UD receives funding for ePortfolio initiative


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12:13 p.m., Jan. 3, 2011----The University of Delaware is one of 21 institutions nationwide to be awarded a three-year Connect to Learning: ePortfolio, Engagement, and Student Success grant to strengthen best practices in ePortfolio pedagogy.

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Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), UD will use a structured matrix model to further develop and implement a reflective teaching, learning and assessment ePortfolio system that supports the University's strategic initiative of strengthening student engagement and provides documentation of student learning for departments and academic programs.

Grantees were selected through a highly competitive application process.

In awarding the grant to UD, the application review team wrote: “(We) selected your proposal for its vision, thoughtful planning, and promise of benefit to your students and faculty, as well as your potential contribution to our collaborative effort to generate evidence-based models for reflective ePortfolio practice.”

Randall Bass, assistant provost for teaching and learning initiatives at Georgetown University, and Helen Chen, research scientist at the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning at Stanford University, will serve as the project's senior research scholars.

The Connect to Learning project is a collaborative effort of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Educational Assessment, and the IT-Client Services and Support offices.

A team that includes Karen Stein, faculty director of ePortfolios and director for the Center for Teaching and Learning; Gabriele Bauer, associate director, Center for Teaching and Learning; Kathleen Pusecker, director, Office of Educational Assessment; and Nancy O'Laughlin, IT resource consultant, will attend the January kickoff national ePortfolio Forum, held in San Francisco and sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

See the website for further information about the UD ePortfolio initiative.