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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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E-portfolios perform many functions in higher education at both an institutional and student level. This book offers online instructors guidance in creating and implementing e-portfolios with their students. It helps them assess the needs of their students then design and implement a strategic, comprehensive e-portfolio program tailored to these needs. Further, it lets instructors see how such programs can be used as an example of their own personal and professional academic development. This is an essential resource for any online instructor or student wishing to use e-portfolios as a tool.
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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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