I presented a discussion of e-Portfolio requirements and options to the Madonna University Faculty Information Technology Committee on Nov. 6, 2008. The ideas were essentially a reprise of what I presented at League in Salt Lake in October 2008, but the slides are totally new. A copy of the presentation is here.
Monthly Archives: December 2008
I attended the League for Innovation in Community Colleges CIT Conference in Salt Lake City, Oct 19-23. I presented a forum session on “Thinking About an E-Portfolio?”. I also hosted three round-table discussions on:
“Future Learning Mgt Systems: Web 2.0 Mashups?”
“Prophware: A Social Network for Professors”
“Web 2.0 Testbanks for Objective Tests”.
Copies of the E-Portfolio presentation are available here.
Copies of the E-Portfolio handout, which includes the questions I think folks should ask in determining their e-portfolio requirements is here.
The CWAC decided to form an ad-hoc task force to examine college-wide opportunities for e-Portfolio software. The intent is to find a way to digitize the Writing program’s portfolio assessment process and also determine whether such software might have use elsewhere on campus.
I have been a member of the College-Wide Assessment Committee since it was formed at LCC back in 2003 (2004?). I have served as the Chair of the Professional Development and Tools Sub-committee.
I attended a 3 day conference in San Diego, Dec. 8-10 presented by Academic Impressions.
The focus of the conference was Retention of Online Students. Their description was:
Retaining Students in Online Education
December 8-10 :: San Diego, CA
The promise and potential to transform lives through online learning is enormous. All too often, though, the promises of certificates and degrees are never met. Students fail to reach their potential, struggling to complete their coursework at a distance or dropping out altogether. Many institutions find that students in their online programs have a lower completion rate than students on campus. The results are costly: students’ dreams are dashed, faculty members become frustrated, potential tuition revenue is lost, and valuable online class spaces stand vacant. In order to improve online student retention, institutions need methods to track students, document student progress, and put specific practices in place to ensure student success.
Join us for the Retaining Students in Online Education conference as we discuss some practical strategies for online student retention. You will be engaged in small and large group discussions, brainstorming, and planning as you develop an action plan specific to the needs of your institution. Discussion will be centered on:
* Identifying the needs of online students
* Support strategies
* Steps to measure success
I’ll have more to report as put together a presentation and summary for LCC in January.