"Bag It and Tag It": Implementing a Course-Level Learning Portfolio Using CMS-Based Tools to Document Student Learning When Teaching in Wild, Open Spaces with Cloud-Based Tools (Pilot Program/Emerging Technology)

Monday, February 14 | 5:00PM–6:00PM | Georgetown
Session Type: Professional Development
As more of us adopt cloud-based tools (e.g., blogs, wikis, Google Docs, etc.) for use by students in authentic learning activities, we find ourselves without the student-produced artifacts that we are used to receiving in paper (or electronic) submissions of student work. Instead, the artifacts "live in the cloud" and are not in our direct possession. Affordances of this open approach to teaching using Web 2.0 tools may be constrained by administrative concerns such as potential student grade appeals and FERPA violations. However, standard features of course management systems can be leveraged to create a learning portfolio in which students will post artifacts and personal reflections aligned with course objectives. This approach benefits faculty administratively and students metacognitively by providing persistent evidence of student learning.

Learning Objectives
* Learn about the affordances of cloud-based Web 2.0 tools.
* Understand the implications of not possessing student-created work.
* Explore FERPA-friendly techniques for using Web 2.0 tools.
* Understand differences between portfolio types (e.g., course portfolio v. personal learning portfolio, instructor-maintained portfolio v. student-maintained portfolio).
* Discuss techniques for using existing CMS tools to create a course-level learning portfolio.


  • Kelvin Thompson

    Executive Director, Center for Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida

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