In episode 92, Stacey interviews Elena Mangione-Lora from the University of Notre Dame about her work using meta-reflection and ePortfolios as a final assessment. Elena discusses why and how she made the transition to portfolio assessment. She also shares some of the scholarship she consulted and the data she collected during implementation. 

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Show Notes

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As a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame since 1998, Elena Mangione-Lora is an associate teaching professor of Spanish, specializing in intermediate and advanced language and culture courses. She has developed courses in translation theory and practice, Mexican history and culture, the Latin American telenovela, and others that explore Spanish-language music, history, culture and literature. Professor Mangione-Lora’s pedagogical interests include engaged learning, technology in new language acquisition – especially the ePortfolio, writing pedagogy and multi-media literacy. In April 2003, Professor Mangione-Lora received a Kaneb Teaching Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Examples of student e-portfolios…

…Link to Louise Medina Bengtsson’s public portfolio (200 level Conversation and Writing course):

…Link to Erin Albertini’s public e-portfolio. (300 level, 2 community-based learning courses):

Links to uploaded PowerPoint presentations…

Get it Together: the ePortolio as a Gallery of Student Work

Flipped Finals: Assessment as Learning via Culminating ePortfolios

If you’re interested in assessment, these past episodes may be of interest to you…

Episode 65: Preparing Students for Tests with Savas Savides and Dongbing Zhang

…Episode 64: Teachers’ Perspectives on the Seal of Biliteracy with Melanie Thomas and Pat DiPillo

Episode 36: A Departmental Shift to IPA-based Units with Rich Madel

Episode 34: Assessments, Affect, and Proficiency Goals with Raul Rosales

Episode 25: Responding to a Listener Comment on Tests

Episode 23: Performance Assessment, Can Dos, and ACTFL resources with Paul Sandrock


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4 thoughts on “We Teach Languages Episode 92: Meta-Reflection, Assessment, and ePortfolios with Elena Mangione-Lora

  1. I LOVED THIS EPISODE. Although I teach level 2 in high school as opposed to higher education, the idea of students reflecting on their linguistic progress is fantastic. I usually provide my Ss with an end-of-the-year survey so that they can evaluate the course, their progress, and myself as a teacher. However, this type of portfolio is definitely more comprehensive and requires a higher level of meta-reflection, which would not only benefit the educator but the students. I am contemplating several ways of integrating portfolios to my courses. Since my approach to language teaching is fundamentally communicative, it would be easy for students to keep track of products and practices we implement in the classroom, and to choose those that impact their learning so that they can make them part of their final reflection. Great ideas! Thanks so much.

  2. I really enjoyed the holistic perspective, and how Dr. Mangione-Lora reflects on the feeling her teaching leaves with students and herself in addition to the content knowledge. One question I have is regarding the nuts and bolts of setting up eportfolios. I teach in a public school district, 9th and 10th grade students. Are there more user-friendly ePortfolio sites than others? How do you teach students to select artifacts? How do you plan so that they have artifacts to select? Thank you for all of your advice!

  3. As a post-secondary instructor, I found myself nodding in agreement throughout this episode. I so want my students in my third-semester French course to see our time together as the beginning (or continuation) of a life-long love affair with the French language and with francophone culture. I often ask myself, “What do I want my students to remember about their experience in my classroom 10 years from now?” I hope the answer is NOT how to conjugate a verb.

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