ePortfolios in the Academy and Workplace

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Katherine Wills
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ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios in the Academy and Workplace_

Rich Rice (TTU) and Kathy Wills (IUPUC)

An ePortfolio is a selected collection of work presented electronically. An electronic performance support system is an integrated electronic environment designed to reduce complexity in order to make sense of things, to provide employee performance information in order to foster improvement, and to provide workers with a decision support system in order to maximize productivity. As higher education continues to learn from efficiencies and new technologies in the workplace that refine performance measurement, study knowledge transfer and Web 2.0 tools, and develop viable products, we invite chapter submissions for a collection of new and cornerstone articles in order to foster increased understanding of academic ePortfolio composing as performance support systems in the workplace as well as in the academy.

Consider ways in which ePortfolios facilitate sustainable and measureable writing-related student development, assessment and accountability, learning and knowledge transfer, just-in-time support, and ongoing usability testing. How can ePortfolios be used not only to document past experience but also to change the climate of learning and assessment on college campuses while preparing college graduates for successful job applications and careers? What are ways in which ePortfolios evolve into and out of workplace environments, public spaces, and across academic curricula?

Please send 500-word proposals to Kathy Wills (kwills@iupui.edu) and Rich Rice (rich.rice@ttu.edu) by April 15th, 2009. Include contact information. Accepted proposal will be notified by May 1st, 2009. Manuscript drafts expected by May 30th, 2009. Yes, we move.

Rich Rice has taught with ePortfolios for 15 years. He co-directs the Multiple Literacy Lab at Texas Tech University. With Nedra Reynolds he published _Portfolio Keeping_ 2/e and _Portfolio Teaching_ 2/e. Recent articles include "iRhetoric Placeshifting: A New Media Approach to Teaching the Classical Rhetoric Course" (Kairos), "Reading Multimodal Texts: Remediating the Text" (Kairos), and "Composing the Intranet-Based Electronic Portfolio Using 'Common' Tools" (Cambridge, _Electronic Portfolios_). With colleagues at TTU he has recently received two course redesign grants from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, as well as a TTU Research Enrichment grant, to develop first-year writing course new media content and support tools that will be distributed across the state of Texas and elsewhere.

Katherine V.Wills was co-editor _Critical Power Tools: Cultural Studies Approaches in Technical Communication_ (with Blake Scott and Bernadette Longo. SUNY 2006) This collection has been nominated for best collection of essays in the NCTE Technical and Scientific Communication Awards for the NCTE book of year 2007. She co-edited the e-book _The Politics of Information: Electronic Mediation of Social Change_ (with M. Bousquet, Alt-X 2004). Wills and her English Department in conjunction with the Education Department at her school is piloting an ePortfolio at Indiana University Purdue University at Columbus.