June 20, 2010
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Computers in Education
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Student Electronic Portfolios for Professional Development Using Google Apps Abstract
The primary goal of our undergraduate program is to produce engineers who are one step ahead of their peers, who have begun to prepare themselves for more than just their entry-level jobs. In order to accomplish this, we seek improvements to the educational process outside the classroom and ways to encourage students to have a more direct role in their own personal development. For this purpose, we present here the Notre Dame Electronic Portfolio (NDeP) project, which is designed to help us meet this goal. To date, we have successfully launched the NDeP project to a class of ~80 chemical engineering sophomores who were able to create electronic portfolios, and we were able to assess these portfolios using a rubric developed for this purpose.
The primary goal of our undergraduate program is to produce engineers who are one step ahead of their peers, who have begun to prepare themselves for more than just their entry-level jobs. In order to reach this goal for our students, our department has developed
include: Analytical and problem solving skills Strong analytical and problem solving skills and overall technical experience in chemical engineering concepts and principles Define and understand engineering concepts Ability to define and understand engineering concepts and phenomena in the context of systems that extend beyond the domain of traditional chemical engineering Understand technical problems Understanding of technical problems in the broader context of society, including external economic and possibly social factors Communication skills Strong communication skills (oral and written; listening, comprehending, ability to interact with peers and professors) Creativity and independence Development of independence and creativity in thought and action, with skills and aspirations such as leadership, teamwork, and entrepreneurism Organizational skills The personal organizational skills, the sense of personal responsibility and commitment, the initiative, and the ability to self-assess necessary to be a consistently successful professional
As with every accredited engineering department in the U.S., our department assesses our program according to the ABET quality standards. Our chemical engineering program has been accredited since 1949, and as part of new sustainable continuous improvement process, we feel that while we will continue to make small improvements within the classroom, large improvements in the educational process can be made outside the classroom. Additionally, the ability to assess these extracurricular efforts towards our department goals is crucial. Thus, the Notre Dame Electronic Portfolio project (NDeP) was proposed to meet these process goals.
An electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) is a collection of electronic files that is created and maintained by a user as evidence of professional development. E-portfolios are both
Kuczenski, J., & Enszer, J., & McCready, M., & Brockman, J. (2010, June), Student Electronic Portfolios For Professional Development Using Google Apps Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16272
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