Over the course of the C2L project, we have surveyed students, faculty, and staff in multiple roles; we have conducted focus groups; we have interviewed students; we have evaluated student work using rubrics; and we have compiled and analyzed usage data and statistics. We have learned surprising things such as our graduate students and graduate programs have embraced ePortfolio more strongly than some of the undergraduate programs we had initially targeted. We’ve also learned that the ePortfolio platform and the technology issues are central to a user’s satisfaction with and use of the system. Many times technology troubles overshadow a user’s ability to use the ePortfolio to its fullest potential. We have learned that when ePortfolio “clicks” with a student or faculty member, they can do wonderful things with it. We have also learned that ePortfolio has great potential as a tool we can use to evaluate evidence of student learning.
What we have struggled with has been collecting data in the areas of pass rates, retention rates, GPA or course and program completion rates tied to ePortfolio use. We recognize that our project has lacked this kind of evidence and we’re doing our best to focus on that this year. We have met with our Office of Assessment leadership team and have developed the following goal: To study the relationship between strong ePortfolio usage over time with grades, and with overall student engagement as shown in NSSE results. To make this happen, we have already worked with our Programming group who has identified “super-users” of ePortfolio. We will work closely with both the Assessment office and Programming department to collect the right information that can be studied and compared with other factors such as grades, retention, and NSSE survey results.