Learning Communities ePortfolios

State
California
Academic Level
Associate
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Learning Community

Overview

An ePortfolio is a personal web site that can be used by students to showcase who they are: their academic work, interests as a person, professional aspirations, accomplishments, and extracurricular activities. Professors and instructors may also want to create an ePortfolio of their own, for many of the same reasons, but particularly to communicate information about the content and expectations of their courses. Learning Communities use an interdisciplinary technology-based teaching approach through the development of e-portfolios to increase college performance and retention.

Program Description

The program hopes to  to improve student retention and produce better learning outcomes for student by increasing information and technology literacy for Latino students in Learning Communities through ePortfolios and increasing pedagogical training in ePortfolios for instructors.

Outcome

The project exceeded all of its goals with 119 students (Target: 60 students) and 16 faculty being trained (Target: 12 instructors). The College plans to motivate more faculty to become trainers to others. This ePortfolio project also became involved with ePortfolio California (www.eportfolioca.org), a service of the California Virtual Campus under the Chancellor's Office for California Community Colleges. ePortfolio California contacted West to offer ePortfolio support, webinars, resources, and training.