Dyson Day Showcases New Media in the Classroom

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    Pace University CIO Ganesan Ravishanker shares tips on how to use Google in the classroom with faculty attendees at Dyson Day 2010.

Pace University is in the midst of a university-wide pilot program to inform faculty about the possibilities for using ePortfolios for student learning enhancement, course and program assessment, as well as for career development. The annual Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Conference Day, March 19, 2010, attended by approximately 100 faculty members, focused on “Making Learning Visible” with an emphasis on ePortfolios and other Instructional Technology.

Executive Director of the World ePortfolio Association (AAEEBL) Trent Batson gave the keynote address, “An Invitation to Leisure, or, How to Get Students to Do Most of the Work.”  A Roundtable Expo followed the keynote with conference attendees invited to visit different stations staffed by faculty and staff experts for 10-minute demonstrations on ePortfolios, Applications of Web 2.0, Google, Wikis and Blogs.

During lunch a faculty/student panel presented their work with ePortfolios; the students showed their works-in-progress and discussed how they are using ePortfolios as well as wikis and blogs for their courses, internships, career development, and own self-development. The customized Mahara open source platform allows students to store documents, photos, videos and other electronic artifacts of their work and selectively publish sections to the Web. Thus, the ePortfolios serve as a showcase of coursework that students can use when applying for jobs and internships or to share with colleagues.

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  Executive Director of the World ePortfolio Association (AAEEBL) Trent Batson gave the keynote address, “An Invitation to Leisure, or, How to Get Students to Do Most of the Work.”  

Associate Professor Andres Villagra was presented with the first Dyson Instructional Technology Award for his use of wikis and blogs in his Spanish courses

Faculty who attended the Dyson College development conference seemed impressed by the efforts underway and excited to bring them into their own classrooms. “We believe that the presentations, student testimonials, and general discussion have had a significant impact on our ePortfolio program and have expanded the conversation about the importance of ePortfolio as a tool for teaching and learning throughout the university,” said Linda Anstendig, PhD, who is co-leading Pace University’s ePortfolio Advisory Board.