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ePortfolios @ UBC. Catherine Paul Community of Practice Facilitator Office of Learning Technology, University of British Columbia. Brief History of [email protected] A 3-year campus-wide initiative 2003-2006 TLEF funded

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Eportfolios @ ubc

ePortfolios @ UBC

Catherine Paul

Community of Practice FacilitatorOffice of Learning Technology,

University of British Columbia


Brief history of eportfolios@ubc

Brief History of [email protected]

  • A 3-year campus-wide initiative 2003-2006

  • TLEF funded

  •  investigated the pedagogical benefits & resource implications of implementing e-portfolios for multiple purposes & contexts (course, program, personal)

  • 13 projects from multiple disciplines

  • 2000 students, 91 instructors and 37 staff

  • strong community of practice (CoP) in parallel


Brief history of eportfolios@ubc1

Brief History of [email protected]

  • Successes

    • cross-faculty collaboration

    • research component

    • engaged different areas of academic environment

    • encouraged informal learning spaces for students

    • deep learning


Brief history of eportfolios@ubc2

Brief History of [email protected]


Brief history of eportfolios@ubc3

Brief History of [email protected]


Portfolio approaches

Portfolio Approaches

  • showcase

  • assessment

  • career

  • reflective

  • capstone

  • professional development

  • community building


Hurdles

Hurdles

  • Challenges

    • technology (no one size fits all!)

    • sustained support

    • add-on rather than integration

    • increased workload for instructors and students


Hurdles1

Hurdles..

"If this is my personal reflection - how can you give me 3 out of 5?" 3rd year student

"Our students had too many other things to do already and saw the e-portfolio as just another assignment.  They didn't buy into it even though we changed the process in the 2nd year.  When students question meaning we, as instructors, will too." Pharmacy instructor

"Students required a lot of support to get beyond technology problems.  We always underestimate the level of human support required to support something like this."  Instructional support staff


Hopes

Hopes:

  • Revive ePortfolio Community of Practice

    • events, partnerships

  • Test "proof of concept" portfolio tools

  • Support the Instructional Support Staff on campus


How do you change cultures

How do you change cultures?

Slowly and surreptitiously

" Reflection was not embraced until we re-branded it as information processing.  We learned this from the 2st year of the pilot; Science students don't understand the concept of reflection.  Information processing exercises helped lessen the amount of study-time; students realized that this process helped them learn the course content." e-Portfolio Project Lead

"Instructors need to model e-portfolios to students, they need to be encouraged to create their own teaching portfolios.  teaching e-portfolios and student e-portfolios are connected."  e-Portfolio Project Lead


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