• Keep Learning Outcomes in mind when implementing ePortfolios.
    • When implementing ePortfolios, just like any educational technology, your learning outcomes are your top priority and anything you do in ePortfolios should directly accomplish your course’s learning outcomes.
  • Show examples of your own or of previous students.
    • Always lead by example, share your own portfolio and your professional experiences of having and using one. Ask permission from previous students who have had exemplary ePortfolio.  Our Contest Winners on our ePortfolio website is a great place to start.
  • Choosing Artifacts.
    • All artifacts that students choose to include should be examples of their best work and demonstrate the academic process through reflection. What about a particular artifact displays transferable skills to the professional space?
  • Build over time.
    • An ePortfolio should be built little by little over time throughout the semester and overall throughout one’s academic and professional career. Your role as an instructor is to provide guidance and feedback throughout the process, especially in the beginning.
  • Share your rubric for assessing ePortfolios.
    • When students take an exam or write a paper, they know in advance what is expected from them and how they will be graded or assessed. Share your rubric from the beginning and set clear learning goals and objectives.
  • Communicate the purpose of ePortfolio use clearly to your students
    • What is the purpose of creating the ePortfolio in your course? Is it a learning and reflective portfolio displaying several drafts of an essay and reflection?  A showcase portfolio of their best work such as that of an accomplished digital artist?
  • What is the intended impact of using ePortfolios in your course?
    • How will ePortfolios affect your course and your assignments?
    • What is the technical competency of your students and what challenges do you foresee?
    • What is the time dedication needed from both yourself and the students to implement this technology?
    • How will ePortfolios be shared? Will they be private to the course/school or public to the world?
  • What technical support is available?
    • Students complete online training.
    • Students attend our weekly one-hour in-person workshops.
    • An Instructional Designer visits your class for an hour.
    • Walk-in support provided by the Office of Educational Technology.
  • Provide feedback.
    • Provide frequent instructor feedback.
    • Encourage student peer feedback.
    • Encourage students to seek out campus resources for feedback in their ePortfolio such as the Career Services Center and the Writing Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by the ePortfolio Implementation Committee (EPIC) in the Fall 2019 Semester.

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