e-Portfolios in the Design Classroom
As a part of the EPIC Committee (e-Portfolio Implementation Committee) here at Hostos Community College, I recently took up the challenge of using e-Portfolios in the Digital Design & Animation classes I teach. My Digital Illustration students are the chosen pilot group (lucky for them!).
Understanding how e-Portfolios could be used in my classroom was not something I understood right away. Teaching design at Hostos is a balancing act between technical and design instruction, so the idea of incorporating a web portfolio element was daunting. However, after one guest speaker from LaGuardia Community College, Dionne Miller, spoke to us about her own implementation in her Chemistry classes, I finally saw how e-Portfolios could add value to my design classroom. Immediately I began to develop the project heuristics for e-Portfolios:
- e-Portfolios should provide an opportunity for self-reflection on the creative process
- e-Portfolios should provide an opportunity for students to present project documentation
- e-Portfolios should provide another opportunity for students to represent their ideas in writing
- e-Portfolios should reinforce that every design project as an opportunity to build their professional portfolio
I look forward to testing these heuristics and reporting back as the semester progresses.