Cultivating Participatory Culture: Exploring Mobile e-Portfolios for Student Engagement and Program-based Assessment in an Undergraduate Communication Curriculum

By Jenifer Sunrise Winter.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This paper describes the process of revising the curriculum in the School of Communications at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. The BA program in Communication focuses on active inquiry related to fundamental communication processes in order to stimulate students to be active, critical thinkers, with an ability to understand, and creatively contribute to, an ever-changing, ICT-infused, global society. Program emphases include the media arts (video, digital cinema and multimedia), communication in communities (local, global, organizational and intercultural), and information and communication technologies (ICTs) and policy. We explore the potential for using electronic portfolios (e-portfolios) accessible via mobile devices to engage student learning and provide course- and program-based assessment opportunities. We also highlight the potential of e-portfolios to build the technical proficiencies, cultural competencies, and social skills for involvement in participatory culture, productive careers, and lifelong learning. We place attention on new literacies and work practices that will become increasingly common, and necessary, to function in both school and the workplace.

Keywords: Curriculum Design, Higher Education, Electronic Portfolios, Participatory Culture, Mobile, Tablets

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.295MB).

Dr. Jenifer Sunrise Winter

Assistant Professor, School of Communications, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA

Jenifer Sunrise Winter is an Assistant Professor of Networked Policy in the School of Communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Winter’s research focuses on communication policy and planning in the context of emerging information and communications technologies (ICTs), including the role of the public in forming technology policy. She teaches courses related to information and communication policies and technologies, emphasizing wireless communication and the Internet in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. Her teaching emphasizes the development of foundational skill-based and concept-based aspects of ICT and media literacy, and also a higher-level analysis involving critical reflection that will enable students to apply what they have learned to issues that emerge in the future. Prior to joining the School of Communications, she worked in commercial radio and for the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. She serves as Secretary of the Right to Communicate Group.