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