Thursday, April 21, 2011

Presentation: Notre Dame E-Portfolio Initiative: A Blended Advising Approach for Student Engagement & Success

Notre Dame E-Portfolio Initiative: A Blended Advising Approach for Student Engagement & Success

G. Alex Ambrose, Academic Advisor, University of Notre Dame, for more information visit his ePortfolio at

April 22, 2011, Spring Symposium at Indiana University South Bend

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Program Description:
The purpose of the First Year of Studies E-Portfolio Initiative (FYS-EPI) is to explore the use of e-portfolios in higher education to improve student learning and success. More specifically, we are examining the role academic advisors can play in using e-portfolios as a blended advising strategy to engage students across a-curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning experiences. The FYS-EPI has 3 main objectives: 1) Projects & Pilots: to design and test an open courseware, integrated e-portfolio system; 2) University Outreach & Collaboration: to develop a portfolio “culture” across student and academic affairs through student and faculty buy-in, workshops and professional development; and 3) Research: to systematically measure the qualities, programs, practices, conditions, and impact of e-portfolios in higher education on student engagement and report findings.

Program participants will:
Be introduced to an innovative blended advising approach
Assess a collaborative approach to fusing academic and student affairs
Analyze the role e-portfolios can play to support student, success, learning, and engagement
Examine a First Year program
Debate, critique, and judge the role technology can play towards student success

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

An Example ePortfolio Reflection for Ed Tech Master Degree

Watch this youtube video to see how this student in Boise State University Education Technology Master degree program reflects through his program and synthesizes his experiences. This webcam and screen cast tour gives great examples of what the student learned and the strength of the program.

You can visit his ePortfolio at:

Saturday, April 9, 2011