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We are here to educate, facilitate, and inspire faculty and students to develop their online identities through ePortfolio. ePortfolio allows you to integrate learning, showcase your work, and reflect on your progress throughout your academic and professional careers for lifelong learning. Call today to get your ePortfolio started.
Portfolios are spaces where one can collect artifacts and curate work. An ePortfolio allows for a digitalized collection of artifacts geared towards a certain purpose and a particular audience. For example, a Professional ePortfolio includes resume information and shows projects; a course ePortfolio includes course work, reflection or observations on process and progress; a research ePortfolio showcases inquiry, research, discovery and more. ePortfolios can also serve as a classroom, a space to brainstorm or collect thoughts, or even as a collaborative space for group projects. ePortfolio’s are driven by the creator and artifacts can include a variety of mediums, such as text-based works, graphics, audio tracks, and/or multimedia elements.
Folio-thinking encourages students to connect all aspects of learning including the process and the learning that happens both within and outside of the classroom. Students select the best work to include, make the final decisions about how to showcase that work, and reflect or observe what they did and how they did it. Portfolios allow students to focus on what they know, how they know it, how to apply it and where it fits in the world. (Chen and Mazow, 2002; Chen Cannon, Gabrio, and Leifer, 2005; Chen, 2009)
Programs across UAA have used portfolios for many years, both paper and electronic, however, up until the creation of the ePortfolio Working Group (eWG) in 2010, there hasn't been a university wide initiative nor a specific platform utilized for the use of digital ePortfolios. The eWG was charged with 1) researching various ePortfolio tools in order to assess what platform the university could implement and support and 2) exploring ways in which academic programs could use student learning outcome based eportfolios for teaching, learning, assessment and showcasing. This two year project culminated with the eWGs final report and recommendations to move forward. In 2014, UAA contracted with one of the education community's leading providers of ePortfolio services, Digication.
Paul Wasko joined UAA's Academic Innovations & eLearning (AI&e) as the eWolf ePortfolio Coordinator in January 2014. Paul brings more than 18 years experience in leading technology service initiatives and collaborations with diverse and highly politicized groups. In Minnesota, Paul directed and managed the nation's first statewide ePortfolio initiative. Paul and his team focus on creating partnerships and collaborations in alignment with UAA's commitment to an engaged, learner-centric education, and supported by faculty, staff, and students.
The eWolf team also includes eWolf Strategist Shamai Thacker. Shamai provides consulting and support to faculty, administration, and staff for the effective deployment of eportfolio technologies and pedagogies. Shamai also supervises our student eWolf coaches, who in turn, provide individual e-portfolio tutoring sessions for students and faculty.
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