ePortfolios at IUPUI
The IUPUI ePortfolio initiative currently includes more than 35 projects, some based in schools, others in departments, and others in administrative or co-curricular units (including service learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, internship, and student affairs offices). The projects are pursuing a range of goals, including curriculum development, academic and career planning, integrative learning, reflective practice, and authentic assessment at various levels from freshman year to doctoral study. Our current ePortfolio environment is the Open Source Portfolio within the Sakai LMS. In Fall 2010 we implemented a “presentation” capability, and we are developing an institutional showcase of examples. Adoption of ePortfolio took off once the presentation function became available, though several projects continue emphasis on the “matrix” capabilities for curriculum structure, assignment versioning and feedback, and assessment reporting.
Connect to Learning at IUPUI
The IUPUI Connect to Learning project is a collaboration of University College (the academic home for new students), the campus ePortfolio initiative, and three curricular and co-curricular units: the Department of Psychology; the Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program; and the Life-Health Sciences Internship Program. Our work centers on IUPUI’s electronic Personal Development Plan (ePDP), an academic and career planning ePortfolio that students begin in the First-Year Seminar and ideally revisit throughout their undergraduate experience. Our project goal is to strengthen our approaches to introducting and supporting students’ work on the ePDP as they arrive on campus (in either the First-Year Seminar or the Summer Bridge program) and to test methods for integrating the ePDP into students’ later undergraduate experiences so that it continues to support student planning and development through graduation.
University College has led the way in assessing ePDP impact on both students and faculty, in developing faculty and student support materials, and in collegial construction of a conceptual framework for the ePDP.
The Department of Psychology has worked to infuse the ePDP at key touchpoints throughout the psychology major, from a First-Year Seminar to a senior capstone course. In addition to supporting student reflection on service learning experiences in an entry-level course, the department has adopted the ePDP to support academic advising, a 300-level career planning course, and the senior capstone course for undergraduates.
As a co-curricular support program of University College, the Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program (DEAP) seeks to use the ePDP as a resource for engaging at-risk students and helping them to succeed at IUPUI. To address challenges with implementation in a co-curricular context, a recent pilot introduced the ePDP to DEAP students during “Summer Bridge,” an intensive two-week session prior to the start of fall semester. The pilot drew on social pedagogies and student reflection on the transition from high school to college as a foundation for subsequent ePDP use in the First-Year Seminar.
The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program is exploring how the ePDP can help deepen students’ learning through their year-long mentored research internships. Through regular in-person and online discussions facilitated by peer mentors, LHSI aims to help interns–usually sophomores and juniors–develop professionalism, connect their research with other curricular and co-curricular learning, and prepare for future job and internship searches.