Getting Started with Taskstream ePortfolios at IUPUI
Once you've decided to adopt the Taskstream ePortfolio, your consultant in the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning will be an important partner in helping you decide how best to configure the platform to achieve your goals. If you expect your students to create or build on an Electronic Personal Development Plan (ePDP), you will have existing frameworks, scaffolding, and prompts on which you can build. If not, you'll need to think through some basic questions:
- What, specifically, do you want to experiment with or accomplish with ePortfolios?
- Who else needs to be part of your planning? Faculty or staff colleagues? Academic or career advisors? Research mentors or internship supervisors? Do you need to field-test the tool with your stakeholders before adopting a final version?
- How much experience do prospective users of the ePortfolio have with Taskstream or other ePortfolio platforms? Students, faculty, and staff will likely have had varying levels of experience, which you'll need to take into account as you develop instructions and guidance.
- Do you plan to use the ePortfolio for assessment? If so, you'll need to think through such issues as:
- What modules or curricular units will comprise the primary structure for the portfolio?
- Are these modules aligned with disciplinary standards or student learning outcomes or both?
- At what intervals will students interact with the portfolio?
- What items do you envision students including, and in what media? Or will students decide for themselves what to submit?
- Do you want to give students the opportunity to request feedback on drafts prior to revision for evaluation?
- Who will evaluate student work (you, a faculty team, peers, one or more external reviewers)?
- What reports will be useful to you and your colleagues in guiding curricular improvements or program enhancements?
- If your interest is in web-based showcases or presentations that your students develop for external and internal audiences, other questions come to mind:
- Are there specific pages or sections you want everyone to include (e.g., at least a resume page and a professional philosophy page)?
- Will you need to provide students with guidance about common professional or graduate-school expectations?
- Do you want students to include commentary about the reasons they chose particular projects or artifacts for inclusion or to reflect on how their chosen artifacts demonstrate (or helped them progress toward) achievement of outcomes or other goals?
- Will these portfolios be evaluated, and if so, by whom, with what criteria, and for what purpose?
Keep in mind that members of the ePortfolio team are available to meet with you and your colleagues to offer an introductory presentation, answer questions about ePortfolios, or help your department/program committee begin to map a process for your project. If you are not on our email list, let us know that you are interested in receiving announcements about relevant on-campus workshops and symposia, conferences, and grant opportunities.
IUPUI also offers other opportunities like the Moore Symposium to hear presentations by colleagues using ePortfolios for a variety of creative purposes. The ePortfolio Initiative maintains a collection of informational resources, including publications, presentations, and print and media overviews of ePortfolios and their many uses.
As your ideas take shape, schedule an appointment with an ePortfolio consultant at the CTL. That discussion will help you further clarify what you want and identify decisions you need to make next. At some point, it may be best to get a test site and simply start experimenting.