Carla Zembal-Saul, Associate Professor of Education in Science Education
During the Summer of 2008, Dr. Carla Zembal-Saul, was a resident Faculty Fellow.The focus of this project is to explore the PSU blogging platform as a vehicle for student e-portfolios. In particular, we are considering the ways in which we might take full advantage of some of the fundamental aspects of blogging and the richness of the blogging culture to engage Penn State students in professional discourse communities around frameworks and problems of practice associated with their chosen professions. From the perspective of blogs as portfolio, students participation with blogging can both inform their development and provide a means of monitoring their own development along program learning outcomes and personal goals over time.
In cases where this information might be used by programs for accreditation, reporting, and/or self-assessment purposes, we will need to create a mechanism for "capturing" evidence from students' professional learning blogs at specified points in time across their programs. Think of these as "snapshots" of development. The larger umbrella under which this work falls is that of using digital media to serve as evidence of learning.
This project will build on existing research and practice on e-portfolios as a platform for supporting student learning and development. Learn more about the progress made on this project during the Summer of 2008 by visiting the ETS Wiki.
Dr. Zembal-Saul will be returning as a Fellow during the Summer of 2009 as well to continue and extend this work.