ePortfolios as Learning Construction Zones: Provost's Perspective

ePortfolios as Learning Construction Zones: Provost's Perspective

Kathleen O’Brien (Alverno College, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-890-1.ch008
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Abstract

ePortfolios can be more than storage devices of the learner’s best work when faculty develop a curriculum that integrates them across each student’s academic career. This chapter describes how one version of an ePortfolio, designed using faculty-held learning principles and assumptions, helps students explore and extend their learning in a developmental manner. It also describes how a provost sees the ePortfolio system fulfilling an often neglected CAO responsibility: improving the educational effectiveness of faculty. The author also outlines other educational goals that can be met with a developmental ePortfolio system. Finally, the author comments on the downside of using such a system, but suggests that the benefits outweigh the deficits.

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