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An Introduction to LiveText: ePortfolios and Beyond

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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

  8. PRODUCT SCREENSHOTS

  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 http://livetext.com Katie Kalmus Director, Product and Customer Development LiveText / NYC katie@livetext.com C: 703.989.7937