Mission Impossible eFolio Minnesota: A Statewide Electronic Portfolio Infrastructure Paul Wasko – eFolio Minnesota Director Tiffni Deeb, Manager – Century College Jim Deacon, Manager – Inver Hills Community College AACC 2004 X
The challenge!! • Design and implement an electronic portfolio that would support: • Students • Educators • Workers/professionals
The result!!! • eFolio MinnesotaTM was launched in August of 2002 and is available to all: • Minnesota residents • Minnesota students • Public employees within the state • At no cost!
Today…… • As of April 1st there are over 15,400 registered users which represents a growth of over 600% since January of 2003. • In March 2004 there were over 2 million hits with over 42,000 visitors to the sites.
The eFolio Minnesota journey.. …. getting there can be half the fun.
Laying the foundation…starting off on the right foot • Funding for this effort came through a FIPSE administered Congressional Award that was intended to ramp up e-learning efforts within the Minnesota State College and University system (MnSCU). • By all definitions eFolio Minnesota has been deemed a “success”. Some the key reasons for this success involved how the project was initially structured: • Project teams • Assumptions • Key partners
Project teams • Three teams were established: student, educator, and worker. In addition, there was a design committee that met briefly on design/layout aspects of the project. • Teams chaired by individuals knowledgeable in their fields. • Each team was allowed to create their own “culture” with the worker team focusing on how this could be a multi-media resume, the educator team looked at how this effort should support professional development, and the student team focused on a students use of this tool within a classroom or learning setting.
Assumptions…CRITICAL • Assume the value of portfolios within an education and workforce setting. • One size does NOT fit all – personal customization key. • Owned by the individual and not by the institution - learner driven. • Need to accommodate reflections for a lifetime worth of learning and work. • “Word processor” technology literacy for users.
More assumptions • “Nothing but net!” Everything should be web based. • “KISS – keep it simple stupid” If a simple alternative presents itself - take it! • Accommodate our multi-media world. • Provide for help tools and templates to assist users. • Provide for security mechanisms that keep the user in control. • Make it free!!
Development – when rubber meets the sky. • Development work began in the late fall of 2001 and was complete for alpha testing to begin in the spring of 2002. • www.efoliominnesota.com was launched in August of 2002 and was re-launched in May 2003 after a re-design effort. • Enhancements continue to come on line as Avenet makes changes to their core code and/or additional resources become available.
Browser-baser user interface/site management tools Content: text, HTML, images, audio, and video Display engine Interactive tools: forms, surveys, and events An end-users view of eFolio Minnesota Public views User – portfolio owner Restricted views
Seeing is believing!! • Projects can look great on paper but the real measurement for a project’s success is whether it has a made a difference for the people and organizations it is intended to serve. Two great examples for eFolio Minnesota can be found at: • Century College (www.century.mnscu.edu) • Inver Hills Community College (www.inverhills.mnscu.edu)
Century College • College Initiative To raise awareness concerning the uses of electronic portfolios in higher education and to support students and faculty in using efolios to enhance learning • Utilize the eFolio Minnesota tool to support Century’s accreditation process and other functions of the college by creating an institutional eFolio.
Century College • The following courses are offered: • Creating an Electronic Portfolio • Portfolios for Educators I • Portfolios for Educators II • Kitchen & Bath, VCT, Horticulture, Nursing programs are working on incorporating eFolios into classes and programs • Offered hands on training to students, faculty, and staff • First year probationary faculty are encouraged to use eFolio Minnesota to document progress.
Inver Hills Community College • Urban Teacher Program had interest • Early Pilot site
Inver Hills Community College • Two one credit courses approved • EDU 1196 Electronic Portfolio • using the tool • EDU 1197 Electronic Portfolio • Choosing artifacts • Two courses now combined • Established INTS 1196
Inver Hills Community College • What we have found • Tool is easy to teach • Building the content takes the most guidance
What the future holds • State level • Lifecycle costs - We are exploring a number of ways to raise future revenues (e.g. selling additional disc space). • Business agreement with Avenet – Avenet is marketing eFolio around the country. • Other Minnesota efforts – The Board of Teacher and the Department of Education are both interested in how eFolio Minnesota can support their efforts. • Local level • “Adoption” by schools and workforce centers. • Local customization.
Thank you!!!! Paul Wasko email@example.com 651-649-5956 Tiffni Deeb firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Deacon email@example.com