Participants Find What They’re Looking For in 3CSN’s Summer ePortfolios Design Lab

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Click on each slide above to get a closer look at the amazing ePortfolios some of our stellar design lab participants produced


Identified by the AAC&U as the 11th high impact practice influencing postsecondary success, campuses are eager to engage in ePortfolio work as we all strive to help students stay on the path and ensure learning.  With this in mind, we were excited to  kick off our Summer 2021 Design Labs with one focused on ePortfolios: “Hello, Is it Me You’re Looking For?: Designing an ePortfolio-Centered Course.” Spanning five sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 15th through June 29th, 27 educators representing 16 community colleges across the state gathered virtually to design ePortfolio-centered courses in community with 3CSN. These colleges included Antelope Valley College, Cerritos College, Cerro Coso Community College, Cypress College, East Los Angeles College, Long Beach City College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Medanos College, Mt. San Antonio College, Palomar College, San Diego Miramar College, San Jose City College, Ventura College, Victor Valley College, and West Los Angeles College.

The design lab objectives were: 

  • Expand knowledge of the ePortfolio as a tool for engagement, retention, completion & assessment in all learning environments

  • Meaningfully engage in module and assignment design for the ePortfolio

  • Explore ways to weave formative & summative assessment into an ePortfolio-based classroom  

  • Learn ways to support students in creation of  ePortfolios and create your own

  • Design in partnership with students

During the biweekly sessions, participants learned, reflected, and collaborated as they designed major elements of an ePortfolio-centered course:  modules, plan for assignments, rubrics, project statement, and their own ePortfolio or liquid syllabus.  The work helped educators to experience the “productive struggle” our students experience in creating their ePortfolios in order to support backward designing with their own students in mind.  

This summer’s team included 3CSN coordinators Kelan Koning and Diana Bonilla Hein (Los Angeles Mission College), student facilitators Jared Balduzzi, Iris Guerrero Morales, Julia Lopez, Elizabeth Bedrossian (CSU Northridge), and Angelica Valila (Cosumnes River College), and past participant Trang Abeid (Cosumnes River College).  We were also joined in Session 1 by Christina Nagao (El Camino College), a participant in our Summer 2020 and Winter 2021 labs, who share her experience with ePortfolios over the past year and encouraged others to keep going.

The lab provided a golden opportunity to hear from experienced students and faculty about their journeys with ePortfolios, both as an end-of-semester project and whole-semester journey.  Participants expressed appreciation for the chance to collaborate and peer review with students as well as faculty from various disciplines and colleges across the state.  

We will continue to offer community hours in the fall to provide a space for participants to continue to share their experiences and continue to serve as thought partners to one another as they apply their learning in the classroom.  

Check out some reflections from our participants:

“Hello, Is it Me You’re Looking For?: Designing an ePortfolio-Centered Course” participants reflect on their experience and the value of ePortfolios

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