Changing Electronic Portfolio Platform Providers
As part of the College of Education’s SCOPE initiative (System for Comprehensive Ongoing Program Enhancement) all students are required to complete an [wikipop search=”electronic portfolio”]e-portfolio[/wikipop] as a capstone project prior to graduation. This service has traditionally been serviced by LiveText, however, after several months of review and evaluation of both services by a diverse committee of stakeholders1 the determination was made to migrate to a competing service, Foliotek.
Foliotek’s service is best suited to both the COE’s specific needs and far more user-friendly for students and faculty alike. This solution will also include answering needs of other COE portfolios, surveys, evaluations and NCATE accreditation document handling. Additionally, the value of the student’s end-product, the completed e-portfolio, will be far more attuned to current market needs of pre-service teachers.
While LiveText has been officially discontinued as of Aug 11, students who will be completing their studies by May 2011 and have already purchased LiveText will be allowed to complete their electronic portfolios using this tool. 2
Of course, we expect that you’ll have many questions about this transition. We’ve attempt to answer some common ones here but please feel free to ask anything further in the comments below:
Q: I am a student who has a LiveText account who plans to graduate in December 2010 or May 2011, which electronic portfolio do I use?
A: A December 2j010 or May 2011 graduate will continue to use LiveText to complete his/her electronic portfolio for graduation. NOTE: Even if a student is completing portfolios in LiveText, he/she still must complete the process to secure a Foliotek account. For students who have previously purchased a LiveText account, a free SCOPE (Foliotek) account will be provided. All relevant and required student teacher evaluation forms are included in SCOPE and are a graduation requirement.
Q: I am a student who plans to graduate in December 2010 or May 2011 and have not purchased LiveText yet. What should I do?
A: Purchase Livetext (click here to purchase LiveText). You can purchase the $98 version. Your portfolio will only be accepted in Livetext. In addition, you will need to contact TLC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org stating your First and Last Name, Expected Graduation Date and the fact that you need a SCOPE account. TLC staff will respond to your email with detailed instructions to secure a free SCOPE (Foliotek) account.
Q: I am a student who plans to graduate after May 2011 which electronic portfolio do I use?
A: Purchase a SCOPE (Foliotek) account can be purchased it at UMSL Bookstore.
Q: What is the cost for purchasing a SCOPE (Foliotek) account?
A: $149 purchase at UMSL Bookstore
Q: Once I purchased a Foliotek account from the bookstore, will I need a code to access the electronic portfolio?
A: Yes: ACTV-TEACH-3078 (code is case-sensitive)
Q: For those graduating in December 2010 and May 2011, how long does a student’s subscription last in SCOPE (Foliotek)?
A: 2 (two) years
Q: I am graduating in December 2010, when is my portfolio due?
A: Your portfolio is due on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010.
Q: When and where will training sessions begin for the SCOPE (Foliotek)?
A: Training sessions will be held in the Jack Taylor Lab in the Technology and Learning Center (TLC). See our SCOPE E-Portfolio Training Schedule for details and training dates.
Q: Will the Technology and Learning Center offer training sessions for LiveText?
A: Yes, the Technology and Learning Center will offer training sessions for LiveText in the Jack Taylor Lab. The sessions will begin in October 2010. See our LiveText E-Portfolio Training Schedule for details and training dates. Please call to reserve a seat.
Q: I still have questions about electronic portfolios, who do I contact?
A: You can post questions on this blog.
- Committee constituents included Carl Hoagland (Chair), Michael Bahr, Helene Sherman, Joe Polman, Stephanie Kocielski, Rick Stanton, Brian Huxtable, Olena Zhadko and Jennifer Hope [↩]
- The UMSL Bookstore has been notified to pull all copies of LiveText from their shelved. [↩]
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