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  1. An Introduction to LiveText: ePortfolios and Beyond Webinar Series October 26, 2011

  2. Supporting Students and Learners (at All Levels) • Reflective Learning Practices have driven the design of LiveText technology • Students can easily archive their body of work over multiple semesters and multiple courses to more easily see and reflect on their own growth and development • This is also true for faculty creating ePortfolios and can help improve their teaching through reflection (and document Tenure and Promotion) • Program portfolios for Program Review Processes • Student – Centered Technology • Students are the focal point and control their work • Students can pick and choose various artifacts from their entire educationexperience, and make modifications for different purposes or different audiences

  3. Promoting Student Success • Extensive Feedback Capabilities • Faculty or Reviewer can post comments directly in the ePortfolio • “Previous Submissions” feature succinctly tracks back and forthinteractions between student and faculty • Rubric-based evaluation helps with collecting program-level data, in addition to providing feedback to the student • Helping Students to Achieve Their Goals • Skill Development and Degree Completion • Clear and Organized Articulation of Their Success • Depth of Learning is Easily Accessible to other Audiences, such as Employers, Parents, or Admissions Officers

  4. Shift in Accreditation to a Student-Centered Focus The Question: Are your students really learning what you think you are teaching them? Recent trend in Accreditation requirements to focus on outcomes-based assessment of student performance. Teaching  Learning Faculty Qualifications  Student Outcomes Standardized Tests  Performance-Based Assessment Snapshot assessments  Evidence of growth and development over time GPA / Test Scores  Portfolio

  5. Some Background on LiveText, Inc. • Founded in 1998 • Higher Education Focus Since 2000 • Over 500 Member Institutions • First-to-market with web-based ePortfolios • Assessment Technology to Support Program Improvement andAccreditation • NCATE/TEAC, AACSB/ACBSP/IACBE, WASC, SACS, HLC, Middle States, NEASC, NWASC, etc. • Comprehensive Solution and Partner • Software • Support (Consulting and Tech Support) • Community (Annual Conference, Regional Events, etc.)

  6. Some Member Institutions

  7. LiveText Supports the Assessment Process Technology designed specifically to support the assessment process Customized to fit your program, not a “standardized” approach Supports unlimited custom templates for eportfolios Comprehensively designed to assess student growth and development over time, based on your program’s rubrics, skills, and standards


  9. Highly Integrated ePortfolio System • Course catalogue, student roster, and optional student demographic can be imported from Student Information Systems (Banner, Datatel, PeopleSoft, etc.) • Imports can be manually uploaded or scripted to run automatically • Integrated with Blackboard via Building Block • Integrated with Moodle • Integrated with TurnItIn

  10. E-Portfolio • Students, faculty, or programs can create electronic portfolios of their work • All file extensions can be added as references or “artifacts” • Portfolios can be shared with others for view-only access, review (comments and/or rubric review), or editing access • Common types of student portfolios include Outcomes-Based; Employment; or Course • Full HTML-editing and export capabilities

  11. Formative Feedback and Comments Tool • LiveText portfolios or LiveText documents can be commented on directly • Students/authors can see comments and make changes to subsequent versions of their work • Comments are available at many levels: overall general comment, pages, sections, and text-level • Feedback helps with the pedagogy of learning; students do not “accept all” (like in MS Word) but have to reflect on comment and incorporate changes

  12. File Manager Tool (available to all users) • All work uploaded as an assignment or as a file attachment to a portfolio is stored in the “File Manager” • File Manager is like the MyDocs in Windows, and stores all student work in one place • Files are available for later use as long as the account is still active • Files can be uploaded in multiple versions of e-portfolios, such as an employment or resume portfolio at graduation

  13. Learning Outcomes are Defined by Program

  14. Rubric Results - Learning Outcomes Assessment • Assessment data is aggregated by rubric, and can be disaggregated by various filters • Reports are clickable – i.e., evidence of student work samples are available through the report by clicking on the number in the table • Report calculates mean, mode, standard deviation • Inter-rater summary available for multiple assessors using a common rubric • Results can be stored in “Exhibit Center” or exported to Excel / CSV / PDF

  15. To learn more, visit Katie Kalmus Director, Product and Customer Development LiveText / NYC C: 703.989.7937