As I’ve been reflecting on our research over the past week or so, I have some questions I want to share–perhaps as subjects for further research or just to discuss at our next meeting:

How many universities currently use eportfolios and on what scale?

How many of those use it as a tool for assessment (and use an internal platform to host students portfolios like emma at UGA for example) and how many use it as a professional development / optional tool (like Auburn does where even your platform is a matter of personal choice–Wix, Weebly, etc.)?

Which University’s approach is the best of the ones you’ve encountered so far? My vote is split between University of Michigan and University of Mississippi.

What research exists on their potential for helping students get jobs or get into grad school?


Shifting Gears: Questions about Stakeholder Buy In

What are going to be the likely objections faculty have? Will TT, NonTT and GTAs have different concerns / objections / anxieties?

Is their resistance a product of ignorance (And how do we overcome that effectively)  or resistance to the practice of integrative learning–i.e. they like their silos too much?

As far as students go–is it possible to make a student understand the value of integrative learning at the age of 18, 19, 20, 21, etc.? It kind of feels to me like the value of eportfolio demands wisdom, self-regulation, and a broad view of life’s challenges that most of my freshman lack. For that reason it kind of feels like the eportfolio might be an “If you build it they will come” kind of project. I anticipate resistance summed up, for example, by this anonymous student’s gripe on the Talk Page of the Eportfolio entry in Wikipedia:

This portfolio is pointless. I feel that we the students dont need to show what we learned 3 times every year. We all ready do the mid-terms and the final exams, so why should we have to make a profolio showing the work we did in class. It’s like makeing a folder to show your parents what you learned in school today. I for one think this is possably the dumbest idea ever thought up, its right up there with the war in Iraq and the Articles of Confederation. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:04, 13 December 2006 (UTC).”

Spelling, grammar, and grossly inappropriate analogies aside, the complaint speaks to a real problem we need to anticipate and plan carefully to address in our presentation of the project to both our students and our colleagues.


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