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ePortfolio Purpose

ePortfolio Purpose Video Transcript

Short video responses about ePortfolios in the University Studies Program at UW Oshkosh Transcript:
Joe Infusino-Braun: The purpose I beleive of the ePortfolio in the university studies program is going to be answering those key three questions that we have as far as general education.
Sarah Kofler: The purpose of the ePortfolio and USP its a great assessment tool for students. They upload assignments for their classes, and they can look back as they build the contents of their portfolio, and look at the progress that they've made.
Samantha Looker: From my perspective the main purpose that the eportfolio serves for universities studies is to provide a record of the learning that the students are doing, and that record can be used for a number of different things. So it might be something that the students can look back at to reflect on their learning. Also something that instructors can reflect on for how well they're teaching the concepts, and how the program can reflect on what we’ve been doing as a program. But its all there as a record.
Sarah Bradway: ePortfolio is a great way for students to internalise their learning process to a deeper level. It's also technically speaking, a great way to store their items that they're learning and evidence of their learning practices.
Austin Pippin: For me being a tutor, its very important that I’m able go back and look at things that I’ve learned so I can re-teach it to other students as well.
Joe Infusino-Braun: The purpose I beleive of the ePortfolio in the university studies program is going to be answering those key three questions that we have as far as general education.
Sarah Kofler: The purpose of the ePortfolio and USP its a great assessment tool for students. They upload assignments for their classes, and they can look back as they build the contents of their portfolio, and look at the progress that they've made.
Samantha Looker: From my perspective the main purpose that the eportfolio serves for universities studies is to provide a record of the learning that the students are doing, and that record can be used for a number of different things. So it might be something that the students can look back at to reflect on their learning. Also something that instructors can reflect on for how well they're teaching the concepts, and how the program can reflect on what we’ve been doing as a program. But its all there as a record.
Sarah Bradway: ePortfolio is a great way for students to internalise their learning process to a deeper level. It's also technically speaking, a great way to store their items that they're learning and evidence of their learning practices.
Austin Pippin: For me being a tutor, its very important that I’m able go back and look at things that I’ve learned so I can re-teach it to other students as well.

 

ePortfolio Challenges

ePortfolio Challenges Video Transcript

A short set of comments about the some of the anticipated challenges of ePortfolio adoption as part of USP at UW Oshkosh:
Sara Kofler: I think the biggest challenge in adopting the ePortfolio into the USP is making sure that the instructors are comfortable using it. I mean everybody has varying comfort levels when they use technology and I think the instructors need to be very comfortable with it to implement the ePortfolio into their curriculum.
Austin Pippin: Having people understand how to use ePortfolio completely and correctly and understand exactly what its for and how its suppose to be used. I know we're talking about using it as a reflection process, and it might be difficult to have students understand the importance of using this reflection for each class until they finally realise after they take it that they would have had a good tool to go back and use as references.
Sara Bradway: I think the biggest challenge for ePortfolio adoption is going to be the multiple methods that instructors are going to be adopting ePortfolio into their classes. One instructor could be using it completely differently than a different instructor.
Samantha Looker: I think getting a clear sense of what exactly everyone needs to be doing with the ePortfolio; may still be a lot of questions there. As well as issues of comfort with the technology; understanding of how the technology works. Because even if the instructors don't have to use it themselves, they'll probably want to have a vague sense of what it is so they can help students.

 

ePortfolio Opportunities

ePortfolio Opportunities Video Transcript

A short set of comments about the some of the opportunities available with ePortfolio adoption as part of USP at UW Oshkosh:
Sarah Bradway: I think one of the best things is also the multiple ways that instructors can use ePortfolio in their classes. Some are going to be using it very standardized and its going to be very cut and straight forward. And others are going to be using it in a very different method, and I'm very interested to see how all those things shake out in the end.
Joe Infusino-Braun: I think that the biggest opportunity that ePortfolio can have is once you're done with all your general eds and done with everything else, you have something to reflect on and something to say this is what I did with my general education.
Sarah Kofler: The best thing about ePortfolio; I think is the chance for students to have all their material in one place and they can look back and see all the improvements they've made in their academic careers and I think they can see all the success they've achieved through the USP.
Samantha Looker: What's most exciting to me about the ePortfolio is, I look at everything from the perspective of what my students will get out of it. And to me, just them having tangible proof of their learning is so important. That they can over the course of one class or over multiple semesters really see heres what I’ve done, heres what ive learned from my experience, and rather than simply talking about the connections they can see the connections happening and see their own growth happening. And I’m really excited for that.