SHIFTING THE PARADIGM: ePORTFOLIO, LEARNING AND CHANGE
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Welcome to the 2010 Making Connections Mini Conference, on “ePortfolio, Learning and Change.” This gathering brings together faculty, staff and students from LaGuardia Community College and the Making Connections seminar for a day of exciting exchange and challenging discussion about the future of education. Thank you for your essential and valuable contribution to this conversation.
The juxtaposition of “ePortfolio, Learning and Change” raises profound questions about what we do in our classrooms and how we do it. The transformative potential of the new Web 2.0 tools at our disposal can only be realized if we move beyond a traditional “transmission” model of teaching to acknowledge that learning is an active, constructive process, requiring us to be “present” to the ways students integrate new knowledge with their prior knowledge and experience. ePortfolio has the capacity to make student learning visible, but do we have the ability to focus on, understand and use what we see to inform our own teaching and learning? Are we open and willing to undertake the levels of change that will transform classrooms and educational institutions?
As we move through the day, these issues will be reflected in the program. How do we use ePortfolio to provide a more integrative learning experience in mathematics, biology or business? How might we employ it to enable students to reflection their own identities as learners, to see connections across disciplines and to their own lives and aspirations? What happens when we pay attention to what students have learned in classes other than our own? How do we assess student readiness for further study or professional activity in light of an emerging paradigm that prioritizes integration, reflection, and life-long learning? And how can we help each other navigate this broad sea change in our own classrooms, departments, and institutions? We look to you, our participants – presenters and discussants, faculty and students -- to begin charting the course.