Campus Project Profile Section lists project overviews from the participating schools.Each school contributes valuable experience and perspectives enriching our collaborative efforts. Please create your campus profiles, update as necessary!
Dr. Jean-Yves PLAISIR (PI), Teacher Education Department
Dr. Alyse HACHEY (Co-PI), Teacher Education Department
Dr. Rachel THEILHEIMER (Co-PI), Teacher Education Department
Our primary goal in adopting ePortfolios at BMCC is to promote student reflection and professional standards throughout all courses in our early childhood education program. We focus energy on initiating and developing learning portfolios in order to build student engagement and more integrative education in our teacher education curriculum. All our students and instructors are required to do this work in 10 early childhood education courses, ranging from the 100- and 200-level courses to the 300- and 400-level courses. Our institution supports this project and shares our vision for preparing teachers who are reflective practitioners and critical thinkers.
Plaisir, J. (March 27, 2010). "Implementing ePortfolios In Teacher Education At A Community College In New York City: Values, Challenges, And Opportunities." Paper presented at the Conference of the National Association of Community Colleges Teacher Education Programs (NAACTEP). Baltimore, Maryland.
Plaisir, J. (March 19, 2010). "Making Connections: Challenges, Successes, And Added Values In ePortfolio Implementation". Paper presented at the 4th International Conference of the American
Dr. Howard Wach, Director of Instructional Technology; Department of History
Dr. Jordi Getman-Eraso, Co-Director, Honors Program; Department of History
Faculty and Administrative Participants:
Dr. Stephen Powers, Department of Education and Reading
Prof. Jeanine Kelley-Williams, Department of Art and Music
Prof. Lisa Amowitz, Department of Art and Music
Dr. Nancy Ritze, Associate Dean, Office of Institutional Research
Dr. Giulia Guarnieri, Department of Modern Languages
We are entering our third semester of e-portfolio practice with approximately 800 student users. Our focus remains largely in the areas indicated above, but we also have promising initiatives underway with the Office of Student Life, which should bring the benefits of e-portfolios to student clubs and the Student Government Association. We are also working with the General Education Committee to organize an assessment initiative, utilizing e-portfolios, that will make academic sense as well as satisfy accreditors. Our biggest challenges now are keeping up with the demand for support that a growing program generates, whether that means student tutors, IT procedures, or faculty assistance. We are also puzzling through possible strategies to keep students who have created portfolios, but who may not currently have instructors who use them, engaged with the program. It's all a moving target, and so we keep moving...
Our second faculty cohort is just beginning its first semester of work, and we are eager to bring representatives from Cohort 1 into the mix to "learn them their experience" (Y. Berra).
Program or administrative concerns are one thing. Student learning is another. We continue to see examples of great portfolios which show how aspiration, identity, and reflection can merge into academic work. We fully expect that among the 300-plus new portfolio users whose accounts we just activated, we will see more of the same.
Wach and Getman-Eraso, "A New Path to Online Learning: E-Portfolios at Bronx Community College," 15th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, Florida, October 30, 2009. See the resource area for a pdf file of this presentation.
Wach, Powers, and Kelley-Williams, "The Degree Program Model: Reflection and Assessment in Bronx Community College ePortfolios," 1st Annual AAEEBL Conference, Boston, Mass., July 21, 2010.
Marnie Evans, Director of Academic Review
Cathy Leaker, Associate Professor and Mentor (Cultural Studies)
Gohar Marikyan, Assistant Professor and Mentor (Science, Mathematics and Technology)
The goal of the e-portfolio project at the Metropolitan Center of Empire State College (ESC) is to integrate e-portfolios with our nontraditional student population and with curricula based on individualization and independent study. Our hope is that e-portfolios, particularly their potential for facilitating reflection, will help our students develop the self-directed learning skills they will need to successfully complete their degrees.
In 2010, we will be incorporating e-portfolios into three studies specifically designed to further the college’s mission of supporting nontraditional learners: ESC 101: Introduction to Individualized Study; Writing, Learning and Experience: The Prior Learning Essay and Career Building through E-Portfolio. These sequenced courses offer a strategic “entrance to exit” use of e-portfolios and will lay the foundation for broader eportfolio implementation across the college that reflects our commitment to supporting students’ lifelong learning.
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