2009 Canadian e-Learning Conference Program

e-Portfolios Implementation in Teacher Education

Session Title: e-Portfolios Implementation in Teacher Education

Time & Date: 9:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M., Friday, June 19, 2009

Location: Rm. 261, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC)

Session Description: The e-Portfolio project established by the Teacher Education Office (TEO) at the University Of British Columbia (UBC) in partnership with the Office of Learning Technology (OLT) represents an innovative integration of emerging, open-source technology in the context of teacher education.

Since 2007/2008 a graduation requirement of teacher candidates has been the completion of an e-portfolio. Teacher candidates upload digital artifacts and reflect on them in relation to UBC Attainment of Standards Report which addresses the BC College of Teachers Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in BC. Artifacts and reflections are drawn from coursework and practicum components of the teacher education program. All e-Portfolios are stored for five years following graduation.

In this interactive panel we will discuss the WordPressMU interface as an e-Portfolio platform and how the Teacher Education Program has implemented e-Portfolios as a classroom learning tool and a content management system. We will focus on three themes: the extent to which e-Portfolios can engender sharing and collaboration in the classroom; the implementation of the e-Portfolio project; and learner perspectives of e-Portfolios. Participants will hear from teacher candidates and project leaders about how the project works on the ground. Participants will also have the opportunity to consider how they would represent their professional practices using digital artifacts and discuss the value of e-Portfolios in teaching and learning.

Conference Stream: Learning & Teaching

Session Format: Panel Discussion

Co-Presenter: Lucas Wright

Co-Presenter Bio: Lucas Wright has recently completed a Masters in Education. His final research project as part of this program was the development of an e-Portfolio evaluation plan for the Teacher Education Office at the University of British Columbia. He has worked in the area of technology and learning and e-Portfolios for the past two-years.

Co-Presenter: Catherine Paul

Co-Presenter Bio: Catherine Paul (MA – History, BEd) is a Community of Practice Facilitator with the Office of Learning Technology, at UBC, where she combines her passion for people with 10 years of experience working with Learning Technologies.

Co-Presenter: Anne Scholefield

Co-Presenter Bio: Anne (BGS, MEd, PhD) is a former classroom teacher of grades 3-12. For the past 13 years she has been involved in teacher education, most recently as the Special Project Coordinator in the Faculty of Education. For two years, her assignment has been to develop the e-portfolio project required of all graduating teacher candidates from UBC’s teacher education program. So, she has 2 years of experience working with a Learning Technology.

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