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ICC Electronic Learning Portfolio FAQs

What is an electronic learning portfolio?

An electronic learning portfolio is an online collection of student work that may be used for assessment, demonstrating accomplishments, or learning and reflection.

One of the overarching goals of the ICC and Ithaca College's other IC20/20 initiatives is for you to understand and articulate how your experiences in the classroom and outside of the classroom (e.g., residential experience, student activities, athletics, student employment) have contributed to your learning. Your electronic learning portfolio allows you to collect artifacts (assignments or other tangible products) of your learning and reflections on your learning over the course of your time here so that, when you graduate, you can articulate how your college learning experiences in totality have contributed to your development of specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Beyond your required ICC portfolio, your TaskStream account will enable you to create as many different showcase or presentational portfolios as you like, allowing you to customize your portfolio for specific audiences or purposes (e.g., prospective employers, graduate schools). Everything you have uploaded to TaskStream is stored in the Mybrary section of Resources, so you can easily reuse content in different portfolios if you wish.

Why does the ICC include an electronic learning portfolio requirement?

One of the overarching goals of the ICC and Ithaca College's other IC20/20 initiatives is for students to understand and articulate how their experiences in the classroom and outside of the classroom, such as the residential experience, student activities, athletics, and student employment, have contributed to their learning. Your portfolio account allows you to collect artifacts (assignments or other tangible products) of your learning and reflections on your learning over the course of your time here so that, when you graduate, you can articulate how your college learning experiences in totality have contributed to your development of specific knowledge and skills. Additionally, the College can examine the content of the portfolios to document how well students as a whole are meeting the institution's learning outcomes and use this information to make program changes where needed.

How do I access my Taskstream account to create electronic learning portfolios?

You will be able to access your account by logging in to myHome on the Ithaca College website. Accounts for incoming fall 2015 students will become available during summer 2015.

What's the deadline for submitting artifacts to my ICC drf?

Artifacts should be uploaded and submitted within your ICC drf during or shortly after you complete each ICC course requirement. That way, you don't have to worry about losing your artifacts or forgetting to submit them. ICC portfolios will be checked periodically during your time at Ithaca College and you will be notified if you are not progressing toward completion of your ICC portfolio.

I'm a transfer student and met some of my ICC requirements before I got to IC. How do I complete my ICC electronic learning portfolio?

As a transfer student, you have a couple of different options for completing the individual requirements within your ICC electronic learning portfolio.

For courses you take at Ithaca College, as well as any other courses where you have copies of assignments that meet the student learning outcomes for the ICC requirement, you can simply upload a copy of the assignment and complete the accompanying form for each portfolio component.

For courses you took before coming to Ithaca, you can also create a narrative reflecting on how specific courses or other college experiences helped you achieve the student learning outcomes associated with those ICC requirements. You can upload your narrative in any of the TaskStream supported formats, including text and image, file attachment, video, or multimedia.

Completing all of the components of the ICC electronic learning portfolio, including those related to courses you completed before coming to IC, is important because the purpose of the portfolio is for you to integrate all of your college learning experiences, regardless of where they occurred.

Why do I need to complete an ICC electronic learning portfolio if I'm a transfer student?

The ICC learning portfolio is designed so that graduating students can articulate the knowledge, competencies, and skills they have gained from their entire college experience. As a transfer student, some of that college experience comes from your time at Ithaca College and some of it comes from the college experiences you had before you enrolled at Ithaca College. All of your educational experiences combine to make you the learner and person you are today.

Being able to articulate the knowledge, competencies, and skills you have gained from your college experiences is important for yourself, as you engage in reflection about your own learning and how your experiences have shaped you as a learner (this also contributes to Ithaca College's institutional goal of fostering reflective learners). Beyond reflection and greater awareness for your own development, being able to articulate the knowledge, competencies, and skills you've gained from your educational experiences can help you explain to others why you want to work in a particular field, attend graduate school, or engage in other activities after graduation.

What's a DRF?

DRF stands for Directed Response Folio. For the ICC, you'll be completing a DRF, which allows you to assemble work from your ICC courses and submit it for evaluation. Via your DRF, you can also request feedback on your work from reviewers, publish your work to the web, or email it to others. The ICC DRF includes information about the student learning outcomes and artifacts that you need to submit to demonstrate your achievement of the ICC outcomes.

What's an artifact? What kinds of artifacts can I put in my ICC portfolio?

An artifact is a tangible indicator of student learning. Examples of artifacts include: copies of papers or other written documents, videos of presentations or debates, visual images of creative projects, links to websites, or other evidence of student learning that can be captured and evaluated for how well it shows achievement of student learning outcomes.

What do I need to do to complete my electronic learning portfolio graduation requirement for the ICC?

To complete the graduation requirement for the electronic learning portfolio, you will need to submit artifacts of your learning for evaluation and complete required forms for each ICC requirement. The ICC DRF provides you with a portfolio structure so you can monitor what you have completed and what you still need to complete for graduation.

Is it really true that I won't graduate unless I've completed my ICC DRF? How will I know whether I've met the graduation requirement for the ICC?

Yes, just as you must complete all of your other graduation requirements to earn your degree, you must complete the ICC directed response folio. ICC portfolios will be monitored for progress each semester. As you move through the ICC, you will receive periodic email notifications through your Ithaca College email account if you are not making progress; this gives you the opportunity to catch up on your ICC portfolio if needed before you get close to graduation.

Once you have completed the graduation requirement, you can check your degree evaluation on HomerConnect to verify your completion status. In the degree evaluation labeled "capstone and e-portfolio", you'll see a line for "e-portfolio". Once the red "NO" on the left side of that line has changed to a black "YES", you'll have verification that you've completed the requirement.

Where do I get more information about how to use TaskStream?

A variety of resources have been made available by IC's Information Technology Services (ITS). You can access these materials at www.ithaca.edu/its/traindoc/coursemanage/taskstream/ The resources available from ITS include specialized video tutorials for students and support in the TLC. Once you've logged into your Taskstream account, you can also access online help resources or you can call TaskStream's help number to talk directly with someone who can provide assistance.

What if I received Advanced Placement or other credit for an ICC requirement for learning completed before I came to Ithaca College? What do I do to complete that section of the ICC portfolio?

If you have a paper, video, or other artifact from your previous course, you can submit that. For First Year Composition, you can submit an argumentative paper you write in one of your classes during your first semester at Ithaca College. If you don't have previous assignments, you can submit narrative description of how what you learned in your previous course helped you achieve the student learning outcomes for the requirement. The key for your submission is that it addresses how you have achieved the student learning outcomes (listed in the directions for the relevant section of the ICC DRF) for that particular component of the ICC.

Will I get a grade for assignments I submit to the ICC DRF?

Your work will be graded within the context of your course by your course instructor. Submissions to the ICC DRF are used for program assessment, not assessment of individual students, so you will not receive a separate grade on your ICC DRF submissions. You are, however, required to complete the ICC DRF as a graduation requirement.

Do I have to share my ICC electronic learning portfolio with others?

Artifacts submitted to your ICC DRF (or any other DRFs you might have) are shared with faculty evaluators and the Director of the ICC so that samples of work can be evaluated to assess the effectiveness of the ICC. Other programs requiring electronic portfolios may require you to share those portfolios with specific audiences.

It is your choice whether to share other types of portfolios you make within the TaskStream system with other users or external audiences. A publish/share tab at the top right side of your TaskStream folio screen allows you to view and select sharing options.

If I have a single artifact that addresses student learning outcomes for two requirements (e.g., my Ithaca Seminar and my humanities perspective), can I use the same artifact in both places within the ICC DRF?

Yes, if you have an artifact that addresses student learning outcomes for multiple ICC requirements, you may submit it in multiple places within the ICC DRF.

I don't really have a single assignment that addresses all of the student learning outcomes for one of my ICC requirements. Can I upload multiple artifacts for the same requirement?

Yes, you can upload multiple artifacts for the same ICC requirement if you wish. If you click "submit" for a component of your ICC DRF and wish to add another artifact later, you'll need to "unsubmit" and then resubmit your new set of artifacts.

Should I upload graded/marked copies of my assignments to my ICC DRF?

Electronic artifacts should be clean (e.g., unmarked with comments or grades) copies.