Starting in spring semester 2008, all MBA students are required to develop and maintain an electronic portfolio. The ePortfolio is the property of the student, but students are required to provide selected faculty access to their ePortfolio during their time in the MBA program.
What is an eportfolio?
An eportfolio is a collection of authentic and diverse evidence (artifacts), chosen from all the work done in your MBA program and maintained digitally. The artifacts are stored in your library, and you choose those you think best reflect your learning relative to specific goals. Click on MBA Learning Goals above to become familiar with them.
Why must I keep an ePortfolio?
The simple answer is to improve the depth and breadth of your learning through the use of critical reflection so you are better able to succeed in the business world you face today.
What is critical reflection?
It's a process - it's thinking about your own thinking, feeling, and doing to clarify the meaning of each to the bigger picture - that is, to your life. In doing so, you can make conscious the assumptions or habitual mental models you are using and ask if they are relevant or accurate in this setting at this time. It demonstrates your ability to conceptualize what you've learned, the meaning it has for your present and future, and prompts your recognition that you're not the same person that you were a few years ago nor do you expect to be a few years hence.
Why should I reflect?
Because the alternative is to think and act habitually in patterns that are unlikely to be relative or accurate under current conditions. Repetitive patterns are seldom viable with advances in technology and complexity brought about by globalization, turbulence, and social dynamics, all of which escalate the need for constant change. To be successful in this climate, you must have the skills to critically reflect so you can use appropriate strategies for your action in the current setting.
So, what does this have to do with ePortfolios?
Critical reflection requires practice, and doing it in specific courses, while important, limits it to a semester length where you can't easily see large improvements in your learning. The ePortfolio makes it easier to see connections, dependencies, interactions and how they contribute to the whole, to develop insight on the time and context relevance and accuracy of knowledge, to understand concepts that cross boundaries - e.g., ecology, ethics, sustainability. It becomes a portrait of your intellectual, emotional, and maturational development over time through objective evidence, but, more importantly from a learning perspective, through critical reflection.
Okay - so how do I begin?
By clicking on Student Information & Instructions above. You will find the training schedule, contact information for technical support and for password access, and a complete tutorial for using the ePortfolio.
Okay, but can I have the big picture?
Yes. There are only a few, simple steps to the ePortfolio:
- Load artifacts (e.g., your work from class assignments) into your library
- Choose artifacts from your library that relate to each of the MBA learning goal sections (e.g., ethics/social responsibility)
- Link the chosen artifact to the appropriate learning goal
- Write and continuously revise an overview of your intellectual development for each learning goal and refer the reader to evidence (i.e., artifacts) that supports your assertions.
- At the end of your program, write an integrative essay to pull it all together. Instructions can be found by clicking on Student Information & Instructions above
To access your eportfolio, go to chalkandwire.com/umassd.
The proprietary eportfolio software used at UMass Dartmouth is owned by Chalk & Wire. You will purchase an account through the campus bookstore. Just click on "Chalk and Wire Portfolio". You will receive your temporary password in the mail as well as your access code. You will have the option to purchase and continue access to the ePortfolio software from Chalk & Wire at the end of your program. Questions regarding the ePortfolio should be directed to eportfolioMBA@umassd.edu. CCB Help Desk days and times can be located at this link, E-Portfolio Fall 2012 Tutor Schedule .