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The following is a compilation of answers to interests and questions asked by the eportfolio community in an informal survey during spring 2011. The answers are the vendor's response.
What vision or understanding of learning informed the design of your tool?
Digication was conceived of by myself and co-founder Kelly Driscoll, while we were teaching in the architecture, digital media, and education departments at Rhode Island School of Design. Additionally, I was also the director of a digital media program at Rhode Island School of Design, where I managed its curriculum as well as its accreditation process. Many of our beliefs about education are influenced by the inquiry, discovery, critique, and showcase-based pedagogy we experienced while studying and teaching at Rhode Island School of Design.
How does your vision of learning promote a student-centered approach to education? (e.g. student ownership of his/her learning)
Digication is founded on the idea that "everyone involved is a learner". In fact, we often describe ourselves (as teachers) as "lead learners". We believe that many educational institutions place too much focus on content transfer and content acquisition. We believe that all 21st century learners should be able to solve complex problems using higher-level thinking skills (skills that are not easily, if ever, replicable by machines or cheap labor), and at least an equivalent amount of focus should be placed on metacognition, through rigorous discovery and experientially-based learning. Such a learning paradigm shift should be centered around the learners, both as individuals and as communities of learners. Furthering ownership of their work and the process of lifetime learning, students should be able to continue building their e-Portfolios after they graduate. But more than just offering the option to extend their e-Portfolios beyond their academic years, we believe that it is paramount to help develop a strong culture of learner-centered approach to education, so that all learners can develop the habits of reflection through their daily activities.
Does your tool allow students to control permissions? Can they share with people outside of the institution? How? (e.g., advisor, prospective employer, etc.).
In Digication, every learner can create unlimited number of e-Portfolios and each portfolio can have different levels of permission settings. e-Portfolios can be set to be private for the creator, private to any single user or group of Digication users, or public to the world. In addition, Digication can integrate with all course registration systems so that e-Portfolios can be shared with an always up-to-date roster of students and faculty within any courses one is taking. One subtle but important design decision of Digication is teachers do not "hand out" e-Portfolios to students to be "filled out", but rather, students get to create e-Portfolios (from scratch or based on pre-built templates) and they get to grant access to their teachers. It is one of many ways that Digication support a truly student-centered approach to e-Portfolios.
What is the process for inviting feedback on work or artifacts?
As part of a coherent user experience, Digication first makes sure that the correct e-Portfolios are available to relevant learners. We do so by providing an e-Portfolio directory that can show the appropriate e-Portfolios based on their permission level and the login status of the person viewing the directory. Users can search and browse through any e-Portfolios that are shared publicly, semi-privately, or privately, if they have permission to do so. Peers and faculty can leave comments on any e-Portfolio pages. In addition, with our fully-integrated assessment management system, Digication provides an easy way for faculty and peers to leave both formative (written comments) and summative (rubric based) feedback for each other.
Describe how your tool promotes and supports student-to-student collaboration.
With Digication, not only can one grant "view" access to other students, it also supports granting "editing, publishing, or administrating" rights to others. As a result, students can easily invite other students or advisors to collaborate with them on any shared e-Portfolios.
Describe how your tool promotes and supports student-to-faculty collaboration.
Digication believes that a consistent interface is an important aspect of good user interface design. As a result, there is no difference between inviting a student or a faculty member to collaborate.
How does your tool support and encourage the reflection process for students and faculty?
Digication supports the ability for schools, programs, or individual faculty members to create e-Portfolio templates, where reflective prompts can be used to support and encourage the reflection process. From simply suggesting titles of a page, to full fledged generative knowledge interviewing processes, educators at different institutions and disciplines have been able to customize templates to accommodate many types of reflections. In addition, through our integrated assessment management system, we have the ability to let faculty members facilitate more sophisticated learning processes through customizable workflow through an intuitive user interface.How does your tool address and support institutional level assessment needs (e.g., aggregating student data and generating reports for accreditation)?
Digication has a unique approach in regards to institutional level assessment needs. Traditionally, most tools have had to choose to either support unstructured (but expressive) e-Portfolios, or structured (but limiting) e-Portfolios. Neither way has worked for institutions: unstructured e-Portfolios are "hard" to assess, and structured e-Portfolios do not encourage students to document authentic learning experiences. Digication supports both through a unique mapping process. Students can freely create e-Portfolios, and submit only relevant pages to any assignments / projects in courses that they take. Faculty or the institution can create different contexts in which to collect student work, whether it be by learning outcomes or by projects and assignments. Each of the contexts can be mapped to one or more learning outcomes. During the submission process, Digication creates a permanent archive of the submission so that students can be freed to further edit their "live" e-Portfolios while allowing institutions to retain non-editable, permanent, and timestamped copies of any e-Portfolio submissions. Digication also supports the process of letting programs randomly sample and assign committee members to perform assessments using rubrics retrospectively. The results can then be shown in reports for accreditation and for curriculum development.
Does your application integrate with enterprise systems? Which ones? Do you have examples of effective integration in support of advising or other student services you can share?
Digication can be integrated through most enterprise systems, from single-sign-on authentication to course registration to custom third party applications. Supported systems and protocols include but are not limited to: Colleague, Banner, Peoplesoft, Shibboleth, CAS, LDAP, Active Directory, and Google Apps for Education. In addition, Digication provides an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows for any institutions or third parties to further integrate and manage their campuses using existing resources. Our users are currently integrated with Digication through a variety of integration points. One of the most popular application is the integration of course registration systems. Through an up-to-minute synchronization of course rosters, students can easily share their e-Portfolios with their classmates with just a couple of clicks. It has created many opportunities for learning communities to develop within classroom learning environments.What is the main strength of your application?
Digication provides learners with an extremely easy-to-use system with an intuitive Web 2.0 interface, where they are encouraged to learn through discovery and reflection. At the same time, such authentic learning experience can be used for institutional assessments through an advanced mapping mechanism and powerful workflow management tool.What weaknesses have been identified relative to the user experience and shared with you?
Currently Digication does not provide a mobile application for editing of e-Portfolios (viewing works as long as there are no flash files). Digication is actively developing native applications for the iOS and Android platforms.
Company profile: Digication is the leading provider of easy-to-use e-Portfolio solutions for teachers and students at all levels, from K-12 to higher education. Teachers and students at more than 4,000 schools use Digication's e-Portfolios to easily, flexibly and professionally showcase their work and achievements. e-Portfolios create new opportunities for learning, reflection, communication, assessment and career advancement.
- Customer base/size: Over 4,000 Higher Education Institutions and K-12 Schools
- Student license pricing model: Free for Google Apps for Education users, more details on www.digication.com/google. For individual student licenses, student pricing is $19.95 per year
- Institutional pricing model: Based on the size of the institution, cost per user ranges from $5 to $14 per user per year.
- Postgraduate/transfer student license model: Free of charge for all alumni for as long as an institutional model is in place. Otherwise, $19.95 per year.
- Online support information: Free online and email support at http://support.digication.com. There are also video tutorials and PDFs online within Digication.
- Institutional support services (Free): Free online and email support at http://support.digication.com. Digication’s standard subscription includes a full day of on-site training.
- Institutional support services (Fee-based): Additional on-site training or webinars can be requested at a daily rate of $1,200 to $1,500 (plus travel expenses). In addition, trusted third party consultants are available for consultation, training, adoption, and integration needs.
- IT staffing requirements: Since Digication is a hosted service, no permanent IT staffing is required. However, it is often helpful to plan for between 10 to 20 hours of IT resources for initial IT integration.
- System Requirements End User: Any internet connected computer with a modern browser.
- System Requirements Server: None required. Digication handles all server set up, support, and maintenance.
- Hosted service? Yes.
- Storage Capacity (per account): Most institutional plans start at 100MB per account, but can be extended to unlimited storage per account.
- Section 508 compliance: http://digication.com/DigicationAccessibilityStatement.pdf
- Published API: The Digication API is available in the knowledge base of http://support.digication.com.
- Systems Integration (list known): Colleague, Banner, Peoplesoft, Google Apps for Education.
- Protocols: LDAP, Active Directory, Shibboleth, CAS, OpenID
- Accepted artifacts/media (pictures, video, audio, text, html, documents, etc.): All files are accepted.