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Volume 1, Issue 2

October 15, 2008

Seahawk Semester

Publishing all things academic...whenever we have the time!

ePortfolio Pilot Rolls out at Harbor for Spring

President s Corner


Academic Senate


Joiner Gets Kudos


Kurzweil Reader Debuts


LAHC s New Faculty


Richards at ASO Helm


Service Learning


Help for Dismissed


Inside this issue:

Student Success Story


This spring faculty at Harbor College will participate in a pilot project exploring the best ways to use an electronic portfolio with their students. The Los Angeles Community College District has been selected by the State Chancellor's office as a test site for the new state-sponsored ePortfolio program. The LACCD program is being di- rected by Deborah Harrington, Dean of institutional Effective- ness/Student Success. Each of the faculty members will receive training during the fall semester and then employ the ePortfolio

software with their students in the spring semester.

This software, sold under the trade name eFolio, allows the student to create a portfolio of the work they have performed during the semester. It can store not only text files, but video, audio, and graphics files as well. Each stu- dent may have a number of sub- portfolios, each with a different purpose. For example, a student may have one portfolio for his or her English class, one for his or her major area, one for personal space, and perhaps one to support

a job application. Once the program goes into full swing, the student will be able to use this space for life for free.

One of the key institutional learning outcomes at Los An- geles Harbor College is the ability to think critically. Included within this important skill is the ability to bring the powers of analysis and reason to bear upon one's own ac- tions. As students collect materials for their portfolios, they will be asked to reflect

Cont. ePortfolio, p. 6

Harbor Posts Social Networking Site on MySpace

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Harbor College is pleased to share with you our very own MySpace page. Designed by a student worker under the supervision of the President, the page is designed to provide the college with an official My Space presence where potential students can get an over- view of the college and its re- sources in a format that’s both familiar and interesting to them. MySpace is accessed widely by teenagers and anyone who uses the net as a tool for social net- working. It is one of the most popular of the free platforms cur- rently available.

Use of the college colors, logo, and modifications to our official website design, as well as a modi- fied version of the MySpace for- mat, give the page a familiar look and feel while still maintaining the identity of Harbor College.

Harbors’ MySpace page….check it out at: http://www.myspace.com/harborcollege (you don’t have to have an account to access the page).

Mary Copeland

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