The goal of the REFLECT (Researching Electronic portFolios: Learning, Engagement, Collaboration, and Technology) project is to collect data and draw conclusions about the impact of electronic portfolios on student learning, motivation, and engagement.
Proposals will be accepted from schools, districts, and state departments of education. Each participant will run a student portfolio project of its own design, with support from a team of experts led by Helen Barrett, Ph.D.
Because student accounts will be provided for two years, high school sophomores and juniors will serve as the focus of the study. Research data will be generated through surveys, on-site observations, online discussions and journaling, and the aggregation of student assessment data.
Benefits of participating
- Free student portfolios for two years;
- On-site professional development meetings, workshops, and progress visits;
- Faculty participation in an online professional development course on implementing ePortfolios with secondary-school students, with graduate credit available;
- Toll-free and online access to a support desk; and
- Access to all data collected from your teachers and students, as well as the final research report.
Requirements for participation
Participating schools must agree to all project requirements, including:
- Submitting a formal response to the project Request for Proposals;
- Purchasing faculty ePortfolio accounts;
- Taking part in regional training sessions; and
- Conducting student and faculty surveys at designated times.