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ePortfolios for the Metro Academies of Health: Using high impact practices to improve student transfer

Kevin Kelly and Savita Malik


Metro academies and efolio
Metro Academies and eFolio

A Partnership for College Success

An Approach for Reform of the

First Two Years of College

Funding by

The James Irvine Foundation &

Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education--U.S. Department of Education


Presentation topics
Presentation Topics

  • Needs and drivers behind the project

  • About the Metro Health Academies

  • MHA High Impact Practices

  • Use of ePortfolios


Addressing educational inequity
Addressing Educational Inequity

California has the most diverse population in the country, yet we rank behind the rest of the country in percentage of students age 25 and older who have a bachelor’s degree, within 5 years (PPIC report, 2009).

California is ranked 50th in percent of college graduates who are African American and Latino/a who complete a certificate, degree or transfer to university within six years (Shulock et al., 2008).


California Needs More College Graduates

  • By 2020, California is expected to have:

  • too many workers without a college education

  • too few with a college degree

Percentage

--PPIC 2008: “California’s Future Workforce: Will

There Be Enough College Graduates?“


Deeper Educational Inequity

Nationwide, only 66 percent of four-year college students complete a baccalaureate degree within six years (Kirsch et al., 2007).

First-generation students who attended any nationwide postsecondary institution, were more than twice as likely to leave without earning a degree (Chen, 2005).

Among entering freshman students the more economically privileged student was more likely to graduate within six years (Bowen et al., 2009).


The Harsh Truth

Student Pipeline Transition and Completion Rates from High School to College, 2006

Note. Adapted from “Progress and Completion: Retention Rates—First-Time College Freshmen Returning Their Second Year,” from the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis [Data Set]. Retrieved from http://www.higheredinfo.org.

For low-income, first-generation college students, lack of engagement leads to a much higher drop out rate between year one and year two as well as a lower graduation rate overall (Bowen, Chingos & McPherson, 2009).


“Commitment to expanded college access must be anchored in an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

--College Learning & the Global Century, 2007


Addressing Health Inequity an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

“Our life expectancy is among the worst compared to other rich countries.”

--Dr. Stephan Bezruchka, University of Washington

“[There is] a 20-year gap in life expectancy between the most and least advantaged populations in the USA.”

--Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies


Educating new community leaders who work upstream an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Socio-Ecological Model

Medical Model

Adapted from Dr. Tony Iton’s model of socio-ecological change


Challenges of an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

health and educational inequity

require innovative and systematic approaches.

Think outside the 3-unit box!


Metro program developed from evidence based research in higher education
Metro Program: an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”Developed from Evidence-Based Researchin Higher-Education

College Learning for the New Global Century

Liberal Education & America’s Promise (LEAP)American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

High-Impact Education Practices:

What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter

By George D. Kuh (AAC&U)

Opening Doors

Two-Year Effects of a Freshmen Learning Community Program at Kingsborough Community College, conducted by MDRC


High-Impact Educational Practices an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Tailored to Metro Curriculum

  • Early Childhood and Equity/Social Justice Focus:

    • Engaging the “Big Questions” that matter beyond the classroom

    • Contextualized, engaged learning using repeated practice of

  • foundation skills

Writing & Reading

Quantitative

Reasoning

Information Literacy


High-Impact Educational Practices an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Tailored to Metro Curriculum

  • II. Student Learning Community

  • Randomized Controlled results showed students LC had:

    • Higher academic achievement

    • Better Retention

    • Greater Satisfaction with College Life

    • Improved quality of thinking and communication

    • Better understanding of self and others

    • Greater ability to bridge the gap between academic and social worlds

*Results from the MDRC & Kingsborough Community College Opening Doors Study


High-Impact Educational Practices an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Tailored to Metro Curriculum

III. Repeated Practice in Foundation Skills of Academic

Success

COMM 150/

ETHS 110

English 214

Math 124

Three GE courses (writing, critical thinking or oral communication and quantitative reasoning) linked and integrated with three Metro courses for repeated practice and contextualization in health and social justice content.


High-Impact Educational Practices an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Tailored to Metro Curriculum

  • IV. High and Clear Expectations and

  • Strong Academic Counseling

  • Rigorous coursework articulated

  • between CSU and community college

  • Individual education plans developed

  • with academic counselor

  • Increased academic counseling with early intervention

  • Shared classroom management agreements with clear expectations


High-Impact Educational Practices an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Tailored to Metro Curriculum

V. Writing-Intensive Courses with Tutorial Support

Scaffolded writing assignments with repeated practice across the

curriculum and systematically

reinforced skills

Technical writing, persuasive essays, proofreading, peer review

Thesis statement, supporting an argument, complex sentence structure, transitions, APA style and citations

Grammar, spelling, verb tense, sentence and paragraph structure, understanding the writing process and strategies

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3


High-Impact Educational Practices an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Tailored to Metro Curriculum

VI. Faculty Learning Communityto Enhance Instruction

Learn effective pedagogical techniques to deepen students level of inquiry, reading comprehension, and writing skills.


MHA Theory of Change an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Short-Term Outcome:

Improved College Skills

and Greater Social Support

Strong Identity as a Motivated Student

Improved Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, Quantitative Reasoning

Growing Understanding of – Sensitivity to – Social Inequality

Growing Interest in Applied Learning

Feeling Connected College to Life (“I belong here.”; “I feel I am a part of things here.”)

Greater Sense of Community: Supportive Relationships with Students, Faculty, and Staff

Long-Term Outcomes:

Greater College Success

Retention

Grades

Advancement in chosen field of study

Degree completion

Moving toward career Goals

Commitment to civic engagement and social justice

  • Positive Social Change:

  • Stronger community leadership

  • 2) More effective college graduates in the workplace


Some educational activities are more effective than others an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

“Historically underserved students tend to benefit more from engaging educational purposeful activities than majority students.”

-- Kuh, George D., “High-Impact Educational Practices,” LEAP & AAC&U


“American education calls for a an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

far-reaching shift in the focus of schooling from accumulating course credits to building real-world capabilities.”

-- College Learning for the New Global Century, 2007


Eportfolio linking
ePortfolio linking an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”


Meaning making and ePortfolios an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

  • "Important to the act of meaning making is the documentation of a student’s learning path and process and the formation of rich, sustained relationships created through reflection upon the documentation. In this sense, the documentation process does not create a definitive end product but leads to a portfolio that is open to continual reflection and re-examination."Smits, H., et al. (2005, Fall). Deepening Understanding of Inquiry Teaching and Learning with E-Portfolios in a Teacher Preparation Program. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 31(3). Retrieved on 01 July 2008 from CJLT website: http://www.cjlt.ca/content/vol31.3/smits.html


Meaning making and ePortfolios an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

  • Penny Light < Rodgers < Dewey on "[r]eflection as a meaning-making process": "… how learners move from one experience to the next and how they make connections between and among those experiences."Penny Light, T. (2008, Spring). Making Connections: Developing Students' Historical Thinking with Electronic Portfolios. Academic Intersections, 2. Retrieved on 02 July 2008 from Apple Learning Interchange website: http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php?itemID=14182&version=3639&pageID=9015


The ePortfolio process an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

  • Collect

  • Select

  • Reflect

  • Build

  • Publish

  • Connect, link & share


Collect work an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

  • Students collect digital Files/Artifacts including:

  • Assignments, Course Projects& Reflective Writing

  • PPT Presentations & Recordings

  • Images/Visuals/Videos

  • Internships, Community Service

  • Co-Curricular Activities

  • Professional Development


Select an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Students select examples of work that best meet the learning objectives outlined in portfolio or that show the strongest connections with a specific audience.

  • Use different tags to match artifacts with different objectives or audiences


Reflect an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

For each artifact students include, they will also include a reflective statement or description--to articulate a rationale for your choice.

  • How does each artifact demonstrate a proficiency, meet a particular objective, etc.


Build an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

MHA students will use eFolio to build and maintain ePortfolios throughout the program, no matter where they start.


Publish and share an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

  • Beyond academic requirement(s), students may choose how widely you want to share your ePortfolio.

  • Many employers and graduate programs are now welcoming digital portfolios. Students often include a link to their ePortfolio on resumes, applications, or introductory emails.


Mapping ePortfolio artifacts an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

GE

Objectives:

A

B

C

Program

Objectives:

A

B

C


Our contact info goes here an equally strong commitment to educational excellence.”

Kevin Kelly

[email protected]

Savita [email protected]


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