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Using eportfolios for evidence based research

Using ePortfolios for Evidence-Based Research

Kristin Norris, Instructional Technology Specialist

Kathy Steinberg, Assessment Specialist

IUPUI Center for Service & Learning


Goals of the session
Goals of the session

  • Provide a general overview of ePortfolios (types, purposes, differences)

  • Demonstrate how ePortfolios can be used for research purposes.

  • Illustrate how CSL is using ePortfolios as well as various other activities in conjunction with ePortfolios on our campus.


Agenda
Agenda

  • Introductions

  • Overview of ePortfolios

  • ePortfolios for Research

  • How to get started – baby steps

  • Questions? Comments?


Overview of eportfolios

Overview of ePortfolios

Harness the power of the pedagogy


Eportfolios is both a process and product

Barrett, Eifel, July 2011(www.slideshare.net/eportfolios)

ePortfolios is both a process and product

  • Process: a series of events (time & effort) to produce a result

    • Portfolio as a workspace

    • Working Portfolio (digital archive, repository of artifacts, collaboration space, reflective journaling)

    • Primary purpose: learning or reflection

    • Organization: chronological

  • Product: the outcome/results of an activity/process

    • Portfolio as a showcase

    • Presentation Portfolios (the “Story” or narrative, multiple views, varied audiences & purpose)

    • Primary purpose: Accountability or showcase for employment

    • Organization: thematic





Power of the pedagogy
Power of the Pedagogy

“Stories help us organize our experience and define our sense of ourselves”

(Roger Schank, Tell Me a Story)


Why eportfolios
Why ePortfolios?

  • Reflecting

  • Celebrate learning

  • Personal planning & goal setting

  • Employment applications

  • Accountability (prove what you have learned)

  • Capture and store evidence (repository)

  • Give and receive feedback

  • Collaborate

  • Present what you know to an audience

  • Exploring your personal and professional identity


Eportfolios as a purpose

Paris & Ayers (1994)

ePortfolios as a Purpose

the “overarching purpose of ePortfolios is to create a sense of personal ownership over one’s accomplishments, because ownership engenders feelings of pride, responsibility, and dedication.”


Managing oneself
Managing Oneself

  • What are my strengths?

  • How do I perform?

  • What are my values?

  • Where do I belong?

  • What should I contribute?

  • Responsibility for Relationships?

    “Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves – their strengths, their values, and how best they perform” –Peter Drucker(2005, Harvard Business Review)


Why should you use eportfolios
Why should you use ePortfolios

  • Facilitate Reflection

  • Enable students to create something that demonstrates their knowledge, skills, abilities, dispositions – often times the things they have yet to articulate in any other way

  • Gather evidence of student knowledge (and maybe growth)

  • Because it is of value to the students


Choosing an eportfolio platform
Choosing an ePortfolio Platform

https://sites.google.com/site/choosingeportsoftware/


Latest blog by trent batson
Latest Blog by Trent Batson

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/10/12/a-survey-of-the-electronic-portfolio-market-sector.aspx#



Assessment vs evaluation

Student Evaluation

Assessment vs. Evaluation

Student Assessment

Individual or group of learners

Understand learner through performance of a specific learning task/standard

Provide feedback to students

Diagnostic tool for instruction

Formative

Ex: Reflections

  • Individual/group of learners

    • Understand learner through performance of a specific learning task/standard

      AND

  • Judge the quality or worth of the assessment results

  • Provide feedback to students

  • Based upon multiple sources of assessment information.

  • Formative/Summative


Research vs evaluation
Research vs. Evaluation

Research, especially fundamental or basic research, differs from evaluation in that its primary purpose is to generate or test theory and contribute to knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Such knowledge, and the theories that undergird knowledge, may subsequently inform action and evaluation, but action is not the primary purpose of fundamental research. (Patton, 2002, pp. 10-11)


Value of eportfolios for service learning
Value of ePortfolios for Service Learning

  • Most assessment tools are self-report instruments (nationally and locally)

  • Eportfolios provide “authentic” assessment evidence/data

  • Draw on strengths of Service Learning

    • critical reflection

  • Eportfolios can be used for research

    • also for course use and program assessment

    • designs can be simple or complex


Important considerations
Important Considerations

  • Confidentiality (FERPA)

  • Ownership of materials; permissions

  • Access to materials and platform after student leaves or graduates

  • IRB Issues

    • Informed consent


Examples of research on service learning using eportfolios
Examples of Research on Service Learning using ePortfolios

  • Project 1:

    Civic development of students in a Service Learning Assistant program

  • Project 2:

    Development of civic learning in freshmen taking service learning classes versus non-service learning classes


Project 1 service learning assistant program overview
Project 1Service Learning Assistant Program Overview

  • Scholarships recognize IUPUI students selected by faculty or professional staff to:

    • assist in the implementation of a service learning class,

    • collaborate with faculty in their community-based research,

    • expand the capacity of campus departments to increase the number of students who participate in service-learning, or

    • complete a service project in and with the community.

  • Faculty development focus makes it unique.


Guiding research questions
Guiding Research Questions

  • To what extent do ePortfolios support the civic development of students?

  • What types of ePortfolios best facilitate student civic learning and assessment?

  • What factors contribute to student civic development as a result of participation in a service-based scholarship program? (Kristin’s research)


Program specific research questions
Program Specific Research Questions

  • To what extent do students who participate in service scholarship programs (compared to their SL peers or non-SL peers):

    • develop a greater capacity/ability to articulate an integrated sense of their personal, civic, professional identity?

    • develop enhanced civic learning KSAs, compared to other students who do not participate in these types of interventions?


Using eportflios to gather evidence
Using ePortflios to gather evidence

  • Civic-Minded Graduate Scale

  • Complete reflection on a professional development activity

  • Complete end-of-award period reflection (CMG Narrative/Scale)

  • Faculty mentor rates the end-of-award reflection (CMG Narrative Rubric)


Project 2
Project 2

  • Development of civic learning in freshmen taking service learning classes versus non-service learning classes

  • High-impact practices:

    • First-year seminars

    • Themed Learning Communities

  • ePortfolios are both a high-impact practice and a tool for gathering evidence

  • Evaluate ePortfolios using rubrics


Why civic learning eportfolios

Why Civic Learning ePortfolios?

How are we approaching this at IUPUI?


Value of eportfolios for service learning civic engagement
Value of ePortfolios for Service Learning & Civic Engagement

  • Most assessment tools are self-report instruments (nationally and locally)

  • Eportfolios provide “authentic” assessment evidence/data

  • Draw on strengths of Service Learning

    • critical reflection

  • Eportfolios are not just for research

    • also for course use and program assessment

    • designs can be simple or complex


Various forms of portfolios at iupui
Various forms of Portfolios at IUPUI

  • Course-based (ex - First Year Seminars , capstone)

  • Process (Matrix)

  • Assessment/Evaluation (Matrix with Evaluation tools and report functionality)

  • Presentation (both students and faculty)




Activities around eportfolios
Activities around ePortfolios

  • Faculty Development

  • Partnering with other campus units

  • Course-related activities

  • Program-related activities

  • Workshops available to our scholars, faculty, & students


Activities around eportfolios1
Activities around ePortfolios

  • Faculty Development

    • Recruited a cohort of instructors teaching a First-Year Seminar, using our campus-level ePDP (Personal Development Planner through an ePortfolio)

    • Created a Civic Learning Working Group – how were they incorporating Service Learning into their curriculum and how could the ePDP make that more visible?

    • Gave them funding for an SLA (we trained the students on the ePDP) so the faculty could focus on teaching

    • Conducted a faculty workshop on scaffolding, reflection and the ePDP


Activities around eportfolios2
Activities around ePortfolios

  • Partnering with other units on campus

    • University College (entry-point for more first year students)

    • Assisted them in developing the sections for the ePDP and the associated reflection prompts and rubrics

    • Helped with training faculty using the ePDP

    • Other ideas – Common Theme Book, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research, Student Affairs, Programs with a great deal of Service Learning


Activities around eportfolios3
Activities around ePortfolios

  • Course Related Activities

    • Identify courses already using SL

    • Introduce small activities – digital stories

      • Helps to facilitate the critical reflection process

      • Produces a product students can include in an ePortfolio if they already have one, or use to start their own

      • Engages them in an activity that yields a great deal for the students


Activities around eportfolios4
Activities around ePortfolios

  • Program Related Activities

    • Scholarship program related digital stories

      • Alternative breaks trips

      • Social justice issue

      • Focused on issues in the community

    • Departments with a great deal of service learning


Activities around eportfolios5
Activities around ePortfolios

  • Workshops available to our scholars, faculty, & students

    • ePortfolios: The Basics

    • ePortfolios: Making Meaning & Sharing with Others

    • Faculty Consultations

    • Classroom sessions


Questions comments

Questions? Comments?

Feel free to contact us!

Kristin Norris ([email protected])

Kathy Steinberg ([email protected])


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