22 April 2009

Inventory of People and Resources for ePortfolio Decision-Making

Continued from yesterday:
Inventory of people and resources to support decisions about ePortfolio platforms

1 - Our students use an LMS for course work. Yes/No
2 - Our students use blogs/wikis in course work. Yes/No
3 - Our students use specialty software in course work. Yes/No
4 - Our faculty incorporate technology in their teaching. Yes/No
5 - Our faculty maintain their own web sites (personal or course). Yes/No
6 - Our faculty manage their own course spaces in an LMS. Yes/No
7 - Our staff are available to assist students/faculty in learning new software. Yes/No
8 - Our helpdesk tracks queries to identify training needs on campus. Yes/No
9 - Our helpdesk coordinates FAQs or other knowledge base with new software additions on campus. Yes/No
10 - Our administrators are responsive when additional funding is needed for training/support for new software. Yes/No

"No" answers indicate a need for caution in selecting a platform or style of ePortfolio. More structure and pre-defined templates will support students and faculty in their work. This typically means opting for a commercial ePortfolio platform.

"Yes" answers indicate less need for caution and potentially a "free choice" approach to media. But even if a campus has 10 Yes's on this list, a program still may opt for a commercial platform. The reason might be to insure known costs of support.

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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