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					                            E-FOLIO ROAD TRIP:
                      TALES OF AN ACADEMIC TRAVELING TEAM’S
                                  BREAKTHROUGH EXPERIENCE

Shari Bemis – Instructor, Computer Science
Sue Castriotta - Assistant Dean Sciences and Social Sciences
Jenny Darrow – Manager, Academic Technology
KEENE STATE COLLEGE PROFILE

• 4-year public liberal arts college
• 5,100 students
• 181 tenure-track faculty
• 224 adjunct faculty
• 400+ Education majors
KEENE STATE COLLEGE PROFILE

• Pervasive culture of resistance
•Small numbers of innovators and early
adopters
   •Nearing 10 years of CMS usage
      •60% adoption
     E-PORTFOLIO
         DRIVERS:

•Education Department
Needs:
   • State of NH
     Accreditation visit
     Spring 2005
   • National Council for
     Accreditation of Teacher
     Education (NCATE) visit
     Fall 2007
•E-Portfolio Task Force
Survey Results Fall 2006
      INTEREST IN E-PORTFOLIOS IS
             MAGNIFIED:
• New Provost hired Summer 2006
   – Heightened interest in the academic use of
     technology
• University System of New Hampshire holds e-portfolio
  forum November 2006
   – Status reports given on e-portfolio adoption at each
     institution
   – Helen Barrett presents to provide context for e-
     portfolio usage
      SUPPORT FOR E-PORTFOLIOS IS
              MAGNIFIED:

• E-portfolio Planning Committee formed Spring 2007
   – Curricular and co-curricular areas included
   – [Oversized] Charge developed
      • Included product review and selection, identification of
        cross-campus uses, template and rubric development,
        pedagogical strategies, policy creation, and e-portfolio pilot
• Keene State College brings Helen Barrett to campus
  to present to its faculty and staff April 2007
     ACADEMIC TRAVELING TEAM
             FORMED
• Planning Committee members invited to attend
  summer e-portfolio institute at Stanford University
   – Attendees: 2 Faculty, 2 Assistant Deans, College
     Web Master, Academic Technology Manager
  “SO, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT
    OUT OF THIS INSTITUTE…?”
1. WHY: What is the motivation behind your interest in
   e-portfolios?
2. WHO and WHERE: Who do you envision using e-
   portfolios and at what stages are they in their
   development?
3. TOOLS: What tools and/or technologies are you
   considering?
4. BACKGROUND: What is your educational
   environment like? What is your frame of reference?
5. GOALS: What high priority tasks does your team
   expect to address during the institute?
“Finding technology solutions that work
in our context are important which means
allowing students to be creative and tell
their own stories.” Tracy Penny-Light
 BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR TRAVELING
              TEAM:

• Lack of common understanding about e-
portfolios
              TEAM EPIPHANY –
           STANFORD UNIVERSITY
           E-PORTFOLIO INSTITUTE
• Opportunity to hear what other institutions are doing
  with e-portfolios
   – Need, approach, challenges…
• Institute encouraged participants to look at process,
  not focus on product
   – The result – team synergy, energy, and
     understanding around e-portfolios
    FACULTY, COLLEGE, AND
PROGRAMMATIC CONSIDERATIONS




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STUDENT CONSIDERATIONS
STUDENT CONCEPT MAP
           UPON OUR RETURN…

• Instructional Technology staff moved from IT Group
  to Academic Affairs
• Product Decision Required within One Month of Our
  Return – became the focus of the committee
   – Approval through campus committees took another
     2 months
• Committee concerns focused on product
   – Results were little time spent on e-portfolio uses
   – Problematic given the expectation of an e-portfolio
     pilot during Spring 2008 semester
            WHERE WE ARE NOW

• Focus shifted away from Student Learning to
  Assessment
   – Committee charge initially unchanged
   – Assessment Needs:
      • New England Association Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
        visit Fall 2010
      • Implementation of a new General Education program
        (renamed Integrative Studies)
• Small e-portfolio pilot in Education dept. on-going
• Long-term product solution yet to be determined
   – Possibility of having multiple products available
     based on need
      KEENE STATE COLLEGE
    ACADEMIC TRAVELING TEAM
Shari Bemis – sbemis@keene.edu
Sue Castriotta – scastrio@keene.edu
Jenny Darrow – jdarrow@keene.edu

Mike Caulfield - mcaulfield@keene.edu
Pru Cuper – pcuper@keene.edu
Melinda Treadwell – mtreadwe@keene.edu

				
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