Let's begin with some reading below about where people store their e-portfolios and viewing the videos to provide the next step in exploring the choices for placing our 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.
There is considerable debate about the value of e-portfolio systems v. e-portfolios 'in the cloud'. In this topic we will explore some of each to give you an idea of how they compare and which ones will suit your needs. Let's explore some of these options in this page and the next, before tackling the Level 3 Quests.
Let's begin at the easy end of the spectrum of e-portfolios and explore the reasons why you'd want to keep your e-portfolio 'in the cloud'.
Choices here are many, those that this MOOC recommends include Blogs, Googlesites, Wikispaces or NetVibes. Then we'll take a closer look at some of the E-portfolio Systems that you can access for free: Mahara, FolioSpaces, PebblePad and Digication. (see below)
Your choice of e-portfolio will be influenced by the purpose of your e-portfolio and with whom you wish to share the learning. Therefore it will be useful to hear from a number of e-portfolio practitioners about the reasons for their choice of e-portfolio. You can access these from Radio EpCoP Episode 3.
We'll provide some advice and demonstrations of various e-portfolio systems or tools in our Webinars this week, so be sure to participate or view these later.
You'll also find some really useful lists, recommendations and comparisons of e-portfolio systems in the E-portfolios Matrix.
Kim Cofino says this about using blogs for e-portfolios in her Wordpress blog:
I am a huge advocate of blogs as ongoing, reflective portfolios of student work. After using them with students for the last six years in a variety of formats in three different schools, in my opinion, they are the perfect container for sharing, organizing and reflecting on student learning.
You can view Kim's Portfolio as one the pages in her wordpress blog.
Dr Helen Barrett provides a set of easy steps for using Googlesites for e-portfolios:
Hazel Owen provides a very different approach using NetVibes for her eportfolio. You can listen to her recent presentation on
Why, When and How? Considering ePortfolios Sarah Stewart currently maintains her e-portfolio in her Wikispace and has this to say on her Blog:
Institutional ePortfolio platform or cloud-based blog?
For years I have been advocating the use of blogs and wiki for e-Portfolio. I use a blog and wiki and really enjoy it - I would not move to anything else now. But...I am a "mature" midwife with many years of professional experience under my belt. I understand the pitfalls and nuances of online communication as well as professional and legal confidentiality. (Sarah Stewart 2011)
Free access to three of these popular e-portfolio systems is currently available.
PebblePad - PebblegogyWe have some useful resources for those who are exploring PebblePad in their organisation and more will be available soon from the Pebblegogy website.
Below you will find some sample chapters - the first explains the principles of PebblePad, the second is an example of one of the 12 learning themes featured in the book with some PebblePad activities.
Thanks to the team at PebblePad for these resources.
The following videos provide some brief visual instructions on how to use the 'cloud computing' examples we've researched for you.
Google Sites: Simple, secure group websites
There is a growing group of Googlesites for E-portfolio enthusiasts, (including Coach Carole) who advocate the use of Googlios.
Here's a link to the Googlios project of G. Alex Ambrose and a recommended link to www.Googlios.com
Alex also links to many examples of Googlios, including this one belonging to Helen Barrett:
and Alex's own at:
Creating an e-portfolio with Wikispaces
Basic Outline of WordPress SLCC ePortfolio
This one contains specific instructions for students at SLCC, however the basics still apply and you can see how things can be created in Wordpress.
Introduction to NetVibes.com