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this recording available.)
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.
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
Does your tool allow students to control permissions? Can they
share with people outside of the institution? How? (e.g., advisor, prospective
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
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
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
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.
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
the main strength of your application?
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.
weaknesses have been identified relative to the user experience and shared with
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
student accounts and underage users:Digication does not own any work created by its
users. For users who are under 14, institutions must provide proof of
- Standards compliance: Digication
e-Portfolios can be downloaded at anytime as zip files that contain all
e-Portfolios can be easily displayed in standard web browsers and can be
hosted on most web servers.
- Section 508 compliance: http://digication.com/DigicationAccessibilityStatement.pdf
- Published API: The
Digication API is available in the knowledge base of
- Migration/Exportation:Digication e-Portfolios can be downloaded at anytime as
files. All such downloaded e-Portfolios can be easily displayed in
standard web browsers and can be hosted on most web servers. In addition,
for any schools who decide to migrate to other systems, Digication
provides a copy of all data within 90 days of requests.
- Systems Integration (list
known):Colleague, Banner, Peoplesoft, Google Apps for
- Protocols:LDAP, Active Directory, Shibboleth, CAS, OpenID
- Accepted artifacts/media
(pictures, video, audio, text, html, documents, etc.):All files are accepted.