Leveraging the ePortfolio for Integrative Learning
A Faculty Guide to Classroom Practices for Transforming Student Learning

Foreword by Terry Rhodes
Paper: 978 1 57922 900 9 / $29.95
Published: August 2014  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 899 6 / $95.00
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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
186 pp., 7" x 10"
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The fruit of the authors’ more than 15 years of using and writing about ePortfolios in general education and disciplinary programs and courses, this book is a comprehensive and practical guide to the use of the ePortfolio as a pedagogy that facilitates the integrative learning that is a central goal of higher education.

Faculty and administrators of programs using ePortfolios can use this guide to help their students work individually on an ePortfolio or as part of a class or program requirement. Readers will discover through examples of student portfolios and targeted exercises how to assist students in making their learning visible to themselves, their peers, their instructors and their future employers

While interest in ePortfolios has exploded—because they provide an easier and more comprehensive ways to assess student learning than traditional portfolios, and because they have the potential to transformatively develop students’ ability to connect and apply their knowledge—faculty and administrators all too often are disappointed by the lackluster ePortfolios that students submit. Reynolds and Patton demonstrate how systematically embedding practices in the classroom that engage students in integrative learning practices dramatically improves outcomes. The authors describe easy to use and practical strategies for faculty to incorporate integrative ePortfolios in their courses and curricula, and create the scaffolding to develop students’ skills and metacognition.

The book opens by outlining the underlying learning theory and the key concepts of integrative learning and by describing the purpose, structure and implementation of ePortfolios. Subsequent sections cover classroom practices and assignments to help students understand themselves as learners; make connections between course content, their personal lives, and to the curriculum; bridge theory to practice; and consider issues of audience and communication and presentation in developing their portfolios. The book goes on to cover technological issues and assessment, with a particular emphasis on the use of rubrics; and concludes with explicated examples of ePortfolios created in a first-year program, ePortfolios created by graduating students, career-oriented ePortfolios, and lifelong ePortfolios.

For both experienced faculty and administrators, and readers just beginning to use ePortfolios, this book provides a framework and guidance to implement them to their fullest potential.

Table of Contents:

Foreword—Terry Rhodes

Part One: Key Concepts

1. ePortfolios as a Tool for Integrative Learning

2. Integrating Knowledge: The Crux of an Education

3. Retooling Your Syllabus and Teaching: Integrating Integrative Learning and ePortfolios Into Your Course

Part Two: Teaching for Integrative Learning

4. Fostering Reflective Practice

5. Making Connections or Integrating Knowledge

6. Making Connections for Lifelong Learning

7. Communicating Effectively in ePortfolios: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Part Three: Creating the ePortfolio

8. Designing an ePortfolio System

9. Making an ePortfolio Using Free Web-Based Software

Part Four: At the End

10. Assessment of ePortfolios: Using Rubrics to Assess

11. Parting Thoughts


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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Integrative learning is often seen as the Holy Grail for various learning contexts, such as general education and lifelong learning. It’s believed to exist, but it’s often unclear how to foster such learning in meaningful ways. Destined to be a seminal text, what Reynolds and Patton provide here is a map to integrative learning through ePortfolios with practical advice leading to real outcomes. I will be providing this book as a manual for those who teach using ePortfolios."
- C. Edward Watson, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning, University of Georgia; and Executive Editor , International Journal of ePortfolio
"Interspersed with thoughtful anecdotes and tested examples of activities and implementation strategies, Leveraging the ePortfolio for Integrative Learning is a useful resource for those in the early stages of exploring ePortfolios as well as for more experienced practitioners. Reynolds and Patton highlight the affordances of ePortfolio pedagogy and practice that make ePortfolios uniquely suited to facilitate reflection on and document evidence of integrative learning for a wide range of audiences including, most importantly, the learners themselves."
- Helen L. Chen, PhD, Research Scientist and Director of ePortfolio Initiatives, Office of the Registrar, Stanford University; and Co-Founder , EPAC ePortfolio Community of Practice