Thank you for pre-enrolling in Pathbrite’s new Portfolios for Educators feature, which will launch in its “1.0” form January 8, 2013. In preparation for Pathbrite’s new Educators feature, we’ll be providing you with research, tips, and resources to help you seamlessly introduce Pathbrite Portfolios to your students.
In a recent study published by the Educause Center for Applied Research, the authors collected responses from more than 100,000 students regarding their IT and education technology resources and tools. The study shows that 7 times as many students used ePortfolios (52% vs. 7%) over 2010-2012.
We’ve made great strides in improving the ePortfolios user experience for students and have enabled educators to better assess student performance, cognition, and competencies, all in real-time. In our own ongoing progress here at Pathbrite, we draw a great deal of inspiration from the book Documenting Learning with ePortfolios by authors Helen Chen, Tracy Penny Light, and John Ittelson. The reflective learning pedagogy detailed in the book has been instrumental in the development of our next-generation digital portfolio. Documenting learning is not only essential for information retainment, but it also prepares students to be better curators and presenters of their own learning outcomes. And ePortfolios are excellent indicators of understanding, which may be applicable for summative assessment.
To quote the book, beyond the classroom, ePortfolios can also provide a window for others (chairs, deans, alumni, employers, and so on) to view what is happening within the classroom and on the campus.
We look forward to your feedback once Portfolios for Educators goes live on January 8th. However, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the launch. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 415.766.4505.