ePortfolios for Learning and Assessment


ePortfolios for Learning and Assessment

ePortfolios for Learning and AssessmentWEB CONFERENCESeptember 28, 2007 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

WEB CONFERENCE:ePortfolios for Learning and AssessmentSeptember 28, 2007 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDTOVERVIEWWeb-based eportfolios have become a popular and powerful way to describe, reflect on, and demonstrate what students knowand can do. ePortfolios represent a technology and a pedagogical approach for facilitating integration of formal and informaleducational experiences, regardless of the program of study.Faculty face unique challenges using eportfolios. Not only must they learn new skills and adapt to new technology, but they mustalso understand how to promote and nurture new ways of thinking about what their students are learning.Join us for the ePortfolios for Learning and Assessment web conference as we review the basic issues and challenges related toeportfolio activity.WHO SHOULD ATTENDInstructional developers and technologists, faculty developers, and administrators responsible for student assessment andre-accreditation will be introduced to a variety of uses for eportfolios. Participants will take away a context to inform theireportfolio planning and the appropriate integration of eportfolios in learning and assessment.Program Agenda• Importance of eportfolioso Replacing transcripts as the primary certificationo Browser-based eportfolioso Learner-situatedo Accrediting agencies and eportfolio requirements forreaccreditation• How to understand eportfolioso Planningo Sharing evidence of learning and performanceo ePortfolios owned by the studento Students as content creatorso Faculty as content/process providerso Students taking greater responsibility for their owneducation• Issues in higher education that eportfolios can help addresso Fragmentation of students’ intellectual experienceo Lack of curricular coherenceo Increasing demands of an information-rich environmento Growing importance of out-of-class learning experiences• ePortfolios support institution-specific needso Related case studieso LaGuardia Community Collegeo Alverno College• ePortfolios as assessment management systemso Provide evidence for educational effectivenesso Tracking students’ progress toward course, department,program, and/or institutional learning goalso Authentic assessmento Flexible assessment• ePorfolios make the teaching-learning process more visibleo Enable more faculty members to develop their ownscholarship of teaching and learningo Carnegie Foundation, etc.• ePortfolios as tools to enrich the advising process• Directions and recommendations• ePortfolios support integrative learning experienceso Related case studieso Stanford Universityo Portland State Universityo St. Olaf College

WEB CONFERENCE:ePortfolios for Learning and AssessmentSeptember 28, 2007 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDTInstructorSTrent Batson, Educational Technology Consultant, University of Rhode IslandTrent was the former director of information and instructional technology services at the Universityof Rhode Island. He came to electronic portfolios after teaching writing classes using traditionalportfolios. Knowing that students engage with a well-planned portfolio approach, he quickly realizedthe great potential for electronic portfolios. He thus became involved with the open source portfolio(OSP) initiative. Trent was founding chair of the Board of OSP and received a Mellon Foundation grantto further the OSP initiative. He also founded the New England ePortfolio Project, a 2-year regionalproject that had 32 institutional members. Trent consults and writes about electronic portfolios. Hislatest publication is in a forthcoming book to be published in Fall, 2007.Helen Chen, Research Scientist, Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning, Stanford UniversityHelen is a research scientist at the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning. She was the projectdirector of the Learning Careers Program, a five-year effort funded by The William and FloraHewlett Foundation examining ways to support student integration of formal and informal learningexperiences. Through collaborations with national and international portfolio researchers, she co-ledthe development of Folio Thinking, a reflective practice that situates and guides the effective use oflearning portfolios. Helen is a founding member and co-facilitator of Electronic Portfolio Action andCommunication, a community of practice focusing on pedagogical and technological issues related toePortfolios. Helen’s current research interests focus on the application of Folio Thinking pedagogy andpractices in engineering education and the evaluation of ePortfolios and other social software tools tofacilitate teaching, learning, and assessment for students, faculty, departments, and institutions.Logging In to the Web ConferenceAfter registration, each registrant will receive a confirmation of payment or an invoice, depending on method of payment.Each registrant will also receive an email with appropriate login information and more information regarding the event a fewdays prior to the start of the event. The day of the conference, you will receive another email with the same information. Toparticipate, you will need a computer with a high speed internet connection. You will have the option to receive audio via yourcomputer speakers or telephone.WHAT IS A SINGLE SITE CONNECTION?A site connection allows a single connection to the web conferencing software and teleconference. We encourage you to setthe event up in a conference room or classroom from a single computer in order to allow multiple stakeholders from yourcampus to participate. Remember, as long as only a single computer connects, you can bring as many people as you wantto the event. Because there are no travel expenses and only a single registration fee is required, each additional participantlowers the cost per person significantly. Purchasing a site connection and inviting everyone involved in a particular topic is agreat way to provide cost-effective professional development. Please note that you will have the option to receive audio viayour computer speakers or telephone.If for any reason a relevant stakeholder cannot co-locate for the session, we encourage you to include that person bypurchasing an additional connection at the reduced fee of $195 per session. This will ensure that every member of a teamreceives the same relevant, timely information in the most efficient way. If an interested party cannot participate at thedesignated time, or if someone would like to view the presentation again, an archived copy of the event will be available for 30days. If you have any technical or purchasing questions, please contact us at 720.488.6800.

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