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Bridges For Engineering Education: Exploring E Portfolios In Engineering Education At Virginia Tech

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Conference

2004 Annual Conference

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

Start Date

June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering/Education Collaborators

Page Count

15

Page Numbers

9.263.1 - 9.263.15

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https://peer.asee.org/13332

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Tamara Knott

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Session 3130

Bridges for Engineering Education: Exploring ePortfolios in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech

T. W. Knott1, V. K. Lohani1, O.H. Griffin, Jr1, G.V. Loganathan2 G. T. Adel3, and T. M. Wildman4 1 Engineering Fundamentals/ 2Civil and Environmental Engineering/ 3 Mining and Minerals Engineering/ 4Teaching and Learning Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Abstract

One of the objectives of an engineering/education collaborative known as Bridges for Engineering Education, Virginia Tech (BEEVT) is to create a contemporary framework for undergraduate engineering pedagogy. Among the issues being studied by the collaborative is the use of ePortfolios in the education of engineers. Several BEEVT investigators and selected engineering students participated in a pilot of the Virginia Tech Electronic Portfolio (VTeP) in fall 2003. This paper presents a review of studies on the use of portfolios and summarizes the findings of the pilot. The future plans of BEEVT investigators targeted at developing guidelines for the use and evaluation of ePortfolios for improving both student learning and engineering programs are also briefly discussed.

1. Introduction

In fall 2003, a group of engineering and education faculty at Virginia Tech received a planning grant from NSF under its Bridges for Engineering Education program. A goal of this collaborative effort, known as Bridges for Engineering Education, Virginia Tech (BEEVT), is to initiate long-lasting collaborative relationships between the engineering and education faculty at Virginia Tech. In pursuit of this goal, one of the objectives is to create a framework for undergraduate engineering pedagogy based on contemporary learning theory. The use of ePortfolios in engineering education is one of the initiatives to meet this objective.

The timing of the BEEVT effort coincides with a pilot at the university exploring the use of an ePortfolio system called Virginia Tech Electronic Portfolio System (VTeP). Several BEEVT investigators, representing Engineering Fundamentals, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mining and Minerals Engineering, selected students to participate in the VTeP pilot. This paper presents a review of studies on the use of portfolios, summarizes the findings of the pilot, and analyzes use of the ePortfolio as a tool to improve engineering pedagogy at Virginia Tech.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Knott, T. (2004, June), Bridges For Engineering Education: Exploring E Portfolios In Engineering Education At Virginia Tech Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/13332

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