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Educational Eportfolios(OSP): Students Successfully Structure Their Own Learning


The School of Education pre-service students presented their eportfolios. Overall, their presentations seemed very professional and certainly showed the students’ progress in the school’s proficiencies. We used Open Source Portfolio (OSP with some modifications thanks to two great programmers (Sean and Huan). The students saw the proficiencies on the left, their text & artifacts in the center, and thumbnails of their artifacts on the right. They could click to get a bigger image and more information on the artifacts. Their presentation flowed from proficiency to proficiency.

Students seemed to have a better sense of what each proficiency meant than in the past. I’m not sure if it is because we have had the same proficiencies for a while or rather their instructors have emphasized the proficiencies more. Likewise, all students used examples from their K-12 students to demonstrate each proficiency. Their talk was teacher talk with statements like “My students put different M&Ms (blue M&Ms for water; brown for mountains) on the cookie to show the geography of New York State. I assessed them ….” One student talked about her philosophy of education as constructivism and then gave several visual examples in each proficiency to demonstrate it.

The students should be very proud of their progress and achievement of the proficiencies. They used OSP to organize and present the information for each proficiency.

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007



Eportfolios Public Presentations and Review

In December, students in the School Of Education’s Undergraduate Inclusive program of Block 1, Block 2, Student Teaching and the Graduate Elementary program used electronic portfolios to demonstrate their progress in the School of Education’s five proficiencies. Those proficiencies consist of Critical Reflection and Explanation of Practice; Content knowledge; Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy; Assessment of Student Learning; and Professional Conduct and Collaboration.


The students presented a brief overview of their portfolios at Public Portfolio presentations that Supervising Teachers, university faculty and teacher preparation students attended. Students from Block 1, Block 2, Student Teaching, and Graduate Elementary saw a condensed verision of each other’s eportfolios. Those students in the beginning of the program could see the high level that the Student Teachers had achieved in the proficiencies. The Student Teachers could see their own proficiency progress as they watched eportfolios from earlier blocks.


Those attending the presentations gave some feedback to the students. All the reviewers gave written feedback and most also gave oral feedback. The reviewers asked for clarifications, probed for more details, gave suggestions for improvement, and offered praise with specific reason.

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