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ePortfolio

The ePorfolio Program at St. John’s University is designed to support students, faculty, and staff in the process of creating dynamic, engaging ePorfolios as a tool for teaching, learning, reflection, transformation, archives of learning, and assessment. Read additional information about where to begin, if you haven’t already.

ePortfolios can be used by advisors to track students’ academic progress, guide students’ professional interests, and determine as well as encourage students’ choices in study abroad programs. For advisors, ePortfolios can be a significant and visible illustration of a SJU undergraduate’s maturation during his or her years at the University. For graduate students, ePortfolios could document students’ personal development plans in the arenas of academics, research, and so forth. In short, ePortfolios will improve student learning, make that learning visible to students, foster reflective learning, and showcase learning to personal and professional communities.

The ePortfolio and University Assessment:

  • Accreditation processes for the University benefit incredibly from an electronic archive of student work that is able to be sorted and indexed to support educational goals. Right now, all that work is collected and sorted by individual professors by hand, which takes far more time.
  • ePortfolios encourage technical competency in the members of the University community and advance a fluency in this area that is necessary in our technological and global world, giving our students an edge compared to students of other universities that do not use ePortfolios.
  • During the University’s Admissions Open Houses, current students can access and exhibit ePortfolios as a way of showcasing to new students the breadth and diversity of experiences and education available at St. John’s University.

In The School of Education our students normally use ePorfolios for: Teaching Portfolios; edTPA Compliance and Accreditation.

Teaching Portfolio

Like other professionals, teachers need evidence of their growth and achievement over time. The professional portfolio is a vehicle for collecting and presenting that evidence. For many of us, it's just practicing what we preach. We encourage our students to select examples of their work over time to demonstrate how much they've learned, and we must do the same. Portfolios allow us to become reflective about what it is we do. And they allow us to document the practices we'd like to preserve and even pass on to others.

edTPA

edTPA is a preservice assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.

Students need to register themselves at edtpa.com and select the Integrated edTPA Platform Provider System. The university will be able to assist its students more if they use this method to complete the edTPA requirement for teacher certification.

Accreditation

The School of Education requires all students in the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Programs in the Department of  Education Specialties and Counseling & Department of Curriculum and Instruction to submit artifacts through the Digication ePortfolio platform. Artifact collection and grading is necessary for the college to remain accredited.

Each academic program requires students to create an ePortfolio which will host artifacts they will post based on the course they are currently taking. Students are not hosting artifacts from all the courses in their academic program, just from the ones that are indicated on the new program sheets or the assessment map that program faculty developed this past year. After a student posts the respective artifact on their ePortfolio they will submit their assignment in an Assessment Group which they have been enrolled in based on their academic program. Assessment grids developed by each program faculty identify the artifacts to deposit for each course.

FAQ

Q: My instructor told the entire class they need to "submit" an assignment on Digication after I submit it to the instructor for grading, but the course is not listed in my program assessment group. What should I do?

A: If the course is not in your program assessment group, then you don't need to submit that assignment. You can confirm this information by checking your program sheet used at advisement.

Q: When I have an assignment due from an instructor that is used for accreditation, do I just submit it on Digication for it to be graded too?

A: You need to submit it on Digication in your program assessment group. Separately you still need to submit the assignment according to the instructor's directions (ex. Email or handing the paper in class to instructor)

Q: Do I need to submit an assignment for every class I'm in during my academic career?

A: No. You only need to submit an assignment through Digication for the courses listed on your program assessment group.

Q: When I log in my program assessment group is listed incorrectly. What should I do to fix this?

A: Email an eportfolio Assistant at eportfoliosoe@stjohns.edu with your full name and x number and explaining the situation.

Assessment Map

FAQ

Q: My instructor told the entire class they need to "submit" an assignment on Digication after I submit it to the instructor for grading, but the course is not listed in my program assessment group. What should I do?

A: If the course is not in your program assessment group, then you don't need to submit that assignment. You can confirm this information by checking your program sheet used at advisement.

Q: When I have an assignment due from an instructor that is used for accreditation, do I just submit it on Digication for it to be graded too?

A: You need to submit it on Digication in your program assessment group. Separately you still need to submit the assignment according to the instructor's directions (ex. Email or handing the paper in class to instructor)

Q: Do I need to submit an assignment for every class I'm in during my academic career?

A: No. You only need to submit an assignment through Digication for the courses listed on your program assessment group.

Q: When I log in my program assessment group is listed incorrectly. What should I do to fix this?

A: Email an eportfolio Assistant at eportfoliosoe@stjohns.edu with your full name and x number explaining the situation.

Support

Need some assistance building your e-Portfolio? Schedule an appointment with a Writing Center or Learning Commons tutor today!

Support Contact for School of Education ePortfolio Use

ePortfolio Assistants
eportfoliosoe@stjohns.edu
718-990-8334