Framingham State University

Collecting Assessment Data More Effectively


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Institutional  Profile

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Framingham State University, founded in 1839, is a public; four-year, co-educational institution located 20 miles from Boston and offers 26 undergraduate and 24 graduate programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits Framingham’s department of nursing.


Key Challenges

Previous to LiveText, a portfolio tool was used that came as an extension to their existing learning management system. However, the solution was very cumbersome to use, and students were spending all their time on the technology part rather than using it as an effective learning tool. When LiveText was piloted as an alternative solution, students had no problems using its e-Portfolio capabilities. Both faculty and students felt the difference was “like night and day.” With custom templates designed by LiveText for their use, students found it much easier to develop and make changes to their portfolios. Faculty also liked the fact that they could provide formative feedback to the students using the inline comment features.


Solution

Framingham State initially adopted LiveText in May 2012 as a pilot program for the Master of Science in Nursing program and is in the process of expanding this to the entire class this fall semester. They needed their master’s students to develop professional portfolios as one of the main assignments in their Advanced Technology and Nursing Informatics course. The objective was to engage students directly in their learning.

Using LiveText allowed students to centralize their work, making it easier for them to reflect on their learning process and to develop a career portfolio for employment or career advancement upon graduation. They also used LiveText to assess program outcomes in preparation for their CCNE accreditation back in 2014.

“It was a pleasure to work with LiveText this summer when a group of 14 MSN students developed their e-Portfolios. LiveText created a custom template, making it simple for students to insert their artifacts. Support from LiveText was always available, and I look forward to introducing 47 more students to LiveText this fall.”

Dr. Cynthia Francis Bechtel
Associate Professor, Master of Science in Nursing
Framingham State University