Tuesday 4th June, 2013
2:00pm to 2:45pm
This session is geared toward people new to portfolios within the Sakai community, and it offers a general overview of how we use the Sakai Portfolio tools (often referred to as the Open Source Portfolio, or OSP, tools). At Virginia Tech we utilize the Matrices and Portfolio Templates tools to facilitate learning, assessment, and professional development, and it is through the use of the Sakai portfolio tools that we have been able to find the, often elusive, balance between those three areas. In this session, presenters will share a bit of our pedagogical philosophy, as well as examples of how faculty at our institution are using the Sakai portfolio tools for learning, assessment, and professional development.
Marc Zaldivar is the Director of the ePortfolio Initiatives at Virginia Tech, where he loves the challenge of blending quality pedagogy with emerging technologies. He has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design, an M.A. in English, and a B.A. in English, all from Virginia Tech. Recent research interests have been on reflective practice, digital identities, narrative structures of identity, and the use of ePortfolios for assessment, learning, and professional development.
Associate Director, ePortfolio Initiatives
Dr. Summers has a breadth of experience with learning technologies and electronic portfolios, including the wide-scale adoption of ePortfolios across the University of Georgia's First-Year Composition program. She currently serves as the Associate Director for ePortfolio Initiatives at Virginia Tech. In this role, Dr. Summers contributes to the development of ePortfolio-related curriculum for learning, assessment, and professional development, as well as faculty development and training. Her current research interests include the use the ePortfolios to facilitate learning and assessment in the 21st century and use of ePortfolios in touchstone, keystone, and capstone courses. Dr. Summers has led workshops and presented at such conferences as EDUCAUSE and the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning, and her publications include "ePortfolios for Learning, Assessment, and Professional Development" in Critical Design and Effective Tools for eLearning in Higher Education.
Jianqiang Zhang (English name: Will Fox) has been working as an instructional designer and ESL teacher at Yantai University in China since he got his master's degree in Applied Linguistics in June 2006. He has been actively involved in the design and development of several desktop and online second language learning and testing systems. In fall 2012, he was admitted to the Instructional Design and Technology program at Virginia Tech and began his full-time study as a PhD student. Meanwhile, he started working as a graduate assistant at the ePortfolio Initiatives office of Virginia Tech, mainly in charge of template development, maintenance and user support of the Sakai portfolio system.
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