The Three-Ring Binder of the Future

Pace faculty test out ePortfolios for tenure, promotion, and more…

“We’re using ePortfolio for tenure and promotion for the first time. Faculty used to use three-ring binders, and they needed duplicate copies for each campus—this is really streamlining the process,” says University Executive Director of Academic Technology Beth Gordon Klingner, PhD. An ePortfolio is a sharable, digital collection of a person’s work including published articles, research data, CVs and resumes, video, and multimedia. Currently, all faculty who are coming up for tenure or promotion are using Mahara, an open source ePortfolio and social networking platform, to create and distribute their electronic dossiers.

Pace’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology began hosting a Mahara User Group (MUG) for users seeking to collaborate on all issues related to Mahara. After an inaugural MUG meeting in August, the group’s size—and reach—increased. “We started as just a group of local schools using Mahara,” Klingner says “but we’ve definitely grown and now we’re an international group with members from Germany and New Zealand, including the developers of Mahara.”  The MUG group is now using web conferencing technology to share ideas, strategies, and challenges.

“Because it [Mahara] is an open source platform, the community helps to make recommendations and we’re trying to be active in that community,” Klingner says. “It’s great because Pace is at the forefront of this initiative.”

Using ePortfolio for tenure and promotion isn’t the only way faculty are getting involved. “We have another round of teaching circles with 22 faculty participating—engaging in workshops, course development, and planning,” says Klingner. “They’re committed to using ePortfolio during the spring semester.” These user groups, Klingner believes, are important for faculty because once they learn the importance and versatility of ePortfolio, many of them are more confident and better able to apply this technology to use in the classroom.

For more information about how ePortfolio can benefit you and your students or to learn about Pace’s MUG, click here.

Upgrades, Updates, and Discounted Apps

This month, ITS brings us news of software upgrades, cleaner interfaces, extended hours at the ITS Help Desk, and discounted Apps from Apple.

  • Apple iOS Developer Enrollment
    ITS has enrolled Pace University in the Apple iOS developer plan, a program that will allow us to develop, test, and distribute apps for all Apple mobile devices through the App store.
  • Apple Volume Purchase Program
    Pace is part of the Apple Volume Purchase Program, which allows us to purchase and distribute Apps in bulk at discounted pricing to staff, faculty, and students. Learn more about the program here:  http://www.apple.com/itunes/education/ or send your App requests to the ITS Help Desk e-mail account at: itshelpdesk@pace.edu.
  • New ePortfolio Template
    The new ePortfolio template has made its debut on https://eportfolio.pace.edu!  Designed by Pace University CVM AmeriCorps intern, NJ Abang, students now have a sleeker, cleaner, Pace-branded space to showcase their achievements in and out of the classroom.
  • Wireless Access Points
    Additional access points for Administrative locations and high traffic areas were recently added to the following locations:

o   Pleasantville: Costello House, Mortola, Goldstein Academics, and Choate House

o   New York: 4th Floor Lubin at 1 Pace Plaza

  • Listserv Upgrade
    For those who use Listservs, Pace has successfully upgraded to a new and improved web interface! Users no longer need to set up separate accounts and passwords to manage all of their lists. To view the new interface for your Listserv, please visit https://list.pace.edu.
  • ITS Help Desk Extended Hours
    The Help Desk has extended our services to Sunday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and will have a representative based in the Library during this time. Feel free to call (914) 773-3648 or stop by if you need assistance!