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Wednesday, June 18 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
POSTER.27 – Augustana’s e-Portfolio Pilot: Lessons Learned

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E-Portfolios have the potential to transform students’ learning experiences through reflection on the significance of what and how they have learned; this enhances their ability to articulate their knowledge and skills to their peers, teachers, and future employers. In addition, e-portfolios can enable the assessment of teachers' and institutions' ability to inculcate students with their core learning objectives and skills. The objective of the Augustana 2012/13 pilot study was to determine the feasibility of the institutional implementation of e-portfolios focused on enhancing student learning, rather than institutional assessment. This poster presents the outcomes from this pilot.

Volunteers for the pilot were recruited from a variety of disciplines: Biology, Development Studies, Drama, Music, and Psychology. The volunteers were aware at the outset of several criteria related to e-portfolio resources: i) the e-portfolio platform must be sufficiently user-friendly such that students are able to focus on the reflection, writing, and analysis of their learning without having to spend excess energy and time on familiarizing themselves with the technology, ii) students need to feel that the platform empowers them to express their unique experience to produce a student-centred e-portfolio, and iii) affordable price. As a result, all participating faculty, with one exception, used Google Sites and found that students were able to use the freely available Google App with little difficulty.

Lessons learned during the pilot include the following: i) don’t assume students are tech savvy, ii) collect websites that can assist students with technical aspects of the e-portfolio platform, iii) always keep a clean copy of your template that is not shared with students, iv)  encourage instructors to avail themselves of the resources available through teaching & learning centres to provide technical and design assistance, v) be clear about the point of the assignment, vi) be clear about the criteria for the assignment, vii) provide students with leading questions to help guide them with their critical self-reflection. The poster will further elaborate these lessons.

The results of the pilot study suggested that Augustana faculty be encouraged to consider using e-portfolios in their courses and degree programs as a teaching strategy that enables students’ self-reflection on the skills and knowledge gained during their studies at Augustana. In addition, it was recommended that students be encouraged to use whatever platform best suits them. The reasons for these suggestions will be discussed during the poster session.


Wednesday June 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
McArthur Hall

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