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Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.

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My Vita

My Vita can be viewed on my website at http://electronicportfolios.org/vita2002.pdf

Brief Biography

I am on the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage and have been researching electronic portfolios since 1991, publishing a website on Technology and Alternative Assessment since 1995 (http://electronicportfolios.com).

I have been involved in Educational Technology and Staff Development in Alaska since 1983, first as Staff Development Coordinator with the Fairbanks School District and now with the University of Alaska Anchorage. I was in charge of Educational Technology programs for the School of Education and initiated the development of UAA's New Media Center for campus-wide faculty development.

As the Assessment Coordinator for the International Society for Technology in Education's National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (ISTE NETS.T) Project, I have been developing strategies and resources to assess teacher technology competence. I also served as Vice President for Assessment and E-Folios for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Through the Educause/NLII/AAHE Community of Practice, I provided early leadership to define pedagogical specifications for online portfolio systems.

Over the last three years, I have written several successful federal technology grants, the most recent through ISTE to support technology and assessment in teacher education programs throughout the United States, providing training and technical assistance on using electronic portfolios to assess achievement of teaching standards. I have been on loan to ISTE on a full time basis for the duration of this PT3 Catalyst Grant (2001-2004).

My presentations at numerous regional and national conferences have explored the emerging field of technology and alternative assessment and my authoritative articles have appeared in books, journals and proceedings published by ISTE, AACE, AAHE, and WCCE. I recently produced a multimedia CD-ROM-based Electronic Portfolio Handbook. My research about electronic portfolios began with a study of K-12 student e-portfolios for the Alaska Department of Education in the early 90s. In the mid-90s, my research focus changed to electronic teacher portfolios, and I am currently exploring both high school graduation portfolios and family involvement in e-portfolio development in early childhood education. This newest research focuses on how schools can meet the Parent Involvement goal of NCLB through the collaborative development of electronic portfolios to communicate authentic student learning related to standards, goals or outcomes.

2004, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.