Auburn grad student named assistant director of University Writing for ePortfolios

25 Feb

After a national search, Laura Elmer has been named the inaugural assistant director of University Writing for ePortfolios effective May 15, announced Margaret Marshall, director of University Writing.

Professional ePortfolios are personal websites designed to communicate and showcase students’ skills, experiences and learning. Auburn University will introduce ePortfolios to the campus over a five-year period, starting with the first participants that include both academic and co-curricular groups.

As a process, ePortfolios engage students in assembling artifacts from across their academic career – written texts, drawings, video, oral performances or other media products from their course work and other experiences – and in revising and contextualizing these items to demonstrate for a specific audience the themes in their learning experiences. As a product, ePortfolios offer evidence of learning and capacity for graduate study or employment.

Elmer, a master’s student in the Department of English, is set to graduate this spring with a dual master’s degree in English literature and rhetoric.

“Laura was a terrific member of the development committee and has helped launch the project in her role as the graduate assistant for the Office of University Writing,” Marshall said. “Her understanding of how ePortfolios can promote student learning is simply remarkable and we know her leadership and energy will help us make this project better. We are very fortunate to have a rising star in ePortfolio scholarship at Auburn to help with implementation.”

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