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Does anyone use Google Sites for student eportfolios?  Are there any pitfalls to this approach?

 

Many thanks in advance,

Stacy

 

Stacy Slocum

Chief Information Officer

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY 14618

(585) 385-8388

 

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We do. I would say that it works pretty good. Students are able with minimal effort to use Google Sites and make them their own.

The biggest challenge is to integrate any kind of assessment or feedback process. Since the sites are student-owned, they decide if they want to make them public and allow faculty members to comment. We use the matrix tool in Sakai OSP for this process.

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We've used Sites for eportfolios with success for a few years now. I don't know if we've run into any shortcomings in the way we use it.

Ted Wilder
Senior Director of Technology
Luther Seminary



Message from jfsiegl1@fcps.edu

The only  2 downsides we have encountered are that unlike other storage limits in Google Apps, the storage limit for Sites is at the Domain level not the user level. The limit is 100GB, with no ability to set per user quotas, which can be a problem for a large institution over time. There is no admin tool to tell you the amount being used and (currently) no way to buy more storage.

 

Also cleanup of old or orphaned sites can be difficult. In our testing, if a site owner gives edit rights to a user, and the site owner account is deleted (e.g. graduates) the site remains, but without an owner. There are no tools to manage this cleanup, though there are APIs for sites so this could be developed internally.

 

Jim Siegl

Technology Architect, Technology Architecture and Assessment
Department of Information Technology
Fairfax County Public Schools
703-329-7579

jim.siegl@fcps.edu

 

 

 

From: Ted Wilder [mailto:ewilder001@LUTHERSEM.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: Google Sites for eportfolio

 

We've used Sites for eportfolios with success for a few years now. I don't know if we've run into any shortcomings in the way we use it.

Ted Wilder
Senior Director of Technology
Luther Seminary


I learned from a different listserv that Clemson University uses Google Sites for eportfolio:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-8zr68OP1G4Y2Y0YzZlNTUtNTdlMi00OGFhLWJkMGMtN2Y1OGYwZWQ2MzFj/edit?hl=en

 

-Kathy

 

Kathy Fernandes
Director of System-wide LMS Initiatives



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From: Ted Wilder [mailto:ewilder001@LUTHERSEM.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:30 AM
Subject: Re: Google Sites for eportfolio

 

We've used Sites for eportfolios with success for a few years now. I don't know if we've run into any shortcomings in the way we use it.

Ted Wilder
Senior Director of Technology
Luther Seminary