High-Impact ePortfolio Practice
A Catalyst for Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning

Foreword by George D. Kuh
Paper: 978 1 62036 505 2 / $35.00
Published: January 2017  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 504 5 / $95.00
Published: February 2017  

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Published: January 2017  

E-Book: 978 1 62036 507 6 / $27.99
Published: January 2017  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
256 pp., 7" x 10"
49 figures, 5 tables & 50 boxes
At a moment when over half of US colleges are employing ePortfolios, the time is ripe to develop their full potential to advance integrative learning and broad institutional change.

The authors outline how to deploy the ePortfolio as a high-impact practice and describe widely-applicable models of effective ePortfolio pedagogy and implementation that demonstrably improve student learning across multiple settings.

Drawing on the campus ePortfolio projects developed by a constellation of institutions that participated in the Connect to Learning network, Eynon and Gambino present a wealth of data and revealing case studies. Their broad-based evidence demonstrates that, implemented with a purposeful framework, ePortfolios correlate strongly with increased retention and graduation rates, broadened student engagement in deep learning processes, and advanced faculty and institutional learning.

The core of the book presents a comprehensive research-based framework, along with practical examples and strategies for implementation, and identifies the key considerations that need to be addressed in the areas of Pedagogy, Professional Development, Outcomes Assessment, Technology and Scaling Up.

The authors identify how the ePortfolio experience enhances other high-impact practices (HIPs) by creating unique opportunities for connection and synthesis across courses, semesters and co-curricular experiences. Using ePortfolio to integrate learning across multiple HIPs enables students reflect and construct a cohesive signature learning experience.

This is an invaluable resource for classroom faculty and educational leaders interested in transformative education for 21st century learners.

Table of Contents:
Foreword: And Now There Are 11 by George D. Kuh

Part One: High-Impact ePortfolio Practice and the Connect to Learning Project

1. ePortfolio: A High-Impact Practice

Part Two: ePortfolio Done Well: The Catalyst Framework
2. The Catalyst Framework: An Evidence-Based Approach to ePortfolio Practice
3. Integrative ePortfolio Pedagogy
Social Pedagogies in ePortfolio Practices: Principles for Design and Impact by Randall Bass
4. Professional Development for High-Impact ePortfolio Practice
5. Outcomes Assessment That Closes the Loop
6. The "e" in ePortfolio: ePortfolio as Technology
7. Scaling Up! Six Core Strategies for Effective ePortfolio Initiatives
From Scaling to Transformation: ePortfolio and the Rebundling of Higher Education by Randall Bass

Part Three: The Difference ePortfolio Makes
8. Why ePortfolio? The Impact of ePortfolio Done Well

Part Four: ePortfolio as Connector and Catalyst
9. Joined at the HIP
10. Next-Generation ePortfolio Practice

About the Contributors



Reviews & Endorsements:
“Eynon and Gambino’s new book presents the hopeful premise that ePortfolios may be the first truly High Impact Practice that can be developed and deployed fully in the online realm. ePortfolios provide learners of all types the tools to track, showcase, reflect on, and assess their own learning, both over time and across curricular and co-curricular learning environments. Like all eLearning tools, however, ePortfolios are only as effective as the context in which they are deployed. High Impact ePortfolio Practice is a research-based introduction for faculty, administrators and academic technology experts exploring ePortfolio practices and how to use them as a tool to promote cohesive, reflective and integrated pedagogy.

Eynon and Gambinos’ distillation of the Connect to Learning project assembles a strong body of research-supported practices that encourage further research on how ePortfolios can promote student engagement, reflection, and achievement. Another topic worth further research and development is the Catalyst Framework itself, which might have applications in deploying other eLearning technologies.”
- Teachers College Record
“Challenging the noisy legion of digital gurus who see job-specific training as the best choice for first-generation learners, Eynon and Gambino provide compelling evidence that ePortfolios can help underserved students achieve those distinctively twenty-first century liberal arts: agency as motivated learners, creativity in connecting myriad kinds of formal and informal learning, and reflective judgment about their own roles in building solutions for the future. An invaluable resource for all.”
- Carol Geary-Schneider, Fellow, Lumina Foundation; President Emerita , Association of American Colleges and Universities