2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 24, 2007
HUB West Ballroom

Session Description


Using ePortfolios in a Program Core Course

David S. Goldstein - Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell


In BIS 300, the required course for incoming juniors in UW Bothell's Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, students are learning new academic skills. Rather than assess each piece of work submitted after students' first attempts at new skills, I use portfolios to emphasize practice and revision.

After submitting a portfolio at the midquarter point, students receive suggestions from me regarding revision, and resubmit their portfolios again at the end of the quarter for formal assessment. Students report feeling more free to try new ways of approaching their writing and more confidence in their finished work.

Among the advantages of electronic portfolios over traditional, "hard copy" portfolios are remote access (students and I have access to the ePortfolio from any computer with an Internet connection, which is important for an all-commuter campus like ours) and electronic archives (students can retrieve their materials--along with my comments--whenever they need them, such as when they take their senior capstone course).



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