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Good afternoon all,
We are in the beginning stages of integrating e-portfolios into campus culture and particularly interested in using them to show student development in terms of AAC&U’s Essential Learning Outcomes.  I wonder if anyone out there has (or is in the process of) integrating AAC&U’s Essential Learning Outcomes or adapting their VALUE rubrics into student portfolios/e-folios on your campus.  If so would you be willing to talk with me about your experience and/or point me to any portfolio examples that might show off success and/or initial work in this area?    
 
Thank you in advance,
Cheryl
 
Cheryl Turner Elwell | Clark University, ITS | Director of Academic Technology Services | Goddard Library, Suite 407 | 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA  01610 | celwell@clarku.edu | 508-421-3714 | www.clarku.edu/its
 
 
 
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Hello Cheryl,

I can say a little about what we're undertaking at UW Oshkosh from the implementation side of how we're working through this question. The short version would be - we've a program-level portfolio built from assignments from every general education course. The courses have declared an alignment with up to three institutional essential learning outcomes and their development has been shaped (to greater or lesser degrees) by a number of AAC&U rubrics. The portfolio collection is shaped into 'showcase' as part of capstone-like advanced writing course at the end of the general education program.

more context:
This fall we launched our University Studies Program for our first year intake. The program is a significant reform of how we offered general education and the faculty members who developed the program and courses made deliberate connections to institutional learning outcomes (developed from AAC&U's Essential Learning Outcomes). They also structured the program around three key signature questions which students examine in small learning communities as part of their first and second year. These 'structural' courses for the program are shaped by high impact practices and a focus on the first year experience. More information about the program and it's development is here http://www.uwosh.edu/usp/usphome_v2/about . The teaching community developing these courses - in particular those developing the the structural courses tied into the signature questions - spent time engaging with relevant AAC&U rubrics in their course development. For us, ePortfolio ties into the process at a program level. Each course in University Studies identified an assignment and reflective element which students will put into their ePortfolios (which are seen as learning portfolios more than showcase portfolios). This process provides students with a collection of materials from courses which have been explicitly tied essential learning outcomes and many of which have been tied to exploring particular questions. In their fourth or fifth semester students then take an advanced writing course (called Connect) which will also act, in some ways, as a mini-capstone for their experience of the university studies program. As part of that advanced writing course they will draw together a view of the 'stuff' they have collected in their portfolios and reflect on it. [I'm a little uncomfortable with capstone as a term here as we're aware that although there is summary and synthesis element students are still sophomores and juniors so it's more of a space to pause and draw together their experience of general education].Individual Instructors might choose to ask students to structure their portfolio presentations around theme questions or, perhaps, particular learning outcomes. Independently of their use for the student, the ePortfolio presentations which students create as part of the advanced writing course may also serve as samples of work for ongoing review of the program

Here's a recent presentation about the ePortfolio implementation side of things for more detail on http://www.slideshare.net/RJohnRobertson/uwb-e-portfolios-at-uw-oshkosh and an annotated collection of links to other portfolio programs http://www.uwosh.edu/lt/e-learning-development/eportfolio/copy_of_further-reading-on-eportfolios. The program is also one of the are studies featured AAC&U's publication on taking high impact practices to scale in http://secure2.aacu.org/store/detail.aspx?id=HIPQUAL . I can talk some more about the ePortfolio side of things if that is of interest although the model of implementation may differ from what you're considering.

Kind regards,
John

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