The Big Picture
The New School’s Electronic Learning Portfolio (ELP) is a digital portfolio blog powered by Campus Press. It is a mechanism for students to assemble learning process and projects across their New School experience.
- Tool to witness, track and reflect on learning.
- See personal voice and interests develop.
- Be assessed based on process: iteration, research, risk-taking, and reflection.
- Develop the professional practice of relating internal (inward) production to external (outward facing) online presence.
- The ELP is a sharable form that allows students to share with professors and peers across the university.
- Maintaining the ELP requires students to be responsible for charting and reflecting on their own education.
- The ELP is tangible. Many learning outcomes are intangible. Using the ELP creates a concrete way to explore and evidence learning.
- The ELP has many levels of functionality that relate to a multitude of learning experiences- it is relevant in seminar, studio, lab and lecture contexts.
- Integrating the ELP allows faculty to visit the student’s virtual studio, lab, or journal. This is a unique invitation into the student’s ideas and methods.
- Course outcomes and learning activities can be evidenced in student’s ELP responses. These are sharable with faculty and encourage collaboration in and across university programs.
Who steers the Electronic Learning Portfolio?
The ELP is a component of the New School learning environment. As such it is a student-centered space that can be utilized independently by the student or utilized as a course component under the direction of faculty. As this space is accumulated over time and shared it must be well organized and active for the maximum benefit of the student, faculty and community.
Balancing the Functions of “Learning” and “Portfolio”
The following potentials of the ELP can be explored by students and faculty.
Learning: collecting/ research/ analysis/ immersion/ new experience/ skill/ inspiration/ tool/ environment/ context/ reference/ narrative/ brainstorm/ iteration/ failure/ play/ culture/ connections/ reflection/ experiment/ prototype/ material/ sensory/ information/ questions/ data
Portfolio: collection/ record/ categorize/ document/ draft/ present/ archive/ market/ container/ overview/ progression/ objective/ style/ voice/ network/ evolving/ edit/ sharing/ access/ mobile/ sort/ display/ context/ relationships/ ownership/ story/ identity
How do I find my student’s ELPs?
ELPs are blogs and each student has a unique URL. You must get this URL from each student. Many students have added the URL as a link in their Canvas Profile. Check in Canvas under “People”. Or ask your students to directly share the URL addresses.