Boston University Office of the Provost
One Silber Way, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
To: All BU Faculty
From: Victor Coelho, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Re: Digication ePortfolios
I am writing to introduce Digication, BU’s site-licensed, ePortfolio software that is freely available to you and easy-to-use. The use of electronic portfolios in all disciplines has become widespread at colleges and universities in recent years, and they are a pedagogically innovative way for students and faculty to assemble, organize, and reflect upon their academic work. In addition, the One BU Report on undergraduate education has recommended the use of ePortfolios, and there are currently almost a dozen programs at Boston University that make use of them. Over time, ePortfolios evolve into both a compilation and a showcase of curricular and co-curricular work at BU that effectively documents learning achievements, outcomes, and experiences. A gallery of over 200 BU ePortfolios can be viewed at http://bu.digication.com/portfolio/directory.digi
Information to help get you started with Digication is available on the IS&T website at http://www.bu.edu/tech/web/e-portfolio-sites/. You can set up an account at any time as an individual faculty member. You can also request to have your students set up as members of specific courses or as members of a broader community so that you can incorporate Digication into your instruction and your mentoring of students. Digication ePortfolios are also excellent repositories for instructor and course resources.
Requests for individual ePortfolios, academic courses, and community setup will be processed by the IT Help Center. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, submit a “Help” request from the www.bu.edu/tech site, or call 617-353-HELP (4357). If you are requesting the setup of a course roster, please provide the course number and title.
Information about the pedagogy of portfolios for assessment purposes and further training is available from Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, Associate Professor at the School of Education. Once you have your account set up, extensive help documentation is available at http://bu.digication.com. We are also planning a number of training sessions for the Fall, and on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010, a BU ePortfolio website, “Making Learning Visible,” will be launched from the office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. This site will provide tools, information, and resources for the use and implementation of ePortfolios in a course or program.