On Sunday I had the opportunity to go to a session on ePortfolio’s run by Desire 2 Learn. It was a very useful, informative session and was not a “promoting our product” time at all. In face their product was not mentioned unless specific questions were asked. Well done D2L!
So here are a few notes from the session:
What is it?
Portfolio – collection of evidence gathered together –> shows a person’s learning journey over time (Butler, 2006).
ePortfolio – can have:
– supporting files
– evaluations, reflections and recommendations
– evidence of educational competencies
– writing samples (inlcuding drafts)
– evidence of creativity and performance
– evidence of extracurricular activities including leadership examples.
Why use an ePortfolio?
There are many advantages to an ePortfolio over a standard, paper-based portfolio:
– hyperlinked navigation / multimedia / ease of sharing
– easy access – anywhere, anytime
– one ePortfolio can have many uses (as you can create different views for different people to see)
– efficient organisation and management
Dedicated ePortfolio’s can give controlled access; they can be integrated with other systems (such as an LMS); can be used for assessment purposes; and can incorporate other web-based products.
ePortfolio’s & Learning
ePortfolio’s can expand learning opportunities. They are active, personal, reflective and social.
ePortfolio’s can be used by students for reflective learning. They can be used for recording information/reflections for example about work placements/practicums. They can capture the research, teaching and learning processes happening during research projects.
Recognition of prior learning can be shown in an ePortfolio. Assessment can be recorded (as well as comments, improvements etc).
They are a fantastic resource for showcasing student work.
ePortfolio’s for Teachers
ePortfolio’s can be used by teaching staff in much the same way as for students. They can be used to record/document/produce:
– Professional development
– Performance review
– Resumes and job applications
– Professional portfolio’s
– Peer review/assessment
– Showcase professional and personal achievement.
An ePortfolio is a powerful tool for both students and teachers. It allows learning to be documented in a structured way. It allows security of documents with the user choosing who can see what documents/blogs/etc.
Possibly the most useful part for teaching and learning is that, if used correctly it can capture collaboration that is going on between students, with the teacher, and with the community.
It is a journal of their learning.