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Re-imagining ePortfolios Assignments. Joshua Coon, Ph.D. April 19, 2013. Background. I teach Math 1050 and 1090 at Salt Lake Community College Part of the course curriculum is for students to do a “signature assignment” for their ePortfolio

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Re imagining eportfolios assignments

Re-imagining ePortfolios Assignments

Joshua Coon, Ph.D.

April 19, 2013


Background

Background

  • I teach Math 1050 and 1090 at Salt Lake Community College

  • Part of the course curriculum is for students to do a “signature assignment” for their ePortfolio

  • Most students see this as a burden rather than opportunity


Common complaints

Common Complaints

  • “Never going to use this later”

    • No value for career

  • “Won’t show to my boss”

    • Not professional

  • “Distracts from curriculum”

    • Need to pass the final

  • “Pointless”


Reinventing eportfolio assignments

Reinventing ePortfolio Assignments

  • Never going to use this later”

    • Make valuable for career

  • “Won’t show to my boss”

    • Professional looking work

  • “Distracts from curriculum”

    • Relevant to course materials


Standard format

Standard Format

  • Math 1050: Example

  • Math 1090: Example


Standard eportfolio approach

Standard ePortfolio Approach

  • The decent: Example

  • The average: Example

  • The bad: Example


Problems

Problems?

  • Too rigid to allow creativity

    • Reflective writing only potential outlet

  • Lack of clear presentation

    • Scans or pictures of assignments

  • Not sufficiently professional

    • Students preparing for business world


Solution

Solution

  • More creativity

    • Move away from short answer format

  • Visually pleasing structure

    • Paper format

  • Connection to outside world

    • Chance to discuss applications/connections


Assignment structure

Assignment Structure

  • Please make sure to rewrite this into a paper format, as instructed in class.

  • The format for the paper should be roughly as follows:

  • -2-3 pages, single spaced

  • -Summarize the problem and different solution approaches

  • -Show your arithmetic

  • -Business or scientific format

  • -Correct grammar and spelling

  • -Individual final reports

  • -No plagarism


Improved eportfolio assignments

Improved ePortfolio Assignments

  • The good: Example

  • The better: Example

  • The very good: Example


Improvements

Improvements

  • Paper format

    • Greater student freedom

  • Nicer presentation

    • Something presentable during job interview

  • Similar to business assignments

    • Boss may ask student to write report


Group discussion

Group Discussion

  • Refer to handouts

  • Three problems with current ePortfolio assignments

  • Three possible improvements


Future eportfolio improvements

Future ePortfolio Improvements

  • Give students examples of professional work

    • Something for students to aim for

  • Continue to improve my Eportfolio

    • Lead by example

  • Multi-part assignments over the course of the semester

    • Large project in small parts


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • ePortfolios can be significantly improved

  • Starting point is the assignments

  • Rethinking traditional approach is essential


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