North America’s leading association for ePortfolios, AAEEBL (Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning) is holding its 2015 Northeast regional meeting right on the Boston University campus, through the College of General Studies, on March 12. Come and learn about different approaches to ePortfolios in education. If you would like the world to know about your ideas or experiences on ePortfolios, there is even room left for new presentations; the proposal deadline (listed as February 9 on the site) has been extended to February 28. You can find out more and register through the conference website. (There is a registration fee to attend.)
The Digication ePortfolio system will be unavailable because of scheduled maintenance on Sunday, December 14 between 2am and 6am EST. Please plan accordingly and inform your students if they are likely to be working late on Saturday night (for example if they have a portfolio-based semester assignment due on Monday).
Our Digication Portfolio about Portfolios now offers training videos with screen captures, to walk you through each step of the process of creating portfolios and courses. These are available in the various pages under Creating an ePortfolio in Digication and Courses in Digication. Some of them have already been posted on the student site www.bu.edu/eportfolio, but many are now available to the BU community for the first time.
Digication, our ePortfolio tool, now has a new feature where PDF files can be displayed within an ePortfolio – you don’t have to click on a link to download them. The Digication site has instructions on how to do this.
We have dealt with the login problems on Digication and everything should be resolved. There was a brief disruption in the login system for all systems this morning, but it has been resolved as well.
The Digication ePortfolio site at BU is currently experiencing a large number of intermittent login difficulties. Our team is in contact with Digication and they are working on getting the problems fixed as soon as possible. We apologize for the difficulty.
Digication has just announced major improvements to its ePortfolio download feature. The download feature has gone through a major update and is now more stable and reliable. The download ePortfolio features gives end users the ability to download their ePortfolio at anytime. The downloaded ePortfolio will include all the standard html pages of the ePortfolio as well as any files and media that were uploaded to the ePortfolio (including large format videos).
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Joseph Bizup, Director of BU’s CAS Writing Program, was recently featured in the monthly newsletter for Digication, the ePortfolio software BU uses. We’re including the text of the interview here, by kind permission of Digication:
Professor Joseph Bizup is currently Associate Professor in the Department of English at Boston University, and Assistant Dean and Director of the CAS Writing Program. His outstanding career encompasses distinguished scholarly contributions to literary criticism and rhetorical theory, as well as academic service positions, and writing program administration in some of the country’s most prestigious institutions: Yale University (97-99, 2001-2002), Columbia University (2002-2008), Boston University (2008-present).
Digication Learning Director: Professor Bizup, let’s start by talking a bit about your career’s trajectory. You started as a scholar of Victorian literature, but your research took you close to questions about technology, and the ways in which technology is relevant to human culture more generally. You discussed the often-invoked divide between technology and culture, and explained how the opposition can be dissolved. These questions are more than relevant in the present cultural and educational context. Could you tell our readers how you see the current interplay between technology and culture in general, and especially, what you consider to be the benefits of technology for humanistic education? More
To highlight the best work of their students, the College of General Studies – where all students produce an interdisciplinary ePortfolio as part of their program curriculum – recently introduced an ePortfolio Showcase. Out of over 1000 student ePortfolios, each team of faculty nominated a student that it thought produced the best porfolio. A peer mentor and the assistant dean for interdisciplinary learning selected the winners from among these: three freshmen (Kyle Cowper, Natalie Fritz and Nicole Jefferson) and a sophomore (Nahomi Velasquez). The winners received a $100 gift card from the BU Bookstore. Screenshots of the winners now scroll across the screen of the lobby at CGS, and Nahomi Velasquez’s winning portfolio is available for public viewing on the web.
BU’s School of Hospitality Administration (SHA) has recently adopted ePortfolios as a way for students to display their accomplishments in the program’s required internship courses. ePortfolios allow students to document and showcase what they have done in their professional career while studying. The ePortfolio requirement encourages students to start thinking about their career paths from their first internship, by gathering materials and documents that they may find useful in charting their future careers. The many documents they post include: a résumé, a cover letter, a sample thank-you letter to an interviewer, a LinkedIn profile, information about jobs applied for, reflection on a mock interview, an elevator speech, documentation of a networking event, and a reflection on the experience. This ePortfolio documentation helps students make the job-search process an integral part of their SHA career.