Title

Making Your Learning Visible and Marketable: ePortfolio as a High Impact Practice

Presenting Author Name/s

TBD

Faculty Advisor

Megan Mize

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Educational Methods | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Description/Abstract

As an emerging pedagogical tool and practice, ePortfolios are often at the intersection of anxieties regarding digital technology and active learning practices. Common misconceptions include accusations of ePortfolios as: just a flashy new tech thing, just "more work" to seem innovative, a distraction from "real" course content, and are just for assessment. However, as a high impact practice (HIP), ePortfolios offer students an active opportunity to exercise agency within the constraints of the university system, crafting for themselves a synthesized narrative of their learning experiences. Hubert, Pickavance, and Hyberger (2015) describe the active nature of ePortfolios: “When students build their e-portfolios, they also enact a shift from being a consumer to being a producer of their own education. They become learners with agency.” As the “meta” HIP, ePortfolios should: set high expectations for performance, capture a diversity of experiences, offer opportunities for interaction with peers, provide a central vehicle for constructive feedback, demonstrate an investment of time and effort, capture structured reflection, showcase real-world applications of knowledge and skills, and, above all, serve as a public display of competence. Student panelists will discuss how the experience of building, maintaining, and revising their ePortfolios have exposed them to some of these opportunities, as well as the impact it has had on their learning process and preparation for life beyond ODU. As a result of this panel, the audience should have a better understanding about the active and on-going nature of ePortfolios, as well as their potential long term value for students.

Session Title

ePortfolio Panel Discussions

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Conference Room 1313

Start Date

2-2-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 10:00 AM

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Making Your Learning Visible and Marketable: ePortfolio as a High Impact Practice

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Conference Room 1313

As an emerging pedagogical tool and practice, ePortfolios are often at the intersection of anxieties regarding digital technology and active learning practices. Common misconceptions include accusations of ePortfolios as: just a flashy new tech thing, just "more work" to seem innovative, a distraction from "real" course content, and are just for assessment. However, as a high impact practice (HIP), ePortfolios offer students an active opportunity to exercise agency within the constraints of the university system, crafting for themselves a synthesized narrative of their learning experiences. Hubert, Pickavance, and Hyberger (2015) describe the active nature of ePortfolios: “When students build their e-portfolios, they also enact a shift from being a consumer to being a producer of their own education. They become learners with agency.” As the “meta” HIP, ePortfolios should: set high expectations for performance, capture a diversity of experiences, offer opportunities for interaction with peers, provide a central vehicle for constructive feedback, demonstrate an investment of time and effort, capture structured reflection, showcase real-world applications of knowledge and skills, and, above all, serve as a public display of competence. Student panelists will discuss how the experience of building, maintaining, and revising their ePortfolios have exposed them to some of these opportunities, as well as the impact it has had on their learning process and preparation for life beyond ODU. As a result of this panel, the audience should have a better understanding about the active and on-going nature of ePortfolios, as well as their potential long term value for students.