to experimentGood data over time
Improve the lookIncreased use across campusFaculty provide feedback in ePort.Link to LMS: integrating all our tools.
Thoughts on implementation
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