- Telling Your Story: Making Sense of Diverse Learning Experiences A Q&A with AAEEBL President Trent Batson By Mary Grush (April 23, 2014). Trent Batson stated " I think what's being missed is that ePortfolios stay with the student. They are literally owned by the student. A student builds his or her story on how well they understand the changes they are making as they go through college. Looking at a student's ePortfolio, we are able to see evidence of learning from semester to semester and from year to year, and having capstone requirements means that students have to make sense of what they have learned during a course, or over the last year, or over multiple years. This is what students are discovering about themselves, and the story that they can tell about themselves at the end of a year, or at the end of college."
There have been a growing number of articles and software applications designed to help students, faculty, and administration build resources to develop electronic portfolios. I have been so immersed in teaching duties that I have not taken the time to check them out. As the 2013-2014 academic year concludes, I have returned to my joy of reading daily . . . today I reflected on the topic of ePortfolios. Here are a few that I suggest you check out:
The purpose of this eportfolio is two fold:
Portfolios can be used for a variety of purposes by students, faculty, staff, and employers. Today, I will begin this blog by considering the benefits of having an ePortfolio for students.
Regardless of purpose, portfolios document skills, knowledge and accomplishments through examples of work and reflection on learning outcomes. Every student should start an ePortfolio during their first semester in college and build upon it throughout their academic career. Contributing to your ePortfolio throughout your college experience will distinguish you among your peers. Why? Your ePortfolio will demonstrate your skills, knowledge, talent, and progressive improvement over your academic preparation and set you apart from the typical applicant. A resume and cover letter provides an introduction and generates curiosity regarding your potential as an employee. If you have developed an effective ePortfolio and provide the URL in the cover letter and resume, interested employers can view samples of your completed work and review your reflections concerning the learning outcomes you have accomplished in your academic preparation.
Dr. Ralston is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. The students in her electronic marketing course design and create an electronic portfolio to reflect their accomplishments during the course.
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