Let's begin with some reading below about why people use e-portfolios and viewing the videos to provide the next step in understanding the purpose of e-portfolios.
Then consolidate your learning by visiting the Quests and completing them this week.
Remember to visit the Ning Network forums to join in the discussions there.
Why are we immersing in social networks? Why do we seek out free Web 2.0 tools to tell our stories?
These and other why questions will frame our experiences in Topic Two and place e-portfolios within the context of connecting the pieces of our lives online. Here we give you licence to 'think outside the box' and consider the broader compelling actions of social networking and its place in your e-portfolio.
Let's look at three compelling reasons for keeping an e-portfolio. You'll also find examples in the E-portfolios Gallery that provide insight into the wide range of reasons why we build, maintain and share e-portfolios.
Then consolidate your learning by visiting the Level 2 Quests and completing them this week.
Sarah Stewart says:
Which way do we go?Ray Tolley establishes certain criteria to pose the 10 things about:
... "So on the one hand I am personally committed to keeping my ePortfolio in the format I am currently using...ie a mix of blog, wiki, YouTube, Slideshare etc. But on the other hand I recognise why education and professional institutions, as well as hospitals and health organisations are moving toward standardised, closed ePortfolio platforms....places where midwives and nurses can reflect in private, and a technology that easily interacts with systems set up by professional regulatory bodies...." (Sarah Stewart 2010)
What makes a good e-Portfolio?
Ray has written a collection of blog articles that will help you unpack the answers to some of these issues:
e-Portfolios are coming. But how much do teachers really understand about e-Portfolios? How will it change Teaching & Learning? How will it affect working conditions? Do parents have a say in all of this? And what do students think? (Ray Tolley 2008-2011)Don Presant says:
Portfolios and ePortfolios are career self-management tools that can be useful to anyone who is experiencing a career transition; who wants to change occupations, or simply wants to discover their strengths, gaps and goals. For example, they provide a bridge for immigrants experiencing barriers to employment due to a lack of Canadian experience. Prior learning can be presented in a positive manner, with evidence of transferable skills.
The journey of building a portfolio or eportfolio is often more
important than the final result due to the personal growth and
awareness that results from the participant exercises. (Don Presant 2010)
What's the 'big picture' on this? Consider these five threshold concepts that Allison Miller posted about in the E-portfolios Blog in August 2010: Emerging considerations when implementing an e-portfolio
Here's how Allison summarised this.
Joyes et al (2009) describe a threshold concept as an idea which is central to the mastery of a subject or skill. This underpinning knowledge is required to make the practical outcomes possible and tries to overcome some of the common misconceptions about implementing an e-portfolio into a learning process.
‘Five Threshold Concepts for E-portfolio Implementation’ include:
Dr Helen Barrett tells us why we need to find, gather and connect the pieces of our lives in the video below. Helen also provides us with a clear view of the impact of E-portfolios in Adult Learning in this set of slides.
You may find answer answers to this question by watching this video: 'What impact will technology, social networking and reflection have on you in your learning?'
Barrett, H. (2010 February 25). TEDxASB – Helen Barrett -2/25/10 Social Networks and Interactive Portfolios: Blurring the Boundaries [Video file].
Sarah Stewart shows us her eportfolio approach using a wiki space and a blog site. This is one approach that may appeal to you. We'll look deeper into the choices of an eportfolio 'space' in the next topic, Topic Three: Where?
Graham Attwell explores the compelling reasons why we all need eportfolios! His Blip TV video says it all about implementing eportfolios in educational and learning settings. This is a rather long video (26 mins+) so set aside some time to really focus on what Graham has to say about: Who provides the eportfolio? Who owns the eportfolio? Authentic Assessment FOR the Learner! Personal Learning Landscapes.
Learner published journals, artefacts and exchanging views on their learning journey.
Attwell (July 2007)
E-portfolios for self-expression
JISC projects reveal the following tangible benefits in relation to efficiency, enhancement and transformation.
For efficiency - time savings in:
Teaching Quality Enhancement
For transformation - through: