Work in progress - Using eportfolios to showcase student projects

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Abstract

An ePortfolio is a collection of personal work on a website that can be used by students to showcase their work as a supplement to their resume. The authors propose to include creating such an online ePortfolio as a part of an introductory freshman-level course where students start building them. As they progress in their major, more skill sets/projects developed in the later academic years can be added. ePortfolios can be a very effective way for students to market their talent to potential employers and even to graduate programs. The process of creating an ePortfolio can aid in increasing engagement of students in their learning process and encourage them to take responsibility for their work. The creation of the ePortfolio itself also develops skills such as website creation which add to the student's personal and professional development. As the authors teach mechanical engineering, they have implemented this idea in junior/senior level mechanical engineering courses that teach students Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Engineering, but this can be implemented in any major. Also, a freshman class, such as a Fundamentals of Engineering Design class, where they do a cornerstone design project, would be more appropriate to introduce such an idea. This way the students can start early and build a comprehensive ePortfolio by the end of their undergraduate degree. It would also help them to make connections among courses as well as between theoretical and real-life problems. In this work-in-progress paper, we will share details about these ePortfolios, a few examples created by our students, and some quantitative and qualitative feedback received from students about them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jul 24 2018
Event10th Annual First-Year Engineering Experience Conference, FYEE 2018 - Glassboro, United States
Duration: Jul 24 2018Jul 26 2018

Conference

Conference10th Annual First-Year Engineering Experience Conference, FYEE 2018
CountryUnited States
CityGlassboro
Period7/24/187/26/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

Keywords

  • Digital Resume
  • Showcase Student Work Online
  • ePortfolios

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