Project: Enhancing with E-Ports

Welcome to my outline of my Innovation Plan, Enhancing with E-Ports!

For further details on how and why this project will benefit our students:

Please visit my innovation plan, which details why I originally decided to tackle this project, and my Literature Review which includes supporting evidence based on traceable and reputable research.


Step 1: Preparing


  • Academic Goals
    • Starting within my college instrumentation classes
    • Striving to reach all instructors’ instrumentation classes
  • Supporters
    • Department Chair
    • Program Director
    • Instrumentation Instructors and Faculty
    • Students and family
  • Funding
    • No funding will be needed

Step 2: Planning


  • Platform and Content
    • wordpress.com
    • wordpress.org if students choose to purchase their own domain
  • Devices accessible to our students
    • Student computer lab
    • Student Technology Center
    • PLC Lab
    • Mary & John Gray library at Lamar campus
    • Personal devices
  • Room for Improvement and Efficiancy Measurement
    • Develop student surveys
    • Develop faculty user surveys
  • Grading
    • First Semester
      • Students will be graded only on participation during the e-portfolio launch
    • Second Semester and beyond
      • Students will receive a participation grade for the semester
      • Students will also receive grades based on rubrics for each given assignment that will be uploaded or posted on the e-portfolios
  • Strategies and Timeline
    • Prior to the start of the first semester of Enhancing with E-Ports
      • Introduce Enhancing with E-Ports innovation plan and request approval from Mr. O’Connor, Department Chair, and Mr. Jacobs, Program Director, along with our other instrumentation instructors, faculty members, and interested staff
      • Offer small group overviews and brief training to interested faculty within our program
    • First Semester of Enhancing with E-Ports: (Fall 2016)
      • Introduce E-Portfolios to students in four of my college level instrumentation classes
        • AC/DC Motor Controls
        • Programmable Logic Controls
        • Electrical Codes and Safety
        • Physics of Instrumentation
      • Encourage other faculty members to introduce E-Portfolios to their entry-level students (at minimum), but possibly everyone
      • Explain the importance of these digital documents and their possible benefits to our students within our program and beyond graduation
        • Collaboration with other students
        • Boost of student engagement in learning experiences
        • Assists with job placement upon graduation
        • Create contacts and relationships with future students of L.I.T.
      • Have each student construct a “skeleton e-portfolio”
      • Practice posting, editing, and customizing e-portfolios throughout the semester
    • Follow Up and Feedback: (End of Fall 2016 Semester)
      • Assign an anonymous feedback survey to each student involved in the e-portfolio implementation
      • Administer anonymous feedback surveys to all faculty members involved
      • Review the student and faculty feedback from the surveys with Mr. O’Connor, Mr. Jacobs, and other involved faculty members
      • Make any necessary changes and discuss our path forward in the next semester
    • Second Semester of Enhancing with E-Ports: (Spring 2017)
      • Repeat the “First Semester of Enhancing with E-Ports” phase from above with any entry-level classes
      • Begin more in-depth customizations with second-semester “e-portfolio-ers”
      • Start assigning lab summaries as blog posts
      • Assign field related, industry inspired, outside of class activities to be discussed as blogs throughout the semester
      • Provide feedback to students throughout the semester to ensure they are on the right track
      • Have students create a page within their e-portfolio detailing their learning experiences, hands-on activities, and acquired knowledge from the over-all course as their “Final” project
    • Follow Up and Feedback: (End of Spring 2017 Semester)
      • Once again, assign an anonymous feedback survey to each student involved in the e-portfolio implementation
      • Administer feedback surveys to all faculty members involved
      • Review the student and faculty feedback from the surveys with Mr. O’Connor, Mr. Jacobs, and other involved faculty members
      • Make any necessary changes and discuss our path forward in the next semester
    • Dreams for our Co-Op Class through Enhancing with E-Ports: (Fall 2017 Semester)
      • Graduating students should have an e-portfolio developed by this time
      • Students in this class will create a weekly blog updating us on their recent field experiences, newly gained knowledge, weekly work/school schedule, and outlook for the next week
      • Students will create an end-of-semester project using their preferred form of digital media to upload to their e-portfolio giving a complete summary of their co-op experience
    • On the horizon, possibilities of Enhancing with E-Ports: (Fall 2017-Fall 2018)
      • Increase the number of activities and the amount of student engagement with each other and their e-portfolios
      • Begin to assign special projects such as interviews with field personnel or industry leaders for students to blog about
      • Provide feedback to ensure our students remain on the right track
      • Continue to attempt to bring other faculty members on board as we see the benefits for our students from their positive feedback

Step 3: Implementation


  • Professional Development
    • Who
      • Instrumentation Instructors and faculty members
      • Department Chair
      • Program Director
      • Technology services
    • What
      • How we will work together
      • Challenges we may face
      • Mindsets of embracing educational change
      • Benefits for our students
      • Qualities of personal characteristics
      • Technical skills
    • When
      • Initial professional development briefing will be held before Fall 2016 semester begins
      • More detail courses will be available each year during All College Day
    • How
      • Face-to-Face classes during All College Day
      • Online instructional videos via Blackboard
  • Continuous Improvement
    • Capture lessons learned
      • Review feedback from surveys
      • Discuss what worked well
      • Enhance what did not work well

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Project: Enhancing with E-Ports

  1. readthinkrepeatblog says:

    Peer Review #1
    I like the bulleted list. It makes everything easy to see. I agree with having a few items to work on so as not to be overwhelmed. I see how you built in collaboration. I concur. It’s important to have some allies to support you. I think eportfolios are great. I also built in surveys for the students. They will be brutally honest and can really inform your process.
    Question: What age are the students? I’m assuming high school or college. Maybe add that to your plan.
    Check me out at http://www.readthinkrepeatblog.com I’d love for you to give me some constructive criticism.

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  2. Kari Maurer says:

    Peer Review #2:
    Wow! What a detailed outline! I really like your long-term plan for the students who continue in your classes. By the time they’re done with their program they will have well-developed ePortfolios that will help them get jobs. The feedback survey will be helpful in your implementation each time. Nice work!

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  3. Isaura Herrera says:

    Peer Review #3
    Your plan for implementing E-Portfolios appropriately includes realistic timeframes and an overview of how it will be introduced and explained to students making it a meaningful project. You’ve also included the assignment of an anonymous survey for students; would faculty feedback also help in your quest to defining the effectiveness of the project? It could possibly be integrated with other classes to make it even more meaningful! I would suggest putting the grade/school level somewhere for first-time viewers. Overall, you’ve done an excellent job making an assignment into a meaningful project that not only incorporates a student’s academic life, but also their personal interests.

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    1. Chelsea Hoke says:

      Thank you for your suggestions! Yes, the age/grade level will definitely be included. I have it on my revision list right now. Faculty feedback surveys are a great idea! I will add those also. Thank you so much!

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