I recently talked with my friend and colleague, Chrissie Mitchel from Dutchess Community College, about our eportfolio implementation process at Stony Brook. Stony Brook University was involved in the Making Connections and Connect to Learn. See our Catalyst for Learning site – http://c2l.mcnrc.org (this might be a model for ePortfolio Professional Development and Research that we at SUNY might want to follow.)
Here are some tips and things we learned about implementing a new learning process and technology (please reply and add your tips to the list:
1. identify your campus needs and purposes for eportfolios
2. identify your campus learning culture
3. identify your bright spots — which faculty, courses, and departments are candidates for implementing
the eportfolio (integrative learning) process and outcome- based assessment
4, identify learning outcomes that will be enhanced by the eportfolio process
5. identify budget constraints and software availability — also compatibility between other platforms such
as LMS, Authentication, and CRN.
Start to draft a strategic plan for eportfolio implementation.
Next step is to get representatives from your Bright Spots list and the innovative stakeholders together.
1. Call the group an ePortfolio Community of Interest (avoid using the C word … committee).
2. Make an ePortfolio Review List with all the system “must haves”.
3. Start inviting vendors to present on campus and talk to other colleges and universities with eportfolio
4. Develop an interview list for these fact finding interviews, also.
Remember, Open Source Systems are NOT free – identify the costs involved (servers, storage,
back-up, support, salaries, etc.) We found that, for our needs, implementing Mahara would be double
the cost of a third party vendor and our ITS people didn’t have an open source mindset.
Wouldn’t work for us.
Here are the TOP TEN on our check list:
1. must be available for all
2. ability for student, faculty, and staff to own, design, and maintain eportfolio after graduation or
3. help support and system maintenance must be supplied by off campus organization or firm
4. must have assessment feature with rubric and standards builder and reporting system
5. design (layout) must facilitate and enhance the flow of scientific thought – inquiry and evidence-based
reflection (ability to build templates)
6. ease of use – low learning curve
7. ability to embed multimedia and support multimodal learning experiences and expressions
8. blogging (comments) feature for instructional and peer to peer review and social media abilities
9. learning community feature
10. must allow for individual, custom design
I invite you to add your ePortfolio Implementation Strategies and Tips.