Electronic Portfolios at Northern Illinois University: An Overview
(http://www.engl.niu.edu/mday/rvc.html)

Michael Day
Northern Illinois University


Nutshell view:
  • NIU and FYComp snapshot
  • FYComp mission and history
  • Electronic portfolio assessment, including the process of adapting the Council of Writing Program Administrators Outcomes Statement to FYComp at NIU
  • Technology integration in writing classes, including online class discussion, webographies, and lab activities
  • Sample syllabi and assignments for ENGL 103 and 104 at NIU
  • Home-grown faculty development in FYComp
  • Public-facing FYComp activities, such as our Showcase of Student Writing and our student-authored text, Y1Writes

NIU and FYComp snapshot, Fall 2010
  • NIU enrollment 23,850
  • FY (Freshman) students 4258
  • New students 2705
  • Transfer students 2207
  • Number of FYComp sections: 150
  • Full-time, unionized instructors: 21
  • MA TAs 27
  • PhD TAs 34
  • Available computer labs 8
  • CHANCE Program enrollment 520
  • Section size 25 regular, 15 developmental and ESL

FYComp mission and history
  • Balanced focus on academic, professional, and civic literacies
  • Focus on critical thinking and problem solving
  • Meant to serve our population of students from the northern third of Illinois
  • Historical integration of technology since 1980s
  • Trade-off: computer labs for Gen Ed-related computer skills

Electronic Portfolio Assessment in FYComp at NIU

Why Portfolios?

Why Electronic Portfolios?
Our local eportfolio history

1. History 2001-2003
A. A humble beginning: early electronic portfolio initiatives at NIU

B. Assessment initiatives in First-Year Composition

We were aware of

Where should assessment start? With developing context-specific program outcomes!
We looked to the national organization for writing program administrators, the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

WPA Outcomes Statement

Northern Illinois University's First Year Composition Program Outcomes Statements

2. Pulling the assessment and electronic portfolio strands together: the pilot program 2003-2005




7. Possible directions: Where might we go from here?
Technology integration in writing classes, including online class discussion, webographies, and lab activities

Sample syllabi and assignments for ENGL 103 and 104 at NIU

Home-grown faculty development in FYComp