About Us

The CSU has been interested in ePortfolios since 2002. This site allows for sharing and exchanging ideas and experiences. The Community of Practice site link opens new window is password protected especially to share information not appropriate to a public site. If you are part of the CSU and would like a password please contact the Center for Distributed Learning.

California State University
Center for Distributed Learning
(707) 664-2021

A CSU “Teaching Commons”

The CSU ePortfolio project exemplifies the The Carnegie Foundation's link opens new window idea of a "teaching commons" in which a community of faculty that are committed to enhancing the scholarship of teaching and learning can exchange ideas, best practices, discuss policy changes, and promote pedagogical innovations for their students.

The idea of a teaching commons is not new to academia. Faculty engaged in scientific research and disciplinary scholarship have long enjoyed collegial interactions and gained professional recognition through their participation in conferences and symposia, but teaching has remained for the most part an isolated and private activity.

The mission of this site is to create a collaborative space that facilitates and supports the use of ePortfolios in the CSU with opportunities to increase knowledge, productivity, and professional effectiveness through sharing of pedagogical best practices, reports on current campus progress, ongoing research and by building an online community.

A CSU-MERLOT Partnership:  Faculty can gain access to peer reviewed digital learning materials in their disciplines available through the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT). MERLOT (www.merlot.org link opens new window) was created in 1997 by the CSU to help faculty and students share high quality online content and pedagogy. Under the CSU's leadership, MERLOT has grown to an international consortium of education institutions, professional societies, digital libraries, and corporations.

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