Instructional Design: ePortfolios in the Classroom

Usability Testing and Reflection

Reflect on who you were able to conduct the usability testing? Were you able to get the right people? What can you do better to improve this in the future?

I asked the lead teacher from each grade level and our two administrators to take the course and complete the survey afterwards. I made sure that they were all aware that this would take about 30-45 and any and all feedback was very much appreciated. Using each grade level really helped make sure that the course was going to be applicable to all levels of learning. 

What impact did your platform have on the testing and results?

My district is Google based so this was the platform that our professional learning is expected to be hosted in. The modules are housed in Google Classroom and use Google Slides. All participants already have some knowledge on how to navigate all of the Google options so I think sticking to what we know was the best call for this professional learning course. 

What were the lessons you learned from the usability testing feedback?

Based off of the feedback and comments that my testers left, I have learned that the course needs to follow our district professional development days for the calendar year. I did not align the two and was made aware that there are a few assignments that are due on days that interfere with our district requirements. I also learned that I would needed to go back and make sure all of the assignments and activities were aligned with our expectations and helped meet our campus goals. 

What have you done to your design to address the usability issues revealed in the testing? What have you added or taken away?

I have changed our due dates and tweaked the verbiage in our assignments and activities to match our expectations. 

How has the testing impacted your alignment of outcomes, activities, and assignments?

I have never used usability testing in the past with other professional learning courses, but I can say now that I will use one for every course I design or offer. WIthout the testing I would have left due dates and expectations as they were and would not have been pleased with our outcome at the end of the course. Being made aware that some things did not align or were going to be difficult for our participants to complete really helped bring the focus back to creating professional learning courses that were teacher friendly.

How will you address the infrastructure, system, and support needs and issues that the learner may face?

Our learners will participate in a face to face meeting every nine weeks and we can address any issues that arise at that point. In between those meetings, I am available 2 days a week after school hours to address any needs that arise, offer support, and clarification.

ePortfolio Course Details

The primary goal of this Professional Learning Course is for participants to apply their knowledge of ePortfolios and create their own in order to assist students in designing and utilizing their own student ePortfolios throughout the school year and beyond.

  • All campus educators and administrators will complete the ePortfolio Professional Learning modules in a blended format. Each module will require face to face meetings and discussions and are accompanied with online exploration and ePortfolio creation.  
  • Course completion will take approximately 18 weeks and will result in understanding of ePortfolio creation and implementation in the classroom.
  •  Each participant will be in charge of designing and using their own ePortfolio during the 18 week course. 
  • The instructor’s role will be to facilitate the discussions, provide guidance with portfolio creations,  and provide assistance when needed.

Course Design and Implementation

My innovation plan is to implement ePortfolios in the elementary setting and provide students with the resources and opportunities to strengthen their learning styles, take ownership in the process and foster educational motivation. Asking students to navigate the broad spectrum of ePortfolios at such a young age would require optimal teacher support and and training. I have created a professional learning course to present on campus that will allow teachers to create their own unique ePortfolio and plan for implementation within their classroom.

Audience

ePortfolio Design and Implementation Course will be for all grade level teachers on campus as well as administration and student support personnel. For professional development to be effective, it must be more teacher-specific. Making this relevant to our classroom, students, and educator concerns will produce lasting effects in our system. 

Instructional Documents

My main instructional document I will be using in the course is the 3-Column Table and the the ePortfolio Course Outline.

Outcome-Based Education

Active Engagement is such a crucial part of professional learning.Therefore, teachers and administration participating in this professional learning course will create their own individual ePortfolio. Incorporating the 5-Key Principles of Effective Professional Learning will allow participants to feel that the content is relevant to their classroom and curriculum as well as supported throughout the implementation process.

Benefits

Incorporating student ePortfolio use in all grade levels allows for a much deeper and authentic learning experience. Students have the opportunity and, with continued guidance, the building of foundational skills to learn to take ownership of their learning experience.

3-Column Table

Course Outline