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New ePortfolio Venue – Fall 2012
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During the Fall 2012 semester, two student groups on campus will be using the popular blogging platform, WordPress, to create academic ePortfolios. This flexible tool offers students the ability to create ePortfolios using templates that provide a professional feel while also allowing for customization. Privacy options range from allowing ePortfolios to be open to the public or allowing access just between the student creating the blog and his/her faculty member.

First year students at Seton Hall University have been creating academic electronic portfolios since 2003. Providing a more holistic picture of student growth, ePortolios have served many purposes ranging from student advisement to representation of best work, giving students a vehicle to celebrate their own story through collection and reflection. Student groups using ePortfolios have included all first year students through their University Life course, College of Education and Human Services and English, among others. Software tools have ranged from Blackboard to Project Sophia and Adobe PDF.

One of the first WordPress eportfolios at Seton Hall were piloted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nursing Ph.D. Scholars in 2010. This prestigious scholarship program in nursing education has specific criteria each student must meet to demonstrate achievement and competency. The Teaching, Learning and Technology Center created a template, on the University’s WordPress platform, that matched program expectations, providing a framework for student content for the twelve participants in the program.

Freshman Studies, a pioneer in the ePortfolio initiative on campus since 2003, will use WordPress for the entire freshman class for the first time this fall. Helping students reflect on their first year experience, ePortfolios also provide mentors with a more personal picture of their students. A number of template choices will be available to freshman that matches University Life course assignments giving students opportunities for creativity and originality. Hezal Patel, Director of the Academic Success and Transfer Student Center, comments that using Wordpress for freshman “gives us flexibility we didn’t have before while offering students the opportunity to use current technology”. Training and continued support for students creating ePortolios is provided by the Teaching, Learning and Technology throughout the year.

To find out more about the RWJF Scholarship program contact Marie Foley, Associate Professor and RWJ NJNI Project Director at marie.foley@shu.edu. Hezal Patel, Director of Academic Success and Transfer Student Center can be reached at hezal.patel@shu.edu.

For more information please contact:
Heidi Trotta
(973) 275-2882
heidi.trotta@shu.edu

 

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