Enriching professional learning in the Early Childhood Education Program by integrating ePortfolios into the course of study
Lacey Peters (Curriculum and Teaching)
What did you accomplish over the summer?
First and foremost, I appreciate the time I have had learning with and from my peers and colleagues, especially as our group spanned the disciplines. We share many similarities with regard to our beliefs about ePortfolios, and the potential they have to enrich students' experiences in our programs and beyond. It was both validating and interesting to see how we strive for our students to be introspective in their understanding(s) of the ways in which the artifacts they share to represent themselves being/becoming members of a particular professional community. Secondly, I created an ePortfolio template that will not only serve as an organizational and reflective tool, but ideally, can be a catalyst for change within our program.
How do you plan to assess the effectiveness of your project and its impact on student learning?
I hope to learn a significant amount about the impact on learning from the students themselves. I will ask them to provide me with feedback through informal and formal conversations, survey responses, and through the reflective components embedded within the portfolio. The survey will be conducted online, at the end of the semester, and will be comprised of open-ended prompts so that students can share their (hopefully) detailed perspectives on the benefits of creating ePortfolios, along with sharing their opinions on the aspects in need of improvement.