Inventing the Next Generation ePortfolio @ LaGuardia
ePortfolio in an Era of Change: 50% of US universities now use ePortfolios. Recently, the Association of American Colleges & Universities added ePortfolio to the validated list of High Impact Practices – practices that have a measureable benefit for student learning and success. Meanwhile, at LaGuardia, a set of campus developments has changed the landscape:
- First Year Seminar. The FYS engages 7,500 students/year with ePortfolio, helping them develop more intentional education plans and re-imagine themselves as learners.
- Advisement 2.0. As the College strengthens advisement, next steps include using the ePortfolio-based Graduation Plan in advisement through completion and transfer.
- Learning Matters Core Competencies. Academic programs are developing assignments that use the ePortfolio itself to demonstrate Integrative Learning and Digital Communication.
- New Digication Interface. Our ePortfolio system itself is being redesigned to make ePortfolio practice more dynamic, flexible and engaging for students.
Next Generation ePortfolio at LaGuardia: Building on these developments, LaGuardia faculty and staff are working together to design exciting change on two key fronts.
Launching a New ePortfolio Interface. In Fall 2017, we will launch the “New Digication” interface. Here are 5 ways that the new interface will be different:
- New Look and Feel. New Digication is more fluid and contemporary. Students can design pages that express their identity, building engagement and ownership.
- Better Communication. New commenting features allow faculty to highlight, comment, and start conversations with students on portfolio based work.
- Dynamic Multi-Media. Students will find it easier to add and integrate video and images.
- More Effective Collaboration. New tools will help student, faculty and staff work together. The new system will be able to integrate better with software used around the college.
- Mobile Access. By late Fall, students will be able to update ePortfolio on their phones.
Building a Core ePortfolio. As we prepare the new interface, faculty have begun trying out a new approach that encourages students to have a primary ePortfolio they use to document and reflect on their learning in multiple courses and co-curricular experiences. Students can have multiple ePortfolios, as they do now—the goal is to provide a common touch point. This approach can strengthen advisement, helping students revisit educational and career plans over time. By helping students maintain a Core ePortfolio, this approach can leverage the power of the portfolio to connect and integrate diverse learning experiences over time.