Transforming Place-bound to Place-rich: Embracing Narrative, Electronic Portfolios, and Electronic Learning as Shared Experience

By Janice High, Cheryl Siemers and Scott Downing.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: January 2, 2015 $US5.00

Our research on place-based, learning, and narrative theories—as well as our intentional examination of e-learning modalities—has led us to embrace the ePortfolio platform as a rich environment for sharing stories and embracing community diversity. Students enrolled in the Kenai Peninsula College’s writing and reading distance courses log in from a variety of locales, from urban sites to rural villages. Each place has its unique cultural context, rich with traditions, lifestyles, and student experiences. KPC’s use of e-portfolios draws on students’ sense of place and identity. Students demonstrate the mastery of the subject material through building and sharing individual electronic portfolios, creating a story or narrative that connects academic, professional writing to community contexts and dialogues. The very act of building and sharing portfolios in the e-learning classroom context results in a collaborative effort that enhances student learning. Students encounter various personalized approaches to reaching course learning outcomes, connecting their own and others’ experiences to real-world writing and reading. The e-portfolio platform becomes a centralized space where diverse voices meet and story transforms story.

Keywords: Narrative, Community, Diversity, e-Portfolio, e-Learning, Collaboration, Place

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 14, Issue 2, March 2015, pp.1-5. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 2, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 141.384KB)).

Prof. Janice High

Associate Professor of English, Arts and Sciences, Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, Soldotna, Alaska, USA

Dr. Cheryl Siemers

Assistant Professor of English, Arts and Sciences, Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, Soldotna, Alaska, USA

Prof. Scott Downing

Assistant Professor of English, Arts and Sciences, Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, Soldotna, Alaska, USA