As the Online Programs Developer and Advisor for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships in Education (AMPed NH), Jennifer advises students throughout their program and certification. This includes supporting the students through etutoring, ementoring, and eportfolios across seven New Hampshire community colleges.
The use of eportfolios at CCSNH varies depending on the needs of each college. A couple of colleges have embedded eportfolios into their curriculum for course, capstone, and/or program level portfolios. Other colleges are using Foliotek primarily for career portfolios. Students include artifacts such as blueprint drawings, videos of machine operation, and images of their projects. Those portfolios are then used to help students reflect on their knowledge and experience and prepare them for job interviews. Some students believe their eportfolio was a key reason they were hired because it gave them a way to provide evidence of their skills.
Getting to this level of eportfolio adoption has been a two year journey with several challenges:
1) Incorporating technology into manufacturing education
2) Seeing eportfolios as another way students can submit assignments and collaborate with one another
3) Supporting faculty through the process
To overcome these obstacles, Jennifer hosted several workshops, webinars and training sessions to educate faculty about eportfolios and their benefits. Once faculty understood the eportfolio concept, they were very excited to begin implementing eportfolios for their students.