Let's begin with some reading below on the definitions, explanations and viewing the videos to provide the first steps in understanding e-portfolios.
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Dr Helen Barrett says:
e-portfolios could be defined as “a purposeful collection of student (or teacher) work that illustrates efforts, progress, and achievement in one or more areas over time. An electronic portfolio uses digital technologies, allowing the portfolio developer to collect and organize portfolio artifacts in many media types (audio, video, graphics, text). A standards-based portfolio uses a database or hypertext links to clearly show the relationship between standards or goals, artifacts, and reflections. The learner's reflections are the rationale that specific artifacts are evidence of achieving the stated standards or goals. An electronic portfolio is a reflective tool that demonstrates growth over time." (Barrett, 2004)
Allison Miller, E-portfolios Business Manager, Framework says:
An e-portfolio is a learner-driven collection of digital objects demonstrating experiences, achievements and evidence of learning. E-portfolios provide learners with a structured way of recording their learning experiences and work history. E-portfolios can be developed quickly and easily in the workplace to capture live evidence through the use of mobile phones and point-of-view devices, and can include a range of digital evidence such as audio, video, photographs, smart pens and blogs. (Miller 2011)
Let's dig a little deeper now to find out just what an e-portfolio approach to learning really is. E-portfolios have been in used in schools, TAFEs, community colleges, professional associations and in universities for several years and many of them have initiated an 'e-portfolio approach'.
Let's check in to one of those and find out more. The RDNS are providing a Continuing Professional Development solution for Nurses in Your Health and Learning.
You can find out more about how the Nursing Professions in South Australia are forging ahead with e-portfolios in this recorded webinar from the EpCoP collections: November Session - Implementation Trials 2010.
You can subscribe to the blogs of some of our well known e-portfolio practitioners to keep up to date with their thinking about e-portfolio practices.
For up-to-date views on the myriad of e-portfolio types, the plethora of e-portfolio professional development resources and the latest news from our 'grandmother of E-portfolios', Dr Helen Barrett, subscribe to the e-Portfolios for Learning. Here is one of the latest articles, posted by Dr Helen Barrett about:
Links to recent E-Portfolio articles and blog posts
For up-to-date information on how Australian educators and professionals are using e-portfolios, keep an eye on the E-portfolios Blog: Allison Miller, E-portfolios Business Manager
Australian Flexible Learning Framework.
Here is one of the latest articles posted by Allison about:
Links to these blogs are provided permanently in the Communications section of the right hand navigation bar.
View this video E-portfolio for Starters below or at You Tube.
View this video E-portfolios for Lifelong Learning below or at You Tube:
Trent Batson, Executive Officer, AAEEBL provides this overview below and here at SlideShare:
A Case Study... e-portfolios UNSW. This video gives a good idea about how some e-portfolio systems are designed to support core teaching and learning processes.