TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute (WSI) is a registered training organisation which provides vocational education and training to more than 114,000 students every year in around 1,000 Australian Qualifications Framework courses. WSI started using e-portfolios in their Hairdressing program in 2009 and are currently using the Mahara e-portfolio system which is externally hosted by FolioSpaces. Since 2009, WSI has supported the wider adoption of e-portfolios into other teaching areas, including Information Technology, Business Administration and their Staff E-learning Capability Development program called 'eLF'.
Learners are supported to quickly establish their e-portfolio through an induction, ongoing support and the use of templates to populate with their evidence.
WSI also uses e-portfolios in their staff e-learning capability development program, called eLF, to support the reflection process, and offer their staff a way of applying for RPL for the e-learning learning units in the Diploma of Training & Assessment. This is providing staff with the experience of using an e-portfolio as a learner, and is seeing greater uptake of e-portfolios within their organisation as a learning and assessment tool.
WSI's use of an externally hosted e-portfolio system means that they do not have to worry about having internal e-portfolio technical support or expertise. This does, however, require that some WSI staff are able to administer their 'institution' or segment of the e-portfolio system, as well as trouble-shoot technical issues.
Nayomie Baihn and teachers from Western Sydney Institute provide answers to a series of interview questions about how WSI implemented Foliospaces for their learners.
Webinar Interview [link to recording in Blackboard Collaborate]
Fiona Noyce, Terry Singh and Jennifer Munro from Western Sydney Institute share models of e-portfolio usage with the goal of motivating and supporting learners in managing their learning evidence.
WSI E-portfolio Highlights and Extensions [movie]