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The Learning ePortfolio Process
Creation of Learning ePortfolios occurs during the Orientation/Registration process in July and August.
Students use the Learning ePortfolio to collect artifacts as evidence of their learning throughout their time at Otis. These artifacts encompass:
Lived Experiences: which include work, life, activities, co-curriculars, lectures and/or gallery visits
Process: this is research, drafts and/or sketches
Learning: for example reading, writing, designing and/or collaborating.
Students select artifacts for the Learning ePortfolio from the various assignments given in their courses. In certain circumstances, specific direction is given by instructors. The material selected for the Learning ePortfolio should best represent the student's work in a course and fulfill the learning outcomes as stated in the syllabus.
Students should consult the instructor with concerns or questions regarding what to upload on the Learning ePortfolio.
Reflection is the most critical aspect of the Learning ePortfolio. Students reflect on the artifacts (assignments) archived on the Learning ePortfolio. Instructors will provide direction in class.
Paolo Freire argued that when one does not reflect on what one is doing or on information being received, one becomes passive and easily led: “As learners we are constantly constructing, revising, and reconstructing our knowledge and beliefs to create a new framework of understanding. Reflection is the engine that drives this process. Through reflection students build upon and develop existing understandings to generate new knowledge.”
Students are better able to determine their own growth and learning when they take a moment to pause and think about what they have learned in a given course. Consequently, students stand better prepared to apply that knoweldge in future Otis courses as well as in their studio practice.
As artifacts are posted and uploaded onto the Learning ePortfolio, students share this information with the Otis Community.