The learning theory behind ePortfolios
According to Basken (2008), ePortfolios “are a way to generate learning as well as document learning”. Both generating learning and documenting or recording learning are important, but the process of generating learning sometimes gets overlooked. ePortfolios generate learning because they provide an opportunity and virtual space for students to critically assess their academic work, to reflect on that work, and make connections among different courses, assignments, and other activities, such as work experience, extracurricular pursuits, volunteering opportunities, and more. ePortfolios are effective learning tools because they support students’ own knowledge construction, make otherwise invisible aspects of the learning process visible, and place agency in the hands of students, which fosters learners’ motivation. (Basken, P. (2008, April). Electronic portfolios may answer calls for more accountability. (Links to an external site.) The Chronicle of Higher Education.)
The purpose of creating and maintaining an electronic portfolio is for Touro TESOL/Bilingual teacher candidates to reflect on their course of study at Touro College and create a digital repository of their work done during the program. The portfolio includes a statement of the teacher candidates’ goals, philosophy of education, and files which showcase the candidates best work.
“Through my time at Touro College, my eyes were opened to where I limited my students as learners and growing minds. Touro College has introduced me to the necessity of equitable, authentic, and appropriate instruction for students of the most diverse populations this world has ever seen. Touro College has taught me a variety of effective and reliable practices when it comes to assisting students in learning English as well as mastering their content areas while growing on their linguistic modalities. The program at Touro College has also taught me the importance of opening my educational doors to incorporate all cultures and represent and appreciate all cultures and backgrounds that can be experienced, learned through, and understood as an important part of our interconnected society and world. Touro College has assisted me in understanding what classrooms need to look like and function nowadays in order to assure all students have an equal opportunity at a fair, effective, and authentic education.”