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ePortfolios and the USP: Instructor Guide

An overview of how the designated assignment from a course contributes to a student's USP ePortfolio

If you are teaching a Quest or Explore course, your course contributes to the a body of work students create and reflect on as part of the University Studies Program (USP).

How does the ePortfolio process and critical reflection fit with my course?

In the design of your course you select a key assignment and a reflection in or on that assignment for the student's USP ePortfolio.

Students produce this work and, in parallel with submitting this work to your course, they put a copy of it into their ePortfolio.

Slide from handouts illustrating a course in USP and it's contribution to the program ePortfolio

 

Beyond this nomination of a key assignment (which occurred as part of the course approval process), one of the great opportunities and challenges is to help the student place this assignment into the wider context of the USP and their degree. The challenge is to shape the assignment, discussion about it, and reflection on it so as to help the student framing your course in a bigger context. To help them make the type of connections that you make in your course design process, to link the course and assignment to:

    • Essential Learning Outcomes

    • Disciplinary knowledge

    • Liberal Education

    • Signature Questions

 

An illustration of the artifact / key assignments produced by the course and framing them in the context of the USP and the USP ePortfolio

 

The opportunity is that, as students think about and reflect on those connections and their academic and personal growth through their coursework, they will not only have more personal engagement with their courses, but also will be developing as self-directed lifelong learners and taking more responsibility for their studies. Students will also use the gathered assignments from throughout USP for use in the Connect course, and beyond both for their future résumés and potentially in their Majors.

Going Further

If you're interested in using an ePortfolio approach within your own course please have a look at the other resource pages on the left hand side. These include a materials from and a recording of a workshop series CETL, Learning Technologies, and the Provost's Office ran on the ePortfolio process, reflection, and assessment. If you would like to talk about your course development or arrange a departmental workshop.