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Christy Desmet Director of First-year Composition Presented to 2007 Academic Affairs Faculty Symposium Unicoi State Park, Helen GA March 31, 2007. Writing, Reflection, and Assessment with ePortfolios. Specific Recommendations on “Effective Writing”. Writing Task Force 2006-2007. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Writing, Reflection, and Assessment with ePortfoliosChristy DesmetDirector of First-year Composition

    Presented to2007 Academic Affairs Faculty SymposiumUnicoi State Park, Helen GAMarch 31, 2007

  • Specific Recommendations on Effective Writing

  • Writing Task Force 2006-2007Fran Teague and Nelson Hilton, Co-ChairsRecommendations

  • Writing Task Force 2006-2007Fran Teague and Nelson Hilton, Co-ChairsRecommendations

  • Why ePortfolios? What is an ePortfolio?A place to CollectReflect onDisplay or publishmultimodal writing

  • What is an ePortfolio?An opportunity toRecord and reflect on growthDemonstrate discipline-specific writing skills and genresMake connections(e.g., between coursesor between academics and life)

  • What is an ePortfolio?An electronic archive that supportsStudent ownershipSharing of writingProgram assessmentResearch into the writing process 482,674 documents on March 16, 2007

  • Evaluation with ePortfolios provide the perfect feedback system:

    Shared rubric or vocabulary/set of assessment criteriaTextPeer reviewRevisionAssessmentPublication in the ePortfolio

  • Revision and Peer ReviewMarkup/RevisionMarkup makes rhetorical choices explicit;Web displays help students see their texts with new eyes;Ease of download/upload permits multiple revisions.

    Peer ReviewMakes students intelligent critics of their own and others writing;Provides students with multiple, authentic audiences;Fosters collaboration and responsibility;

  • It all begins with shared criteria.

    FYC Program establishes a rubric, which establishes criteria and levels for assessment.

  • Writers then . . . write.

    Writers produce their documents in the OpenOffice word processor.

  • Peers provide feedback.

  • Revision focuses on specific rhetorical elements.

  • Writers revise. Teachers comment and assess.

  • Students reflect, revise, publish.

  • ePorts travel with students across the curriculum

  • Assessment and ResearchFiles uploaded in the last 7 days: 3663 Files uploaded in the last 30 days: 14484 Files uploaded: 489646

  • Error AnalysisIn a preliminary investigation of errors marked in from Spring 2005, we looked at 748 essays from 10 sections with different instructors:

  • Sources and Citations

  • Revision StudyDoes revision improve writing (as measured by students' scores on essays)?

    Research Method450 graded essays submitted for a grade (before);Select 450 portfolio version of the same essays (after);Essays graded online and randomly by trained holistic raters;6-point rating scale calibrated to the program grading rubric.

  • Improvement in Scores

  • Cycle Completed