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E-Folio Road Trip: Tales of an Academic Traveling Team’s Breakthrough Experience. Shari Bemis – Instructor, Computer Science Sue Castriotta - Assistant Dean Sciences and Social Sciences Jenny Darrow – Manager, Academic Technology. 4-year public liberal arts college 5,100 students
E-Folio Road Trip:Tales of an Academic Traveling Team’s Breakthrough Experience Shari Bemis – Instructor, Computer Science Sue Castriotta - Assistant Dean Sciences and Social Sciences Jenny Darrow – Manager, Academic Technology
4-year public liberal arts college • 5,100 students • 181 tenure-track faculty • 224 adjunct faculty • 400+ Education majors Keene State College Profile
Pervasive culture of resistance • Small numbers of innovators and early adopters • Nearing 10 years of CMS usage • 60% adoption Keene State College Profile
Education Department Needs: • State of NH Accreditation visit Spring 2005 • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) visitFall 2007 • E-Portfolio Task Force Survey Results Fall 2006 E-PORTFOLIO DRIVERS:
INTEREST IN E-PORTFOLIOS IS MAGNIFIED: • New Provost hired Summer 2006 • Heightened interest in the academic use of technology • University System of New Hampshire holds e-portfolio forum November 2006 • Status reports given on e-portfolio adoption at each institution • Helen Barrett presents to provide context for e-portfolio usage
SUPPORT FOR E-PORTFOLIOS IS MAGNIFIED: • E-portfolio Planning Committee formed Spring 2007 • Curricular and co-curricular areas included • [Oversized] Charge developed • Included product review and selection, identification of cross-campus uses, template and rubric development, pedagogical strategies, policy creation, and e-portfolio pilot • Keene State College brings Helen Barrett to campus to present to its faculty and staff April 2007
ACADEMIC TRAVELING TEAM FORMED • Planning Committee members invited to attend summer e-portfolio institute at Stanford University • Attendees: 2 Faculty, 2 Assistant Deans, College Web Master, Academic Technology Manager
“So, what is it that you want out of this institute…?” • WHY: What is the motivation behind your interest in e-portfolios? • WHO and WHERE: Who do you envision using e-portfolios and at what stages are they in their development? • TOOLS: What tools and/or technologies are you considering? • BACKGROUND: What is your educational environment like? What is your frame of reference? • GOALS: What high priority tasks does your team expect to address during the institute?
“Finding technology solutions that work in our context are important which means allowing students to be creative and tell their own stories.” Tracy Penny-Light
Lack of common understanding about e-portfolios BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR TRAVELING TEAM:
TEAM EPIPHANY – STANFORD UNIVERSITYE-PORTFOLIO INSTITUTE • Opportunity to hear what other institutions are doing with e-portfolios • Need, approach, challenges… • Institute encouraged participants to look at process, not focus on product • The result – team synergy, energy, and understanding around e-portfolios
Faculty, college, and programmatic considerations http://stanfordeport07.pbwiki.com/
UPON OUR RETURN… • Instructional Technology staff moved from IT Group to Academic Affairs • Product Decision Required within One Month of Our Return – became the focus of the committee • Approval through campus committees took another 2 months • Committee concerns focused on product • Results were little time spent on e-portfolio uses • Problematic given the expectation of an e-portfolio pilot during Spring 2008 semester
WHERE WE ARE NOW • Focus shifted away from Student Learning to Assessment • Committee charge initially unchanged • Assessment Needs: • New England Association Schools and Colleges (NEASC) visit Fall 2010 • Implementation of a new General Education program (renamed Integrative Studies) • Small e-portfolio pilot in Education dept. on-going • Long-term product solution yet to be determined • Possibility of having multiple products available based on need
Keene State college Academic traveling team Shari Bemis – firstname.lastname@example.org Sue Castriotta – email@example.com Jenny Darrow – firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Caulfield - email@example.com Pru Cuper – firstname.lastname@example.org Melinda Treadwell – email@example.com