Introducing the electronic Portfolio at London Metropolitan University – the story so far Talk at Surrey University 31/5/07 Peter Chalk, London Metropolitan.

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> Introducing the electronic Portfolio at London Metropolitan University the story so far Talk at Surrey University 31/5/07 Peter Chalk, London Metropolitan University Undergraduate Scheme </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> LondonMet student characteristics Mostly: Mature, local, vocational First in family to go to university Non-standard qualifications Employability is very important Key skills, critical thinking and reflective writing skills needed </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> LondonMet PDP framework Principles Embedded in core modules at C, I, H levels PDP related assessment in cores: HEO (skills) at Certificate level Employability (CV) at Intermediate level Project/dissertation (graduation statement) at Honours level All modules should relate to PDP </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> LondonMet PDP 0405-0607 Essentially a paper booklet downloadable from the web as a whole or in sections: www.londonmet.ac.uk/ugstudy/pdp Each level/semester has several sections, scaffolded more at C level, eg: Start of course Early self assessment, etc etc </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> Choosing an electronic Portfolio During 0506 we considered need for Online storage and viewing by tutor etc Supporting web-based portfolio &amp; tools Diploma supplement (Bologna) transcript with attached statement (plus CV etc??) Options Integrate eVision/ SITS (our SRS) Purchase existing ePortfolio, eg PebblePad Alternative that fits our Portal/MLE strategy </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> Decision The decision was to pilot during 0607-0708 the Blackboard WebCT Vista Portfolio because This had been chosen for our main VLE upgrade from WebCT 4 (branded WebLearn) Other universities had reported its adoption, Edinburgh, Birmingham It seems to offer some attractive features </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> First pilot 0607 Spring February entry students on BSc Computing Cohort of approx. 20 students Already doing extensive PDP related activity: journal, online discussion, group research Asked module leader to include WebLearn Portfolio as additional resource </li> <li> Slide 8 </li> <li> Whats in the WebLearn (BlackBoard) ePortfolio? Integration with WebLearn modules Artefact saving (file storage area) Binders, including a multimedia gallery Blog/ discussion &amp; calendar Goal setting &amp; recording, evidence linked Guest reviewer facility (can track guests) CV (resum) tool </li> <li> Slide 9 </li> <li> Blackboard example what may be possible </li> <li> Slide 10 </li> <li> Options for initial templates Portfolios are created when student first enrolled and remain throughout course Choice of template/ customisation? No template at all Fully populated template Compromise: Resources only template </li> <li> Slide 11 </li> <li> No template at all Advantages: Student owns the design from the start Student may simply link to external Portfolio Disadvantages Choice of tools to choose is unclear and cant be changed Would contain no guidance and may need external web site support as well </li> <li> Slide 12 </li> <li> No template set up page </li> <li> Slide 13 </li> <li> No template blank starter Portfolio view </li> <li> Slide 14 </li> <li> No template blank starter Portfolio + link build </li> <li> Slide 15 </li> <li> Fully populated template For example, based on the University PDP www.londonmet.ac.uk/ugstudy/pdp www.londonmet.ac.uk/ugstudy/pdp Advantages Gets student started, shows PDP stages Disadvantages Can appear that theres little to do Uniform appearance, may be too complex </li> <li> Slide 16 </li> <li> Fully populated template </li> <li> Slide 17 </li> <li> Portfolio blog (share with tutors?) </li> <li> Slide 18 </li> <li> Resources only template Advantages Allows student creativity or link to outside Portfolio Includes resources for getting started Includes tools, useful files, setting up of blog.. Disadvantages Cant see any yet </li> <li> Slide 19 </li> <li> Resources only template simulate guest view </li> <li> Slide 20 </li> <li> Resources only - Build Portfolio </li> <li> Slide 21 </li> <li> CV (Resum) tool edit in place or upload file </li> <li> Slide 22 </li> <li> WebLearn integration In WebLearn modules, tool to save as artefact to Portfolio: Discussion, e.g. as evidence of attaining goal Assessment, e.g. to discuss feedback My Grades, e.g. to evaluate progress Drawback Calendars are not integrated </li> <li> Slide 23 </li> <li> WebLearn module Save to Portfolio tool (artefact saved to Portfolio file store) </li> <li> Slide 24 </li> <li> Supporting Resources 1 Getting Started (HTML file) 2 Guide to Portfolio Tools (Edinburgh) 3 eLearning Resources (RLOs) 4 Reflective Writing Guidance 5 University PDP Web Site 6 Example Feedback Action Plan Form 7 Example Portfolios </li> <li> Slide 25 </li> <li> Edinburgh Uni Guide (permission given to use) </li> <li> Slide 26 </li> <li> Results of Spring semester 0607 pilot Why I cant show you an example Started late Did not integrate into module learning and teaching Presented as an add-on Not linked to PDP related assessment Students did not use it by choice Added me as guest but did not create new content </li> <li> Slide 27 </li> <li> Conclusions from pilot Essential to Integrate ePortfolio into L&amp;T strategy PDP-related assessment must involve creating and sharing content in WebLearn Portfolio Spend time showing students how to use tools Encourage artefact saving in all modules Use blog to engage student with tutors Use CV tool with Careers Service etc etc Template minimal to encourage engagement? </li> <li> Slide 28 </li> <li> The template options Options: Blank template Fully populated university PDP template Resources only template Need to consider: Customisation/ tailoring/ administration Pilots for Autumn 0708 </li> <li> Slide 29 </li> <li> The Autumn pilot options How these may best be identified so as to best represent LondonMet aspirations? For example, should the Autumn semester pilots: use Certificate level module only? be HEO modules only? sample from across the first semester modules (to explore integration opportunities in a course)? sample across the three core spine modules? be contained within a range of modules taken from one subject area? </li> <li> Slide 30 </li> <li> Current LondonMet position Staff are being introduced to WebLearn Pilots have run during 0607 A range of Portfolio pilots will run in 0708 A comprehensive programme of staff training is in place for summer 2007 Several learning &amp; teaching events are discussing eLearning outcomes &amp; options </li> <li> Slide 31 </li> <li> Technical issues &amp; systems integration Integrating Portfolio, Blackboard with Student Records System Administration of templates and allocation to student groups by course/ module code Importing into Portfolio, e.g. course learning outcomes Exporting from Portfolio to public platform, e.g. CV Incorporating Web 2 services, e.g. students personal space </li> </ul>

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