Catalyst in Action
Case Studies of High-Impact ePortfolio Practice

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In 2017, Bret Eynon and Laura M. Gambino released High-Impact ePortfolio Practice, which drew broad acclaim from faculty and educational leaders. “An instant classic,” wrote one reviewer. “The book I’ve been waiting for!” exclaimed another. With compelling evidence of the impact of ePortfolio “done well,” and a practical framework for educators to follow, this research study quickly led to the formal recognition of ePortfolio as a validated High Impact Practice.

Now, with Catalyst in Action: Case Studies of High-Impact ePortfolio Practice, Eynon and Gambino have taken the next step. The book offers 20 powerful case studies, drawn from campuses ranging from Bronx Community College to Yale University, from the University of South Carolina, to Dublin University and Arizona State.

In High Impact ePortfolio Practice, Eynon and Gambino outlined the Catalyst Framework, spotlighting the strategies needed to launch, build and sustain a “high-impact” ePortfolio practice. Linking integrative social pedagogy to technology, assessment and professional development, the Catalyst Framework offers guiding principles and classroom-based ePortfolio practices that improve student success, deepen the student learning experience, and catalyze learning-centered institutional change.

In Catalyst in Action, teams of faculty and college leaders detail their experiences exploring and testing the Framework on their campuses. Working with diverse groups of students in a broad range of disciplines and settings, the case study authors put Eynon and Gambino’s integrative strategies into practice. Catalyst in Action shares their findings and their insights.

As higher education enters a challenging new era, it must find new ways adapt and change, to support and demonstrate student growth and development. Catalyst in Action is a powerful combination of intensive research and practical experiencing. Offering exciting new evidence and fresh new insights, Catalyst in Action will be an invaluable resource for those who wish to build student success, advance higher learning, and meet the demands of the 21st century.

Table of Contents:
Foreword: How ePortfolios Are Changing the Meanings of Student Success—Carol Geary Schneider
Prologue—Bret Eynon and Laura M. Gambino, Editors

1) Self as Story: Meaning-Making and Identity Integration in Capstone ePortfolios—Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Northeastern University
2) Integrative Learning and Graduation with Leadership Distinction: ePortfolios and Institutional Change—Irma J. Van Scoy, Amber Fallucca, Theresa Harrison, and Lisa D. Camp, University of South Carolina, Columbia
3) High-Impact Catalyst for Success: ePortfolio Integration in the First-Year Seminar—Jordi Getman-Eraso and Kate Culkin, Bronx Community College (CUNY)
4) In a Company of Mentors: Finding Direction and Purpose in a Divinity School ePortfolio (and Discovering an Assessment Tool Along the Way!)—Bill Goettler, Yale University
5) Structured Advisement and Career Discernment via ePortfolio—John M. Collins, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
6) Scaling Strategies in Action: Developing an Institutional ePortfolio Practice—Samantha J. Blevins, Jeanne Mekolichick, and Eric G. Lovik, Radford University
7) ePortfolio and Declarations of Academic Self: A Tale of Two Contexts—Karen Singer-Freeman and Linda Bastone, Purchase College (SUNY)
8) From a Standing Start to a Sprint Finish: The Dublin City University Learning Portfolio Journey—Lisa Donaldson and Mark Glynn, Dublin City University
9) Writing and Reflecting for Transfer: Using High-Impact ePortfolios in Online First-Year Composition—Michelle Stuckey, Zach Waggoner, and Ebru Erdem, Arizona State University
10) Critical Junctures: Professional Development in an Evolving ePortfolio Landscape—Rajendra Bhika, Ellen Quish, and Eric Hofmann, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
11) From Berlin to Belize: Deepening the Global Learning Experience with ePortfolio Pedagogy—Kristina Baines and Katie Wilson, Guttman Community College (CUNY)
12) ePortfolio, Professional Identity, and Twenty-First Century Employability Skills—Jill Tomasson Goodwin and Katherine Lithgow, University of Waterloo
13) Not Just Another Assignment: Integrative ePortfolios, Curricular Integrity, and Student Professional Identity—Jessie L. Moore, Rebecca Pope-Ruark, and Michael Strickland, Elon University
14) What is ePortfolio “Done Well?”: A Case of Course Level Analysis—Peggy Hartwick, Julie McCarroll, and Allie Davidson, Carleton University
15) ePortfolio as a Capstone-in-Progress: Reflective Pedagogy, Faculty-Centric Processes, and Evidence of Impact—David Hubert and Emily Dibble, Salt Lake Community College
16) High-Touch Advising and the Cycle of ePortfolio Engagement—Danielle Insalaco-Egan, Guttman Community College (CUNY)
17) Building STEM Identity with a Core ePortfolio Practice—Preethi Radhakrishnan, Tonya Hendrix, Kevin Mark, Benjamin Taylor, and Ingrid Veras, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
18) Process, Pace, and Personalization: Lessons From a Scaling Story—Aleksey Tikhomirov, Nadia Rubaii, Cherie van Putten, and Thomas A.P. Sinclair, Binghamton University (SUNY)
19) Curating the Complete Self: ePortfolio Pedagogy in the First-Year Seminar in the Liberal Arts—Demetrios V. Kapetanakos, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
20) Rising from the Ashes: Blazing a New Trail for the Manhattanville Portfolio Tradition—Alison S. Carson, Christine Dehne, and Gillian Greenhill Hannum, Manhattanville College

Epilogue—Identity, Integration, and Cohesive Learning Pathways: An Examination of the Catalyst in Action Case Studies—Bret Eynon and Laura M. Gambino, Editors
About the Editors and Case Study Authors

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Reviews & Endorsements:
Catalyst in Action makes a compelling case that ePortfolios—when made central to degree programs and to students’ educational development—spur transformative redirection and new connections across both of these conceptions of student success: degree or credential completion and students’ demonstrated development of capacities needed and rewarded in the world beyond college.

As Catalyst persuasively shows, ePortfolio practices help students develop capacities such as purposeful inquiry, mindful reflection, and the intentional integration of learning from different contexts, both school-based and experiential. Students who engage in these practices graduate better prepared to both apply and continue their learning in their roles beyond college.

Catalyst in Action features twenty case studies from a diverse set of institutions, extending from broad access community colleges through four-year colleges and major universities in the U.S. and abroad, to graduate programs in education and divinity. Readers will find in these pages a wealth of new detail on the 'how' of institutionalizing ePortfolios, from first year experiences and bridge programs to designs for entire programs, to enhancements for high priority educational goals such as effective writing.”
- Carol Geary Schneider, Lumina Fellow, and president emerita of the Association of American Colleges and Universities
"Catalyst in Action is the rare book that goes beyond lessons learned to show how ePortfolios address some of the most pressing issues in higher education today. From Carol Schneider’s brilliant prologue through Eynon and Gambino’s masterfully cultivated case studies, readers will emerge with fresh insights and renewed inspiration to take on key challenges. ePortfolios may just be the highest-impact practice of them all."
- Ashley Finley, Associate Vice President, , Dominican University of California