As instructors of students seeking a two-year associate’s degree, our faculty at LIT is constantly faced with the struggle between real-world, hands-on learning versus book, lecture, and old-school learning. Coming from a technical school, our students expect more technology than what they have been given in the past. We must realize by making these changes, we are helping our students enhance their learning experiences, improve their learning environments, and take control over their own education. Remember, our future adults, our future jobs, and our future country, depends on how we teach the students of today! When it is all said and done, employers who are looking to hire students straight out of school, do not want to know what classes our students have completed, but what information and skills they have learned instead! What better way can our students showcase their acquired knowledge, other than compiling everything in one area as they progress through their educational program on some form of e-Portfolio platform?
In order to successfully implement and utilize an e-Portfolio platform throughout our program, and hopefully across our department in the near future, we must ensure our instructors have quality training, feel comfortable with the material themselves, and have access to continued faculty support during implementation. The only way we can possibly achieve this level of training will be to change the way we are currently administering professional development as mentioned in my video at the top of this page. Our intra-program focus will be to familiarize Instrumentation Instructors with e-Portfolios and blogging, and how they can become a valuable classroom tool. For now, we will target our instructors to allow them ample opportunities to play, practice, and explore e-Portfolio platforms and capabilities with little to no pressure or fear. We will begin classroom implementation to the students in the spring of 2018 with a similar PL series, Enhancing with e-Ports Phase II, geared more toward teacher/student success.
For more details on this training program, please view my visual outline. I will continue to update the session agendas as they become available, and continue to include additional resources as I discover applicable information. If you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions, I would love to hear from you!