RCampus ePortfolio Resource
RCampus Webinar Link from April 25, 2012, for those who missed the session or who would like to revisit it. Thanks very much to our friends at EPAC and ePortfolio California, especially Patty Donohue for making this recording available to the eportfolio community.
The following questions are derived the needs and concerns identified in an informal polling of eportfolio community members during spring 2011. This information was been provided by RCampus.
Developer/Company Name: Reazon Systems, Inc.
What vision or understanding of learning informed the design of your tool?
The vision behind RCampus platform has always been to make learning technologies available to all educators and learners at various skill-levels and access to technologies. The design was based on the founder’s personal needs as a faculty member for better publishing, communication and management of student learning. It was designed from the ground up to be a user-centric in its truest meaning, allowing users to personalize and control their online presence, ePortfolios, learning materials, tasks, and involvement with other users. A large emphasis has been ease-of-use, on-demand access, and comprehensiveness of the platform. RCampus ePortfolio System is a part of the greater RCampus Learning Platform which is an integrative and collaborative academic suite. The notion of allowing students to have ownership and take control of their learning with mentorship from faculty, peers, advisors and employers, and the ability to perform true authentic assessments was the original motives for developing RCampus ePortfolios.
We view ePortfolios as an integral part of the authentic assessment process, and as such, we have designed RCampus to serve three main areas: allow students to showcase their creativity, allow for guided/directed integrative learning and thorough assessment of learning evidence (artifacts, reflections, etc.), and allow real-time monitoring and reporting on student learning outcomes specifically to streamline the accreditation processes. In combination with RCampus’ core tools such as collaboration, messaging, advanced authoring, and learning tools, RCampus ePortfolios are in forefronts of ePortfolio management from both showcasing and guided learning & assessment aspects.
How does your vision of learning promote a student-centered approach to education? (e.g. student ownership of his/her learning)
We understand that students need guidance throughout the learning process and our ePortfolios reflect that vision by allowing students to control their ePortfolios and allowing evaluators, advisors and educators to guide them through the development of their learning evidence. As such, RCampus uses a unique mechanism to promote a student-centered approach to education with its two integrated components, FolioshotsTM which allow creativity, control and presentation of student work in a media rich environment, and FolioMatrixTM our innovative guided/directed learning and assessment tools. The combination of the two that were built on top of RCampus Learning Management System and RCampus Assessments and Outcomes provides a complete platform that facilitates a full spectrum of learning activities.
As mentioned above, RCampus is a user-centered system. Student-centered learning is enabled by a variety of features and options including student ownership of their ePortfolios, collaboration tools (including student-student collaboration), secure social networking, permission control, unified messaging system, personal document center, and personalized online presence to promote student creativity and ownership.
Does your tool allow students to control permissions? Can they share with people outside of the institution? How? (e.g., advisor, prospective employer, etc.).
Yes, with RCampus Folioshots (i.e. presentation portfolios), learners have full control of permissions and invitations. Each ePortfolio includes a secure invitation mechanism to allow reviewers, peers, advisors, prospective employers, and friends and family to access the ePortfolio. Students will share an Access Code with others and ask them to join his/her ePortfolio. The invitees become guests of the ePortfolio and can be promoted to reviewers. Students can also build multiple Folioshots with different access levels for different audiences (such as advisors, employers, college admissions) to showcase their work in a variety of presentations. Each Folioshot includes member management, permission levels to various pages which hold the artifacts, and different access levels to threaded discussions.
FolioMatrix enables access-control by facilitators or students. Using the internal user groups, one can easily invite various groups to manage a structured collection of artifacts, reflections, feedback and assessments.
Additionally, students can make all or parts of their portfolio available to public. They can also submit their ePortfolios internally to various areas of RCampus or externally via email.
What is the process for inviting feedback on work or artifacts?
RCampus has a number of methods available to perform feedback. Depending on how ePortfolios are managed, students can initiate the feedback process by inviting others (as described above), or facilitators and faculty can initiate the feedback process by designating evaluators to ePortfolios. Through these different forms of access, feedback can be done as simple as commenting and messaging, or as detail as structured feedback through rubrics in alignment with learning outcomes and standards. All feedback reside internally within the system, although users can choose to receive notifications. Through RCampus’ unified messaging system, students have access to all communication within ePortfolios or their Message Center. Through structured feedback mechanism of iRubric, RCampus’ authentic assessment system, faculty and students can engage in clear communication and detailed, individualized feedback that can be aggregate for future analysis.
Describe how your tool promotes and supports student-to-student collaboration.
There are many aspects of collaboration in RCampus for user-to-user and user-to-group collaboration. Students invite peers to their ePortfolios to showcase their artifacts and reflections and to collect their feedback, and/or perform peer-assessments. For students that enjoy developing presentation pieces, Folioshots promote creativity and collaboration through various levels of messaging, file sharing and feedback. For students that need to showcase their work without the creative look, students have the option of collaborating through FolioMatrix by either building one and inviting others, by adopting a pre-build template, or by receiving access to other students ePortfolios.
At a higher level, RCampus eCommunities promote collaboration through study groups, student clubs, private groups, and built-in social networking tools. Students can easily build or join eCommunities to collaborate with others. All communities contain collaboration tools such as discussion boards, file-sharing, content development, calendar of tasks and events, micro-blogging and more. RCampus also provides group ePortfolios which can serve multitudes of collaboration and showcasing needs.
Describe how your tool promotes and supports student-to-faculty collaboration.
Students use the same familiar collaboration tools they use with peers as they do with faculty members and other stakeholders.
Student-to-faculty collaboration is promoted through the use of guided ePortfolios where faculty are directly engaged in mentoring students, through RCampus LMS where students can submit their artifacts, reflections or the entire ePortfolio for feedback and assessments, and through other collaboration tools as mentioned in number 12.
How does your tool support and encourage the reflection process for students and faculty?
There are various methods to encourage or even require reflections in RCampus ePortfolios. On the one hand, students and faculty can be trained to build a culture of reflective work. On the other hand, RCampus allows institutions to direct users to include reflections or even require reflections in ePortfolios. In addition, faculty can assign reflective activities through RCampus LMS and ePortfolios. Guidelines for reflections are supported within the platform and can easily be communicated with users, encouraging both faculty and students to include or submit their reflections. Reflections can also be assessed, discussed or returned to students for additional work.
Reflections can be published for public review or privately made available to select group of invitees and reviewers. Students can easily organize a collection of reflections and submit them for feedback and evaluation.
In addition, student and faculty can use RCampus LMS where reflective assignments can be submitted directly to faculty as a part of the coursework.
How does your tool address and support institutional level assessment needs (e.g., aggregating student data and generating reports for accreditation)?
One of RCampus greatest strengths is its award-winning Assessments and Outcomes System, iRubric™, an integral part of institutional-level assessments. Components of ePortfolios such as artifacts and reflections can be easily assessed using iRubric which in turn generates comprehensive, easy-to-understand aggregation reports in alignment with institutional, program- and course-level, and national & regional standards and learning outcomes. RCampus ePortfolios was designed from the ground up with accreditation reporting and compliance in mind - a process that we are very familiar with. As such, RCampus has comprehensive and flexible reporting capabilities that address various reporting parameters. Institutions can perform their entire assessment cycle, from distribution of guidelines to data collection, report generation and analysis, using a single system. RCampus ePortfolios also provides a variety of other ePortfolio needs for collection and assessment of faculty, department, program, and institutional artifacts. These can also be used for accreditation reports and further evaluation.
iRubric offers a very easy-to-use facility to assess student ePortfolios and collect the results in a detailed structured manner. These results can be analyzed in a variety of formats for better understanding of student performance, and at a higher level, for institutional effectiveness.
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?
RCampus ePortfolios is an enterprise-level system and capable of integrating with other systems with published APIs such as Student Information Systems. RCampus LMS, Assessments and Outcomes System, eCommunities are fully integrated with RCampus ePortfolios, providing seamless user experience for all stakeholders. Parts of RCampus, such as iRubric Assessments and Outcomes have already been successfully integrate with other systems (i.e. Sakai LMS) and are currently used in a number of institutions. RCampus is also integrated with Google Apps allowing institutions that use this enterprise system to use RCampus through this integration.
What is the main strength of your application?
RCampus’ comprehensiveness and its ease-of-use are its main strengths. RCampus offers a comprehensive toolset for ePortfolio development, online presentation of work, ePortfolio sharing and submissions, content management, collaboration, feedback as well as a robust assessment, and analytics system for analyzing and reporting of student learning outcomes. In addition, institutions can easily utilize RCampus learning and course management as a part of their ePortfolio needs. Our award-wining assessments and outcomes system, iRubric, is integrated into various parts of the ePortfolio system promoting a rich authentic assessment experience.
What weaknesses have been identified relative to the user experience and shared with you?
Our users continuously rave about RCampus’ ease-of-use, flexibility and comprehensiveness. Some of their needs that cannot be easily accomplished are the ability of integrating RCampus with competing products, and the ability to save RCampus’ interactive ePortfolios to offline formats while maintaining the same level of interactivity.
Please share some examples of user feedback.
“Impressive system... I continue to be impressed”
“We’ve looked at many ePortfolio systems. This is the only one that does exactly what we need.”
“My school asked us to build an e-portfolio for post-graduation career development and recommended free eportfolios at Rcampus. It was so quick to build. I put my resume, documents and pics online quickly, submitted it for review and already got an interview thru the career center.”
“[RCampus] has saved me tremendous amounts of time, and the students really like using the Rcampus system. Thank you for such a well-designed system.”
“I used RCampus on an iPad to evaluate all my students while my family watch a basketball game.”
“I love Rcampus. ...I wanted you to know that RCampus is a Godsend to part time instructors like me because it allows me to use one system for all schools that I work at. I have access to it where ever I go and it is very easy to use. My students like it as well. thank you so much.
“You folks are awesome! Thank you for your GREAT SUPPORT and product...You're one in a million!!!!! “
"There's so much emphasis on measurable results right now, and iRubric makes it easy to document them."
"The other programs [that I considered using] were limiting. [RCampus] is more than just an ePortfolio system, it is comprehensive because it [also] satisfies the needs for me as a teacher."
"When you dive in and see how user-friendly [RCampus] is, you see how it can really streamline your teaching,"
“[RCampus] allows creativity; kids can do scans, upload their work, add pictures...they get to build so it holds their interest”
“I like the ability to control much of what I produce and put online; RCampus allows me to be creative”
“RCampus is a versatile platform for students at various levels of technological ability”
“Rcampus is a "Gem". “
Please share some examples of the successful use of your application to help students achieve their goals, admission to graduate school, career placement and advancement, etc.
What key changes or features do you plan to introduce in the near future?
Integration with collaboration tools such as Google+
Various mobile versions beyond the current compatibilities
Other features underway that will be announced upon their release.
System Requirements End User:
Modern browser (Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome) running on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Mostly compatible with iOS 3+ on iPhone and iPad and Android 2+.
System Requirements Server:
Web application: Any system capable of running ColdFusion 9 (Standard or Enterprise Edition) or compatible web application servers. Please see ColdFusion 9 system requirements.
Database: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or above, Web Edition or above. Please see Microsoft SQL Server system requirements.
Yes, in variety of models (hosted enterprise, cloud, student direct subscriptions). See Question 38 for detail.
Storage Capacity (per account):
Free Accounts: Basic Presentation ePortfolios with 50MB of storage
Paid Subscriptions: Premium ePortfolios with advanced ePortfolios for presentation and guided learning/assessments. Storage upgrades also available.
Fully FERPA compliant
Section 508 compliance:
The following are not public APIs and are only available to licensees.
User and account creation
Course and enrollment creation
PDF, HTML, Zip
Migration to RCampus Personal Edition after graduatio
Systems Integration (list known):
Sakai LMS (Sakai and RCampus ePortfolios can share the award-winning RCampus iRubric Assessments and Outcomes system which is integrated into Sakai Gradebook as well as RCampus ePortfolios)
Authentication servers for single sign on
SIS systems through import/export APIs
Accepted artifacts/media (pictures, video, audio, text, html, documents, etc.):
All file types except executables and script files that can run on the server and be damaging
Originally a software research and development company with expertise in complex and real-time processes
In Business since 1999, incorporated in 2003
Owned and operated by practicing educators and software architects with expertise in education and assessment related software
Over 200,000 users across thousands of institutions
Majority in US
Range from K-12 to Higher Ed
Student license pricing model:
Student direct subscription:
Free: Showcasing ePortfolios with 50MB storage
$25/Year: Advanced ePortfolios with Learning/Assessment components
Institutional pricing model:
Depends on the adoption and service model (e.g. Enterprise, Cloud, Student-direct subscription, etc.)
Prices range from $5 to $25 per user or based on FTE depending on the volume and adoption model (see below).
Postgraduate/transfer student license model:
Students can migrate their ePortfolios to RCampus Personal edition (at www.rcampus.com) and keep them for life.
Institution service agreement model:
Enterprise Licensing: Licensed instance in a variety of deployment models:
Self-hosted: Hosted at the institution and fully controlled by institution’s IT (managed services by RCampus also available)
Managed hosted: Dedicated instance, hosted and managed by RCampus in a highly secure data center (or designated data center by the institution)
Cloud Licensing: SaaS/Cloud model for reduced cost and access to Enterprise features.
Student-subscription model: Students purchase subscription directly, or institutions purchase bulk accounts. Hosted on RCampus’ high availability servers.
Online support information:
Knowledge base: http://help.rcampus.com
Contact us: http://www.rcampus.com/contactuseditc.cfm
Institutional support services (Free):
Access to general online trainings
Free email support
Access to a variety of learning tools, courseware
Special enhancements that are deemed useful to the entire RCampus system
Institutional support services (Fee-based):
IT needs (installation, ongoing server maintenance, etc.)
Integration with internal systems
Training and consultation (online and onsite)
IT staffing requirements:
Depending on the adoption model, IT needs can be reduced to one technical contact person at the institution as RCampus can provide and manage all IT needs.