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Examples of Using ePortfolios in a Course: Basic Spanish

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Introduction

This illustrative example of a course is one is a series of examples of using an ePortfolio approach in a course. The example is adapted from an existing course at UW Oshkosh. Each example in the series has three parts: 1) an overview of the course in question; 2) how to support sample learning activities in D2L and D2L ePortfolio; 3) an example of the finished ePortfolio presentation which might be created.

This overview of the course provides a possible course description, course requirements, and alignment with UW Oshkosh's essential learning outcomes as context for a discussion of the activities which follow in part 2.

Part 1: Course Overview

Course Description

This course will cover basic audio-linguistic skills, acquisition of an active vocabulary both within literature and out, cultural rapid reading for comprehension and fundamental concepts of grammar.

 

The design of the course is suited to creating and using an ePortfolio within the course as it blends incremental activities, research, and reflection into a cumulative project.

Course Requirements

  • Participation & Attendance: It is vital that students attend every class.  We will cover a wide breadth of material throughout every class that cannot be made up.  You must be responsible for your own education and actively participate in all classroom activities, discussions, etc.
  • Homework: Weekly homework on grammar and vocabulary will be assigned weekly and should be completed before the start of the next class.
  • Written assignments: Students will be required to short essays to the readings covered in this course.  Papers will be graded by grammar, language usage and content.
  • Class presentation: Students will be required sign up to present on a section of the book to teach to the rest of the class.  Students have ten minutes to present and a discussion should follow the presentation.  In short, every week a student will teach the class in Spanish and be a discussion leader.

 

Essential Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
  • Identification and objective evaluation of theories and assumption
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technology and information literacy
  • Knowledge of sustainability and its applications
  • Civic knowledge and engagement — local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence

 

Part 2: Alignment with Essential Learning Outcomes

Part 2 of this example will highlight different approaches to uses D2L and D2L ePortfolio to support the requirements of the course.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
  • Identification and objective evaluation of theories and assumption
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technology and information literacy

 

Activities:

  1. Utilize D2L's Dropbox for paper submissions on written reading responses, and
  2. Utilize ePortfolio's share feature to have students do peer reviews on written essays:
    sharing paper in eP
  3. Create collection on written essays: 
    spanish collection
  4. Use D2L discussions to respond to questions relating to course literature: 
    spanish discussion posts
  5. Utilize D2L Quizzes to assess grammar and vocabulary fluency, and reading comprehension.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of sustainability and its applications
  • Civic knowledge and engagement — local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence

 

Activities:

  1. Make presentation in ePortfolio to reference written work, show video/ audio/ PowerPoint/ etc. (Research paper and/ or presentation on cultural aspect of course study):  https://uwosh.courses.wisconsin.edu/d2l/eP/presentations/presentation_preview_popup.d2l?ou=93007&presId=124026&pageId=0&contextId=124026
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