CEP 813

Co-taught, Michigan State University, Spring 2010, Spring 2011

Course description: Web-based professional teaching and student portfolios. Authentic assessment, evaluation rubrics, alternative assessment. Portfolios for teaching writing, science, social studies, and art.

The Course

Students complete this course during their online Master of Arts in Education (MAED) or Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) programs.  The aim of the course is to help in-service teachers present their classrooms in a sustainable online environment, in addition to showcasing their students’ best work on the web. Students are encouraged to write and design for an authentic audience, including their students, students’ families, school, and community members.

Using softwares (many free) such as Google Sites, Weebly, WordPress, iWeb, and others, students design their own web portfolios containing the following elements:

  • Homepage
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Student work policy page: School/district policies for showcasing students’ work on the internet
  • Teaching philosophy: Essay explaining teachers’ beliefs about teaching and learning
  • Student work showcase: Examples of their students’ work
  • Vision for the future: Essay about the teachers’ plans for using their portfolios and the portfolio concept in their future teaching
  • (Optional) About Me page, links to other websites (such as capstone course portfolio)

In this course, the students work in four-person groups called “houses.” Members of the houses work together to support each other’s learning through discussion of course readings and instruction.  They also critique and provide feedback on their housemates’ portfolio work each step of the way.  At the conclusion of the semester, we hold online “exhibitions,” during which the instructors and students participate in a two-hour chat.  The purpose of the exhibitions is two-fold: first, students receive feedback, and second, we celebrate the students’ accomplishments during the semester.  After the exhibition, students have the opportunity to act on the feedback they received and revise their portfolios before the final grading period.

Information about Using Portfolios

“Vines, Timelines, Lifelines, and Lifelong Learning” (PDF) by Dr. W. Patrick Dickson

Literature on portfolios

Exemplary Portfolios

Carley Jean Hackney

Alissa Hamilton

Patrice Hill

Benjamin Thompson

Mary Anna Thornton