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Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors

ISBN: 978-0-470-63620-6
192 pages
December 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Documenting Learning with ePortfolios provides higher education instructors with a theory-to-practice approach to understanding the pedagogy behind ePortfolios and to helping students use them to record and reflect on their learning in multiple contexts. The authors outline a framework of six critical iterative tasks to undertake when implementing ePortfolios for student success. Filled with real-life models of successful ePortfolio projects, the book also includes guidance for faculty development to support the use of ePortfolios and covers the place of ePortfolios in institutional assessment efforts. Finally, the authors offer considerations for deciding on which technological tools to deploy in implementing a successful ePortfolio initiative.

"These authors achieve the very rare accomplishment of combining their years of practical experience, broad conceptual and research underpinnings, and incredibly useful examples and applications into a single, concise volume for enhancing student learning through an ePortfolio approach to our shared educational purpose." —Terrel L. Rhodes, vice president, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, Association of American Colleges and Universities

"Educators keep asking for more information about how to use electronic portfolios. This book provides answers, guidelines, examples, and scholarly insights about learning based in the wisdom of the ePortfolio community of practice—what a powerful addition to our collective knowledge! I am thankful to the authors for this boost to our field and for providing a blueprint for implementers to follow." —Trent Batson, executive director, The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

About the Authors xix

Introduction 1

PART 1 Documenting Learning with ePortfolios 5

1 Why Document Learning? 7

2 A Stakeholder’s Approach to Documenting Learning 25

3 Designing Effective ePortfolio Learning Activities 41

PART 2 Creating and Implementing ePortfolios 67

4 Engaging Today’s Learners: Students and ePortfolios 69

5 ePortfolios Outside the Classroom: Involving Campus Partners 85

6 Using ePortfolios to Support Assessment 95

PART 3 Practical Considerations for Implementing ePortfolios 105

7 Faculty Development and ePortfolios 107

8 Selecting ePortfolio Technologies to Support Learning 121

9 Evaluating the Impact of ePortfolios 139

Conclusion 145

References 149

Index 155

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Author Information

Tracy Penny Light is assistant professor, St. Jerome's University. Her research focuses on ePortfolio implementation and the ability for reflection in ePortfolios to transform the student experience.

Helen L. Chen is a research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the ePortfolio project manager in the Office of the Registrar, Stanford University.

John C. Ittelson is the director of outreach to the California Virtual Campus, and he consults to the CalStateTEACH Project for California State University, Monterey Bay. He is also the co-chair of the Academic ePortfolio Workgroup for the Postsecondary Electronics Standards Council.

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