Electronic Portfolio Development
Course Content Guide

Title: Electronic Portfolio Development

I. Course Description

Developing and using an electronic portfolio. For one credit, students create an electronic portfolio, selecting from a variety of strategies for development, organization, storage and presentation. Second credit includes adding digital audio and video clips to the portfolio. Third credit covers reading assignments, issues, and research on electronic portfolio development for a variety of ages and situations, including useful criteria for evaluating portfolios based on national or local standards.

II. Course Design

a. Designed for all students and teachers with knowledge of and access to classroom technology. Provides strategies, methods and skills to encourage developing electronic portfolios. Students complete an electronic portfolio in this class.

b. Variable: 1.0 -3.0 credits
First credit for basic portfolio development and introduction to literature
Second credit for adding various tools for multimedia components, including digital audio and video
Third credit for active participation in reading and discussion of literature, plus publishing e-portfolio

c. Scheduled for 15.0 hours of instruction per credit. Approximately 30 additional hours will be required outside of class to complete course work for each credit.

III. Course Activities Activities include short lecture and small group and individual activities. Scheduled for a computer lab with a workstation for each participant. Use of Adobe Acrobat, AppleWorks or an integrated productivity software package, HyperStudio, Microsoft products and/or HTML editing software is required. IV. Course Pre-requisites/Co-requisites Intermediate computer skills required. This is not a course for beginning computer users. A "readiness survey" will be available to help students assess whether they have the necessary computer skills. V. Course Evaluation - Grading: P/NP Attendance and Participation - 50%: Participants must be engaged in all class sessions and actively participate in all course activities. Participants will complete all assignments.

Development of Electronic Portfolio - 50%: Participants must develop an electronic portfolio to demonstrate professional experience and abilities.

VI. Course Outline

Second Credit - E-Portfolio Tools

    3.0 Electronic Portfolio Organization and Publishing Process - Converting Portfolio Artifacts into cross-platform, web-accessible file formats
     
      3.1 Creating PDF files from word processing, database, or slide show files
         
      3.2 Organizing portfolio with hypermedia links between standards, artifacts and reflections
        3.2.1 Adding hypertext links, bookmarks, and thumbnails
        3.2.2 Adding movie links
        3.2.3 Creating buttons with forms tools


      3.3 Replicating the Portfolio Development/Publishing Process with HyperStudio (or other hypermedia program) or with a HTML/WWW Page Editor
      3.4 Recording portfolio to appropriate medium (CD-ROM, WWW server, video tape)
      3.5 Presenting the portfolio to an audience and evaluating the portfolio based on an evaluation rubric
       

    4.0 Adding multimedia content
      4.1 Digitizing, compressing and editing audio clips
      4.2 Digitizing, compressing and editing video clips
      4.3 Linking the audio and video clips into the electronic portfolio
      4.4 Digital Storytelling
Issues to discuss in all three credits:
    6.0 Discussing issues and research on electronic portfolio development, at a variety of ages and in a variety of situations in education
     
      6.1 The role of electronic portfolios in today’s standards age.

      6.2 How each stage of the portfolio development process contributes to teachers' professional development:

      6.3 The implementation and evaluation of electronic portfolios at different age levels 6.4 The technologies necessary to produce electronic portfolios in various situations


VII. Course Instructional Goals and Defined Outcomes

Course Goals (second credit)

3.0 Electronic Portfolio Organization and Publishing Process

Instructional Goal: Participants will be able to organize digital artifacts into an electronic portfolio for publishing in electronic format, either on CD-ROM or online, and evaluate its effectiveness

Defined Outcomes:

3.1 Participants will be able to create PDF files from any application
  • Use the PDF Writer or use the Acrobat Distiller, converting Postscript files
  • Edit PDF Files in Acrobat Exchange.
  • 3.2 Participants will be able to organize the portfolio with hypermedia links between standards, artifacts, and reflections.

    3.3 Participants will discuss how to replicate the Electronic Portfolio Development Process with HyperStudio (or other hypermedia program) or with HTML/WWW Page Editor.

    4.0 Adding Multimedia to the Electronic Portfolio Instructional Goals: Participants will demonstrate skills in the multimedia development process as they add multimedia objects to their portfolios.

    Defined Outcomes:

    4.1 Participants will be able to digitize and compress appropriate video clips.

    4.2 Participants will be able to digitize and compress appropriate audio clips.

    4.3 Participants will be able to incorporate their compressed digitized audio and video clips into their electronic portfolios.

    4.4 Participants will be able to create a digital story about the highlights of their portfolio.

    6.0 Research and Issues in Electronic Portfolio Development (included in all three credits) Instructional Goals: Participants will be able to discuss issues and research related to developing and using electronic portfolios at a variety of age levels and in a variety of situations.

    Defined Outcomes:

    5.1 Participants will be able to discuss the role of electronic portfolios in today’s standards age.

    5.2 Participants will be able to discuss how each stage of the portfolio development process contributes to ongoing teacher professional development.

    5.3 Participants will be able to discuss the implementation and evaluation of electronic portfolios at different age levels.

    5.4 Participants will be able to discuss the technologies necessary to produce electronic portfolios in their own situations.

     
    VIII. Bibliography or References Instructor will provide handouts of reference materials and exercises. These can also be found at instructor's WWW site
     

    Baron, Cynthia (1996). Creating a Digital Portfolio. Indianapolis: Hayden Books

    Barrett, Helen (1998). "Strategic Questions." Learning & Leading with Technology (October, 1998)

    Brown, Genevieve and Irby, Beverly (1997). The Principal Portfolio. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press

    Burke, Kay (1997). Designing Professional Portfolios for Change. Palatine, Illinois: IRI/SkyLight Training & Publishing

    Burke, Kay (ed.) (1996). Professional Portfolios. Palatine, Illinois: IRI/SkyLight Training & Publishing

    Campbell, Cignetti, Melenyzer, Nettles & Wyman (1997). How to Develop a Professional Portfolio: A Manual for Teachers. California University of Pennsylvania.

    Danielson, Charlotte; Abrutyn, Leslye (1997) An Introduction to Using Portfolios in the Classroom. Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

    Glatthorn, Allan (1996). The Teacher's Portfolio: Fostering and Documenting Professional Development. Rockport, MA: Pro>Active Publications.

    Guskey, Thomas (ed.) (1996) Communicating Student Learning 1996 ASDC Yearbook. Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

    Lyons, Nona (ed.) (1998). With Portfolio in Hand: validating the new teacher professionalism. New York: Teachers College Press.

    Martin, Debra Bayles (1999) The Portfolio Planner - Making Professional Portfolios Work for You. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

    Martin-Kniep, Giselle (1998). Why Am I Doing This? Purposeful Teaching through Portfolio Assessment. Portsmouth: Heinemann

    McLaughlin, Maureen; Vogt, MaryEllen (1996). Portfolios in Teacher Education. Newark: International Reading Association.

    McLaughlin, Vogt, Anderson, DuMez, Peter, Hunter (1998). Professional Portfolio Models: Reflections across the Teaching Profession. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers.

    Niguidula, David (1997) The Digital Portfolio: A Richer Picture of Student Performance [online at: http://www.essentialschools.org/pubs/exhib_schdes/dp/dptitle.htm] The HTML version of an excellent CD-ROM on the research conducted by the Coalition on digital portfolios in five different schools.

    Porter, Carol & Cleland, Janell (1995) The Portfolio as a Learning Strategy. Portsmouth: Heinemann.

    Seldin, Peter (1997). The Teaching Portfolio. Bolton: Anker Publishing

    Shaklee, Beverly D., [et al.] (1997) Designing and Using Portfolios. Boston: Allyn and Bacon