Online Portfolios: New Technologies Literacy As an Integral Part of the Communication Curriculum
The Communication Department at Central Connecticut State University has introduced an optional series in new technologies literacy that allows the students to create and publish an online portfolio. In this portfolio, they include the most representative part of the work performed during their studies. The program has become a success. It not only provides students with the skills that are necessary to design and develop Web sites, but also stimulates them to perform better in the rest of the courses. The participants in this program, for instance, excel in courses with intensive writing assignments. They are especially motivated in courses in which they have to develop technology related skills, such us video and TV production or digital photography. Finally, the online portfolio becomes a powerful application tool after the students leave the university. The paper presentation discusses the methodology and system behind this educational concept and shows some examples of the students work.
Keywords: Online Portfolio, New Technologies, Streaming Media, Web Developing
Dr. José Carlos del Ama
Associate Professor, Communication Department, Central Connecticut State University