Monday, July 11, 2011

Workshop 4: E-Portfolios & Digital Media Projects

We've been focusing on what we as faculty can do with digital media, but what can we ask our students to do with it? Using many of the same tools we've been experimenting with, and basically the same process of planning, production, and presentation/distribution you've been engaged in for your Reboot projects, students can hone their 21st century digital media skills while learning and synthesizing the material in your courses. Your uses of digital media in and beyond the classroom become models for them to use their laptops and skills for learning, and their knowledge of facility with social media, multimedia, and user-generated content will teach you a thing or two, too.

Topics to discuss:

Writing up a good project assignment.
Grading projects (rubrics/giving feedback)

Moreover, as a college we are moving towards e-portfolios as an interwoven, essential aspect of the curriculum. Portfolios are collections of evidence that demonstrate what someone has learned over time; learning portfolios include reflection. When a student chooses and reflects upon the pieces of work in his or her portfolio, that in and of itself is a learning experience.

Electronic portfolios (or e-portfolios or digital portfolios) use a digital container instead of a big folder.


Offer students ways of showing growth, achievement, and competence in a body of work.

Promotes student responsibility for his or her own work and active learning through student ownership of the portfolio.

Foster reflection.

Facilitate assessment for faculty.

Encourage connections between college learning, projects, and experiences and the wider world.

Illuminate self-presentation as a professional and distinct individual.

Provide a bridge between college and the professional world or graduate school.


What do our students need in e-portfolios?
What might they be good for? (How can we use this digital media tool for good teaching and learning?)
How can we build them into the curriculum?
At what point does a learning portfolio become a professional portfolio/what is the distinction? Where should it be in the curriculum?
Where is the distinction between a portfolio and social networking? Is there one? Should there be one?
Does an e-portfolio become part of a "digital footprint" and it naive to see it separately?

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