Computing & Information Services

Is There a Niche for ePortfolios
at Liberal Arts Colleges?

The West Coast NITLE Group
Portland, Oregon
October 23-24, 2008

Overview and Assessment | Agenda | Presentations


Unlike other areas of higher education, private liberal arts colleges have been slow to adopt electronic portfolios (ePortfolios).  Fewer than a third of liberal arts colleges surveyed in spring 2008 are supporting ePortfolios and the majority of those institutions are doing so to meet education department needs. Yet nearly all schools in the survey indicated some interest in ePortfolio technology.

The purpose of this workshop is to examine the potential value of ePortfolios for undergraduate liberal arts institutions.  How might students and faculty take advantage of ePortfolios to enhance the learning experience, document student progress, improve assessment, support job seeking and graduate school applications, and serve other purposes?  The workshop will also explore the question of whether the "Web 2.0" resources freely available today are superseding traditional, institutionally-supported ePortfolio technologies. 


In order to promote maximum interaction, workshop size will be limited to 25 participants plus speakers.  Each session will include a presentation of roughly 30 minutes followed by group discussion of 30-45 minutes.  Ample time for informal discussion between sessions has also been scheduled.


The workshop is intended for faculty, instructional technologists, academic administrators, librarians, and others at NITLE member institutions that are interested in the topic of ePortfolios.  Preference will be given to those from NITLE schools in Washington, Oregon, and California.  However, individuals from all NITLE member institutions are welcomed to participate as seating permits.

Workshop Assessment Summary

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The workshop is an IIF project of the West Coast NITLE Group, hence grant funds will cover registration, meals, lodging, and up to $500 per person for travel.  (Exceptions to the $500 travel limit may be made by special request.)

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