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Re-imagining ePortfolios Assignments. Joshua Coon, Ph.D. April 19, 2013. Background. I teach Math 1050 and 1090 at Salt Lake Community College Part of the course curriculum is for students to do a “signature assignment” for their ePortfolio

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re imagining eportfolios assignments

Re-imagining ePortfolios Assignments

Joshua Coon, Ph.D.

April 19, 2013

background
Background
  • I teach Math 1050 and 1090 at Salt Lake Community College
  • Part of the course curriculum is for students to do a “signature assignment” for their ePortfolio
  • Most students see this as a burden rather than opportunity
common complaints
Common Complaints
  • “Never going to use this later”
    • No value for career
  • “Won’t show to my boss”
    • Not professional
  • “Distracts from curriculum”
    • Need to pass the final
  • “Pointless”
reinventing eportfolio assignments
Reinventing ePortfolio Assignments
  • Never going to use this later”
    • Make valuable for career
  • “Won’t show to my boss”
    • Professional looking work
  • “Distracts from curriculum”
    • Relevant to course materials
standard format
Standard Format
  • Math 1050: Example
  • Math 1090: Example
standard eportfolio approach
Standard ePortfolio Approach
  • The decent: Example
  • The average: Example
  • The bad: Example
problems
Problems?
  • Too rigid to allow creativity
    • Reflective writing only potential outlet
  • Lack of clear presentation
    • Scans or pictures of assignments
  • Not sufficiently professional
    • Students preparing for business world
solution
Solution
  • More creativity
    • Move away from short answer format
  • Visually pleasing structure
    • Paper format
  • Connection to outside world
    • Chance to discuss applications/connections
assignment structure
Assignment Structure
  • Please make sure to rewrite this into a paper format, as instructed in class.
  • The format for the paper should be roughly as follows:
  • -2-3 pages, single spaced
  • -Summarize the problem and different solution approaches
  • -Show your arithmetic
  • -Business or scientific format
  • -Correct grammar and spelling
  • -Individual final reports
  • -No plagarism
improved eportfolio assignments
Improved ePortfolio Assignments
  • The good: Example
  • The better: Example
  • The very good: Example
improvements
Improvements
  • Paper format
    • Greater student freedom
  • Nicer presentation
    • Something presentable during job interview
  • Similar to business assignments
    • Boss may ask student to write report
group discussion
Group Discussion
  • Refer to handouts
  • Three problems with current ePortfolio assignments
  • Three possible improvements
future eportfolio improvements
Future ePortfolio Improvements
  • Give students examples of professional work
    • Something for students to aim for
  • Continue to improve my Eportfolio
    • Lead by example
  • Multi-part assignments over the course of the semester
    • Large project in small parts
conclusions
Conclusions
  • ePortfolios can be significantly improved
  • Starting point is the assignments
  • Rethinking traditional approach is essential
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