About the Initiative
The e-Portfolio initiative is an attempt to make portfolios a greater part of the learning experience for students and the professional development practices of faculty and staff. Several initial steps are being taken to foster this development:
- Moving the portfolio platform from being desktop-based using site building applications, such as Dreamweaver, to a web-based platform using Moveable Type.
- Incorporating a reflective blog component into the portfolio.
- Creating a portfolio workshop designed to get attendees publishing right away.
- Creating a portfolio community space with a fresh look and dynamic content.
On the back end we will need to build an infrastructure to support the initiative. This includes involving the instructional designers and other support staff across the commonwealth. This could be done by inviting the staff who support teaching and learning to participate in shaping the contents of the workshop. We should also consider train-the-trainer style sessions so pertinent staff in the colleges and campuses will be able to deliver the workshop and support the growth of portfolio use in their respective domain.
The workshop and community space are being developed over the summer 09. Both will be "released" in beta form over the fall 09.
Scheduled portfolio workshops include:
- 9/1/09 e-Portfolio for 1st Year Seminar Students (4:40-5:55, 24 Carnegie) (contact person: Jo Dumas)
- 9/2/09 e-Portfolio for CSA (1:30-2:30, 303 Rackley) (contact: Glenn Johnson
- 9/2/09 e-Port for 1st Year Seminar Students (11:15-12:05, 1 Carnegie) (Contact Maura Shea)
- 9/10/09 e-Portfolio for 1st yr experience (4:15-5:30) (Contact Matt McAllister)
- 10/16/09 pilot with faculty in Harrisburg (contact person: Carol McQuiggan)
- 10/24/09 Freshman seminar for the College of Education.
- 11/24/09 e-Portfolio for Graduate Students
- Winterfest Two e-portfolio workshops will be available for faculty and staff (contact person: Heather Ormsby)
- Summerfest Two e-portfolio workshops will be available for faculty and staff (contact person: Heather Ormsby
- Amy Roche, Berks, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brad Kozlek, UP
- Carol McQuiggan, HBG
- Erin Long, UP
- Jeff Swain, UP
- Kristin Bittner, HBG
- Wayne Anderson, Behrend (G:weanders)
- Cheryl Tkacs, Fayette
- Carla Zembal-Saul, Faculty Fellow, UP, assisting as a consultant.
- Additional team members as needed, e.g. developers, designers, technologists
About the Portfolio Workshop
The e-Portfolio Workshop is designed to get attendees comfortable with personal publishing on the web. Using the Blogs@PSU platform attendees will learn how to build an electronic portfolio that includes a reflective blog element.
Creating an Electronic Portfolio: Developing a Professional Presence on the Web
Electronic Portfolios (e-Portfolios) are becoming standard practice for academics, students, and professionals. e-Portfolios are dynamic developmental spaces representing your professional "self" on the Web, They are generally comprised of examples of skill and achievement as well as a reflective blog element. This hands-on workshop is designed to get attendees comfortable publishing on the Web right from the start.
See the e-Portfolio Workshop page for details.
About the Portfolio Community Space
The portfolio community space will be created using Movable Type and will replace the current portfolio web page e-Portfolios at Penn State. This space should be vibrant and vital with constant updates and new information to draw people back. Elements to include on the portfolio community space:
- Featured spaces (perhaps members of the PSU community doing interesting things with portfolios) Click-able thumbnail images
- Video tutorials Click-able thumbnail images
- External Resources
- News, Events, Community tabs containing information related to portfolios
Preview of the new e-Portfolio space:
- five-4-six: e-portfolio. My writings on e-portfolio.
- e-Portfolios at Penn State
- The Blogs at Penn State Point out second use of Blogs at PSU in the graphic... "PORTFOLIOS - Plan and reflect upon your learning at Penn State. Show samples of your work, photos, and media. Connect with potential employers."
- Wikipedia: Electronic portfolio
- eduStyle Reviews university web pages
- Faculty Fellow: Carla Zembal-Saul
- Tales from the magic wand. Carla Zembal-Saul's writings on e-portfolio.
- Pictaculous A color palette generator for the web
- Clemson University ePortfolio Program This is for students and is a good structured website to deliver ePortfolio information
- Helen Barrett's Blog Expert of ePortfolios within education (k-12, higher ed, and professionally)
- Learning How to Become a Reflective Learner Resource to explain the reflective nature of utilizing Blogs at Penn State for an ePortfolio.
- eFolio Pennsylvania Program to establish a multimedia electronic portfolio management system that can be utilized by all Pennsylvania residents and students registered at Pennsylvania higher education institutions.
- E-portfolios at 2.0 - Surveying the Field Download an eportfolio article from AACU's Peer Review journal written by J. Elizabeth Clark and Bret Eynon.
- IDEA Paper #44 The Learning Portfolio: A Powerful Idea for Significant Learning by John Zubizarreta