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Practice and Pedagogy of Portfolios

Implementing portfolios come with some difficulties. Below are some resources to facilitate an effective execution;

  • The National Council of Teachers of English shares these principles and practices. This resource also has provides links to "well-conceived e-portfolio projects" from several colleges and universities. Additionally, it has "examples of professional e-portfolios created by scholars and teachers in composition studies".
  • Dr. Michael Day (director of Northern Illinois University's First-Year Composition program) on implementing ePortfolios on a programmatic and inter-institutional level: electronic-portfolios
  • The Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research (I/NCEPR) "convenes research/practitioners to study the impact of ePortfolios on student learning and educational outcomes. Each year ten institutions selected through an application process constitute a three-year cohort. Each campus works on an individual project that asks "What learning is taking place as a function of electronic portfolios?" and "How do we know?"" .
  • Publications on ePortfolio:Archives of the Research Landscape (PEARL) is a database comprised of articles on ePortfolios. It excludes books, conference presentations, white papers, etc.
  • The International Journal of ePortfolio's (IJeP) mission "is to encourage the study of practices and pedagogies associated with ePortfolio in educational settings. The journal's focus includes the explanation, interpretation, application, and dissemination of researchers', practitioners', and developers' experiences relevant to ePortfolio.
  • Electronic Portfolios 2.0: Emergent Research on Implementation and Impact. Darren Cambridge, Barbara L. Cambridge, and Kathleen Blake Yancey. Stylus Publishing, LLC., 2009. "This book features emergent results of studies from 20 institutions that have examined effects on student reflection, integrative learning, establishing identity, organizational learning, and designs for learning supported by technology. It also describes how institutions have responded to multiple challenges in ePortfolio development, from engaging faculty to going to scale".
  • ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios. Edited by Katherine V. Wills, and Rich Rice. The WAC Clearinghouse. 2013. This book "interweave(s) twelve essays that address the ways in which ePortfolios can facilitate sustainable and measurable writing-related student development, assessment and accountability, learning and knowledge transfer, and principles related to universal design for learning, just-in-time support, interaction design, and usability testing."
  • Portfolio Teaching: A Guide for Instructors. Nedra Reynolds and Rich Rice."Brief but thorough, Portfolio Teaching: A Guide for Instructors provides the practical tips and pedagogical support that instructors and program managers need to successfully integrate portfolios into their courses, as well as create their own teaching portfolios."

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