Introduction

In this panel session, the presenters will discuss different perspectives of supporting the use of ePortfolios in higher education. Each panelist will focus on one aspect: faculty, student learning, technological, and portfolio community support, share examples from their own experiences, and discuss the successes and challenges of working in these support roles.

Panelist Perspectives

Allie Davidson (Carleton University, Canada) will share her perspective on supporting faculty teaching with ePortfolios. Allie will describe effective approaches and challenges to providing training, consultation, and ongoing support. She will also share examples of successful professional development initiatives for faculty.

Louise Carr (Hadlow College, UK) asks the questions: Is it flight, fright or freeze? Can a multi-perspective approach to course design reduce learners’ anxieties towards building ePortfolios? Louise will describe course design and pedagogic strategies employed to support learners using ePortfolios to record and reflect on their professional and personal development.

Lesley McCannell and Meg Goodine (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada) will share their experiences and support challenges in attempting to move a pilot to full implementation. Lesley will discuss strategies for student and faculty support to move from individual course ePortfolios to program-level ones. Meg will share her perspective on the organizational and technical aspects of scaling up an ePortfolio initiative.

Kristina Hoeppner (Catalyst, New Zealand) will provide a view of how a provider of ePortfolio software supports institutions and individuals worldwide ranging from simple how-to questions, pedagogical inquiries, and finding collaborators to highly technical discussions when institutions have full ownership of their ePortfolio software.