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Using Digital Portfolios to Foster Student Learning**
 
Course Description
    

In this course participants will learn how to utilize Google Sites to develop student-based or classroom-based e-Portfolio’s as an alternate form of assessment as well as to showcase student work. Participants will learn what e-Portfolio’s are and discuss the benefits and uses of them as a teaching and learning tool. Participants will have hands-on practice using Google Sites to create an ePortfolio with best practice elements. Finally, participants will evaluate the classes they teach  to ensure that their students will have artifacts aligned to course objectives/standards that are ePortfolio-ready!

**This course will require that participants hold WV certification and are employed as a classroom teacher or school administrator. 
 

 
Course Syllabus
    

Using Digital Portfolios to Foster Student Learning

Overview

In this course you will learn how to utilize Google Sites to develop student-based or classroom-based e-Portfolio’s as an alternate form of assessment as well as to showcase student work. Learn what e-Portfolio’s are and discuss the benefits and uses of them as a teaching and learning tool. You will have hands-on practice using Google Sites to create an ePortfolio with best practice elements. Finally, you will evaluate your own courses to ensure that your students will have artifacts aligned to your course objectives/standards that are ePortfolio-ready!

Goals

By the end of this course, participants will understand:

  • compare and contrast benefits and types of e-Portfolios.

  • develop course level learning outcomes using Blooms Taxonomy Verbs.

  • create an e-Portfolio using Google Sites.

  • identify ways to ensure artifacts are e-Portfolio ready.

  • review and discuss student motivation strategies.

  • create an artifact map based on course objectives or standards.

  • discuss pros & cons when moving students’ evidence of learning online.

  • create artifacts using Google Docs.

  • publish artifacts using Google Sites.

  • apply best practice artifact reflection techniques.

  • construct plan for incorporating reflection in e-Portfolios.

  • reflect on learning using Google Sites.

Course Organization

This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.


Read

When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.


Activities

When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.


Discuss

When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.

Prerequisites

This professional development course is designed for K-12 teachers. Participants in this course will design and implement an e-portfolio during this course. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and be able to download and upload files. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have Microsoft Office should click here for some available options. This course also requires that you have a Google Apps account via the WVDE WebTop if you have an access.k12.wv.us email account--or-- via a Google account if you do not have an access.k12.wv.us email account. It is recommended that participants have completed the WVLearns Google Application for Classroom Instruction or WebTop for Educators prior to enrolling in this course. This course is not open to paraprofessionals.


Format and Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 hours to 7 hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One

Introduction

Session Two

Collection

Session Three

Selection

Session Four

Reflection

Session Five

Publication and Feedback

Session Six

Ready, Set, Go!

During Session One participants will create a Google Site, add required pages to the Google SIte and share their Google Site portfolio with their course facilitator.
During Session Two participants will create a concept map with at least three projects/activities and three artifacts to be included in their e-portfolio. Participants will also determine the purpose of their student's e-portfolios.
During Session Three participants will add a resume and a video to the Google Site e-portfolio. Participants will also include information regarding their school, classroom and students in their e-portfolios.
During Session Four participants will develop e-portfolio goals and continue the reflection process.
During Session Five participants will prepare for and complete peer-reviews of colleagues e-portfolios.
During Session Six participants will initiate their e-portfolio plan with students.

Assessment

Discussion Board Expectations

It is best to check log in daily to keep up with discussions and continue to feel connected to the course. However, because you are not on a fixed schedule it is up to you to develop the discipline and schedule the time to be an active learner in this environment. Get in the habit of posting your primary post no later than Sunday. This allows you to receive more peer feedback and have more time to respond to the ideas generated by the discussion. You will also be required to provide responses to other participants that incorporate critical thinking and incorporates good response techniques. Examples of good response techniques are:

 

  • Ask participants a question that cannot be answered with a yes or no

  • Expand on the ideas presented

  • Provide links to other resources available on the web

  • Relate to the participants post by sharing your personal experiences

What is not acceptable as a response techniques are referred to as “fly-bys” in which the person responds with a simple, one liner without much depth like “I agree!” If you agree with the context of the post, then please state why? If not, why not?

Course Requirements
Participants will:
1. Create an e-portfolio following session guidelines (Session 1-6)
2. Share their e-portfolio with the course facilitator (Session 1-6)
3. Initiate e-portfolios with students. (Session 6)
4. Observe the eLearning Participant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (Orientation -Session 6)
5. Follow copyright guidelines (Orientation -Session 6)

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Using Digital Portfolios to Foster Student Learning, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from West Virginia University, Marshall University or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

 

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