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University of Alaska E-Portfolio Request for Proposal1. Overall RFP Program Goal Procure, deploy, and maintain an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) infrastructure for the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in order to support institutional goals aligned with: Academic Professional/Career Personal development. The University intends to establish a portfolio culture within UAA and promote/support that culture with its education and community partners. To assist in helping to frame the work of establishing and evolving an UAA e-portfolio culture, the University has used the text Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors (Jossey-Bass, 2012). The text will be referenced throughout this RFP as a way to provide a more robust understanding and documentation of intended University e-portfolio goals and outcomes. For example: Highlighting a critical UAA e-portfolio program assumption is the following statement: “Because one of the signature aspects of ePortfolios is the ability of the learner to document what it is they know, understand, or are able to do, and the development of those skills and abilities, the ePortfolio tool should emphasize a learner-centered [emphases added] view of education (as opposed to a course, faculty, or institution focus) (Light, Chen, Ittelson, 2012, p. 126).” The University has engaged internally in numerous conversations around the topic of “e-portfolios” over the years. Some of these conversations were captured on a project web site, this can be accessed at: http://eport.uaa.alaska.edu/. Note that any information on this site is strictly for informational purposes only and is not part of this RFP (note that the site is no longer updated and represents conversations as of May 2012). 2. Functional Requirements and Assumptions: In developing responses to the identified functional requirements, proposers should be guided by the following statement: With [insert offerors name/tool] a [insert area of focus – see below] can accomplish the following in support of their academic, professional, and/or personal goal. The functional requirements will scaffold in the following manner: students/learners take courses from/work with faculty/staff who teach/work in a particular program/office which is part of the institution (university). In developing functional specifications for institutional and program portfolios it is assumed that student/learner functionality will be available to be re-purposed. For example: In developing a program e-portfolio to support CAEP accreditation, staff will be able to upload files, edit text, control page layout, etc. These are all specifications that are identified in the “Student/learner functionality” evaluation section. Student/learner may use the same portfolio (or collection of sub-portfolios) during their entire degree path through multiple courses or projects beyond courses, to document their development. It is a reasonable use case that a UAA student may start their UAA e-portfolio while in high school, use their e-portfolio during their UAA tenure, and continue to use their e-portfolio as a UAA alumnus.