Helping faculty and staff embed assignments that support students’ abilities to communicate effectively to real-world audiences, use visual materials appropriately, synthesize their learning across multiple courses and experiences, and use technology to accomplish their goals is a major part of the ePortfolio Project. Because curricular changes take time and require innovative thinking, the project invites “cohorts” of departments and organizations that are interested in implementing ePortfolios to work together with the support of the Office of University Writing to develop sustainable structures and share best practices. In any university-wide initiative, balancing available resources with the number of participants is essential to the project’s success. Cohorts help us achieve this balance.
The ePortfolio Project is accepting applications to the Cohort on a rolling basis. To apply for membership to the ePortfolio Project Faculty Cohort, visit http://ouw-auburn.ePortfolio-Project-Cohort-Application.sgizmo.com/s3/.
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- Create a plan for incorporating ePortfolios into their program/organization
- Set the goal of moving toward a career/capstone ePortfolio even if they are also interested in other types of ePortfolios or in using ePortfolios for other purposes
- Attend cohort meetings to receive support and share implementation ideas across disciplines/organizations
- Supply assessment data relevant to the four Student Learning Outcomes associated with the ePortfolio Project (effective communication, critical thinking through reflection, visual literacy, and technical competency) to the Office of University Writing each year
- Share the expertise they gain and the curricular and pedagogical models they create with others in the Auburn University community
- Join intellectual conversations about ePortfolios happening locally, regionally, and nationally
- Receive curricular/organizational guidance and help with facilitating implementation
- Receive feedback from other cohort members on plans, specific assignments, assessment components, and other issues related to ePortfolio implementation
- Receive technical/pedagogical support from the support units
- Participate in workshops
- Receive first priority in grant opportunities, including funding for research and conferences connected to ePortfolios
- Ask for additional support mechanisms they find necessary
- Contribute to the discussions that shape the ePortfolio Project
Who is eligible?
- Any department, track or program within a department, interdisciplinary program, co-curricular unit, or student organization is eligible to become a part of the Cohort.
- Those who apply do not already have to be doing ePortfolios and may use participation to plan curriculum changes, pilot new assignments or courses, or develop assessment processes and criteria.
- Likewise, those who have been doing ePortfolios for some time may participate as cohort members to expand their use of ePortfolios, enlist participation from faculty in their program, add new components to existing requirements, or develop a specific research project connected to their use of ePortfolios.
- The ePortfolio Project is currently accepting applications for the Faculty Cohort at http://ouw-auburn.ePortfolio-Project-Cohort-Application.sgizmo.com/s3/. Please send questions to Dr. Margaret Marshall at email@example.com
- The Steering Committee selects cohort participants from those who have expressed a desire to participate through the application process. The Steering Committee’s primary task is to balance representation of different disciplines, colleges, and types of programs with the next needs of the ePortfolio Project and the resources available to support cohort participants.