Electronic Portfolios I - Introduction

City University 2003-2004 Academic Year

Description: Developing and using an electronic portfolio. Participants create an electronic portfolio, selecting from a variety of strategies for development, organization, storage and presentation. Includes readings and research on electronic portfolio development for a variety of ages and situations, including useful criteria for evaluating portfolios based on national or local standards.

Course Format: Activities include short lecture and small group and individual activities. Scheduled for a computer lab with a workstation for each participant. Use of Microsoft Office required. Online discussion will be held on Blackboard for at least two weeks following the hands-on activities

Goals and Objectives:

1.1 Standards-Based Electronic Portfolio Development
Instructional Goal:
Participants will be able to design an electronic portfolio that demonstrates achievement of a set of national, state, or local program standards.
Defined Outcomes:
1.1.1 Participants will be able to discuss various strategies for creating electronic portfolios and the importance of portfolio development in ongoing professional development.
1.1.2 Participants will design a personal electronic portfolio by following an instructional design model (assess, design, develop, implement, evaluate):
* deciding on the purpose of the portfolio (based on standards);
* describing the audience for the portfolio;
* deciding on the contents of the portfolio;
* deciding which software tools are most appropriate for the context;

1.2"Working Portfolio" Content Development Process
Instructional Goal: Participants will be able to collect and select the artifacts that demonstrate achievement of the standards.
Defined Outcomes:
1.2.1 Participants will demonstrate understanding of the portfolio development process (collect, select, reflect, project) and the role of portfolios in ongoing professional development.
1.2.1 Participants will develop a working portfolio by: (develop)
- gathering portfolio artifacts which represent achievement of the standards and setting up a storage system
- scanning images (or using digital still cameras) and doing simple digital photo editing
- writing reflections on each standard and/or each artifact
- outlining and organizing the portfolio

1.3 Research and Issues in Electronic Portfolio Development
Instructional Goals: Participants will be able to discuss issues and research related to developing and using electronic portfolios at a variety of age levels and in a variety of situations.
Defined Outcomes:
1.3.1 Participants will be able to discuss the role of electronic portfolios in today’s standards age.
1.3.2 Participants will be able to discuss how each stage of the portfolio development process contributes to ongoing teacher professional development.
1.3.3 Participants will be able to discuss the implementation and evaluation of electronic portfolios at different age levels.
1.3.4 Participants will be able to discuss the technologies necessary to produce electronic portfolios in their own situations.

Evaluation Criteria:

  Undergraduate Graduate
Electronic Portfolio Planning Worksheet 15% 15%
Standards-Based Portfolio Outline(in Word) 15% 15%
Artifact/Standards Matrix (in Excel) 15% 15%
Online discussions on course-related topics 55% 40%
Graduate Assignment
Brief reflective journal of Optional (Graduate-only) readings
X 15%
TOTAL 100% 100%

Graduate Assignment Description:
There are additional reading assignments required for those taking the course for graduate credit Refer to course web page: http://electronicportfolios.org/class/mod1.html

©2003, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.

updated October 17, 2003