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Suggestions about ePortfolios for General Education Instructors

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If you teach a General Education course, your department has indicated that this course includes instruction to help students meet one or more competencies in General Education. To help students focus on what aspects of the course cover the competencies, you should include in your syllabus an indication of what class activities (whether graded or ungraded) students should include in their electronic portfolios. In most cases, these are activities that are already in the syllabus, and you need only direct student attention to them.

Remember that it is the student’s responsibility to put materials in their electronic portfolios, you are not required to check that they have done that. However, it is your responsibility to make sure that if your course covers a competency that they have a clear understanding of the opportunity to include evidence from your course. If they choose not to do that, they must include evidence from another course.

To give you an idea of the types of activities this might include, the following is a list of some suggestions. For more detail about the specific competency areas, scroll down to each section.

List of potential class activities:

Analyses Presentations
Case Studies Problem Sets
Critiques Reflections
Essays Reports
Evaluations Research Papers
Lab Reports Summaries

If your class tends to use traditional exams, consider assigning a new applications-oriented “capstone” assignment for students to do in preparation for the final exam. This does not necessarily need to be graded in detail, it is for the benefit of the student to connect the semester’s work and reflect on their learning in the course - and they can use it in their electronic portfolio to demonstrate one or more Gen Ed competencies. You can grade it in a binary fashion, a quick scan can reveal whether the student has presented content-based material or gibberish.

The following Information is taken from the ePortfolio Web Site:

Students following the 2006-2007 curriculum and all subsequent curricula are required to create and maintain an electronic record of their academic accomplishments in the areas of General Education. Students will collect their best work and include self-reflection and assessment. This collection will include work developed for classes, as well as personal and professional electronic portfolios.

What is an ePortfolio?
Electronic portfolio elements can include:
(1) files of various formats (text, pictures, video, etc.)
(2) evaluations, reflections, and recommendations
(3) evidence of General Education competencies
(4) writing samples (which might include several drafts to show development and improvement)
(5) projects prepared for class or extracurricular activities
(6) evidence of creativity and performance
(7) evidence of extracurricular activities, including examples of leadership