Northeastern University

BC_CFounded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private institution based in Boston, Massachusetts, and additional locations in Charlotte and Seattle. With approximately 24,000 students, Northeastern is best known for its co-op program that integrates academic study with workplace-based experiential learning.

The College of Professional Studies (CPS), Graduate School of Education, leads the University’s involvement in Connect to Learning. CPS’s primary focus is on adult learners, including those employed fulltime, and therefore many of its programs are online. Because ePortfolios provide a space for making connections between worklife and learning, their use is a natural outgrowth of CPS’s mission and commitment to experiential learning.

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Northeastern University – Letting Learning Serve as the Driver

Northeastern_Professional_Development_PracticeLeadership is key to sustained the sustained growth and depth of impact, but it is equally important to create a space in which faculty can let their professional passion serve as the driver for curiosity and motivation to learn. Read more [...]

Northeastern University – Zooming In & Out

Northeastern_reflective_pedagogy_practiceePortfolios can be used in conjunction with threaded discussions to support a cycle of learning in fully-online programs. Learning is carefully designed to guide students through a process of “zooming in," extracting salient ideas from online course discussions, and “zooming out” to consider how the program could inform the development of personal and professional goals. Read more [...]

Northeastern University – Ingredients for Scale

scaling_up_northeastern_universityePortfolio use in undergraduate programs at Northeastern is currently at its greatest level of breadth and depth and at the same time far from “scaled” or institution-wide. The question remains, is that necessarily a bad thing? Read more [...]

Northeastern University – Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Northeastern_social_pedagogy_practiceMany programs involve students in internships, capstone projects, and practicums, but if you scratch the surface you’ll see that workplace-based learning often takes place in parallel with curricular learning, not as an ongoing dialogue between scholarship and practice. This promising practice describes two models for embedding workplace-based experiential learning into fully-online, graduate level professional programs. Read more [...]

Northeastern University – The Ecology of Support

Northeastern_technology_storyThe key to effective technology support and collaboration is understanding the concerns and contexts of the people who are being served. This requires a holistic approach that attends to technical, pedagogical, and strategic support concerns that are often co-mingled. As the Catalyst model suggests, success hinges on development across multiple sectors in the institution Read more [...]

Northeastern University – Are We Who We Think We Are?

Northeastern_outcomes_assessment_storyePortfolios provide a window into student self-perception. Viewed as a whole, an ePortfolios is a construct of identity created by the student. Viewed as a collection, ePortfolios depict a community of learners, making it possible for us to spot patterns that are not readily apparent in enrollment statistics. Read more [...]
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