ePortfolios as a Disruptive Faculty Development Innovation

Concurrent Session 9

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

The California State University Course Redesign with Technology initiative is showcasing faculty engaging in successful course redesign models to achieve greater student success via ePortfolios.  A key consequence is the instructor intentional reflection to find meaning in the redesign experience.  

Presenters

Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D., Director, Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) at the CSU Office of the Chancellor provides strategic planning and project and vendor management in support of AL$ initiatives and leads a number of campus and system-wide collaborations. Previously, Leslie served as the director of instructional technology support services at CSULB, engagement and user community relations manager for WebCT, and was tenured faculty at Fullerton College. She has an MA in Linguistics and a second Masters in Online Learning and Teaching. Her doctorate is in educational leadership in higher education with a focus on supporting mainstream faculty adoption of instructional technologies. Her work and education background includes a unique combination of relevant vendor experience, project management of diverse academic technology projects and teams, and first-hand experience as a faculty member which enables her to provide vision and guidance to AL$.
Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, www.merlot.org) and SkillsCommons (www.skillscommons.org) for the California State University, the Director for the Center for Usability for Design and Accessibility and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. At MERLOT and SkillsCommons, he directs the development and sustainability of the international consortium and technology strategy to provide open educational services to improve teaching and learning and continues to development the US Department of Labor's open repository of educational resources for workforce development. Gerry's previous positions include Assistance Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, the Director of Faculty Development and Director of Strategy Planning at CSU, Long Beach.

Extended Abstract

The California State University (CSU) Course Redesign with Technology (CRT) initiative is showcasing faculty engaging in successful course redesign models to achieve greater student success. These showcases or ePortfolios document the reasons why instructors are redesigning their courses and the accomplishments they have experienced over a 12 month period.   Faculty describe their newly implemented pedagogical methodologies including a variety of instructional technologies.  In addition, they share their student feedback and analyze their course data to report on their course redesign successes and challenges.  A key feature of the ePortfolio is the instructors’ intentional reflection to find meaning in the redesign experience which is a core academic function for students and instructors.  To that end, these faculty-created ePorfolios are shared publicly so that peers, departments, and in some cases, institutions can analyze the redesign experience to better understand what students are learning and the innovative approaches implemented by the instructors.