ePortfolio Pilot is Accepting New Applicants for Comparative Information

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is accepting applications for participants in a new ePortfolio pilot. The pilot was launched this summer as a collaboration between the Office of the CIO and the College of Medicine.

The pilot seeks to gather comparative information about the strength and depth of interest in having an ePortfolio tool available to the university community through the Office of the CIO. Faculty and staff who can use the tool in a course or program during the upcoming fall and winter quarters are invited to apply for the limited number of remaining spaces.

The ePortfolio tool, as its name implies, allows users to digitally collect, organize, share and present work similar to what they would do with a hard-copy portfolio. Its easy-to-use interface allows those who aren’t skilled in web design or technology to organize examples and exhibit their progress in an efficient and visually appealing manner. Participants can include pictures, essays, quizzes, URLs, and reflections as ‘artifacts’ to exhibit their progress. The ePortfolio tool is accessed via Carmen, and uploading artifacts is similar to submitting files to a dropbox or locker.

The ePortfolio accepts a wide variety of materials, and is also used for a wide variety of purposes. The main uses of ePortfolios are assessment, learning and presentation.

In the College of Medicine, for example, students will track their completion of learning goals and objectives over time. Another feature of the ePortfolio tool makes it easy for users to share artifacts with mentors or peers for commenting or collaboration.

Students can “submit” assignments to instructors within the ePortfolio itself or move things from the ePortfolio to the Carmen dropbox. For example, some ePortfolio owners write journal entries about their learning experiences, which can be shared with students and instructors of the course. Students can ask questions or give each other advice, and instructors can gain important insight from the student’s perspective. The ePortfolio tool can also be used to present artifacts for purposes such as final presentations, and potentially for future employment opportunities.

Pilot participation is now open. The pilot runs through winter 2011 for a select number of users. Applicants should have a specific course or project in mind, and be prepared to commit time to work with the Office of the CIO.

The Office of the CIO and pilot users will work together in a collaborative and mutually-beneficial effort to improve the course or program experience and develop OCIO resources for the tool. The time commitment for faculty and staff is estimated to be 10 to 15 hours (over the course of the two quarters) for training, communication, and evaluation.

A limited number of user license are available. Access to the tool will be restricted to participants and their students; participating faculty and staff must be using the tool in a structured way for a course or program. For more information about pilot participation, see the ePortfolio blog or contact Valerie Rake at rake.9@osu.edu.

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