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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chat Session on E-Portfolios Tomorrow (18 Dec)

Dec 18, 2008, 3:30 PM PST: E-Portfolios (1 hour)

The e-Portfolio group, led by Lynne Wolters, will host a discussion of the definitions, process, benefits and uses of e-Portfolios [on Tapped In]. An e-Portfolio is a digital collection of artifacts (texts, videos, images, audio, etc.) which a student (or teacher) assembles and presents to reflect on and publish as a demonstration of learning. Please join us to discuss what you've done, thought about, planned, or heard of in the field of e-Portfolios. Experienced users, exploring beginners, confused learners, all are welcome.

Note: that's Pacific Standard Time.


Kelly Kozar said...

As part of my graduation requirements and final project for my masters in distance education, I'm required to submit an e-portfolio, which I will be developing early spring of '09. This is the first time that Athabasca University is providing this option to students instead of writing an exam(s))that have chosen the course route.

Bill Bell said...

Kelly, if you're in the least like me you'll learn more from doing the ePortfolio than from writing an exam. On the other hand you'll probably pay for that with a lot more work!

Ray Tolley said...

Hey, Bill, right and wrong!

Yes, you will learn much more - about yourself, through the opinions of your peers and mentors, through reflecting on your progression, through focussed polls or surveys and the fact, of course, that through using rich media others will get a much better understanding of you, which in turn generates social contact and a sense of cameraderie. And then, in turn, this generates a reflection, review and revision of your artefacts and the selection of what you really feel best represents you and your work.

However, this said, I do not think that an e-Portfolio generates "a lot more work". A good e-Portfolio tool enables the better organisation and safe control of the artefacts you choose to use as representing the real YOU. - One of my main arguments for an e-Portfolio is that it is 'an organiser' far more than trying to collate from a myriad separate artefacts 'splattered around the ether'.

see my blog at:

Bill Bell said...

Hello, Ray, and thank you for commenting.

I would just love to be shown to be wrong about how much work it is to produce an ePortfolio! With the minimum effort theme in mind, what would be the easiest way for me and other readers of my blog to find out about that?

Best regards, and Compliments of the Season,


Ray Tolley said...

Hi, Bill, and thanks for letting me join your group.

I'ts a long story, really, but it all started with researching the use of VLEs in the UK. Becta, a government agency for ICT in education here in the UK, requires that all pupils should have remote access with the facility of an e-Portfolio by 2010.

That got me thinking as to how an e-Portfolio would fit in terms of both functionality and educational value to both teachers and learners. There is therefore a matter of urgency that teachers here in the UK need to understand both the value of e-Portfolios and also the practical details of how to manage them, all within the next year!

Of course, I soon became an ardent student of Dr Helen Barrett and soon had to think through, from first principles, what an e-Portfolio should do for all age groups and abilities.

You should know that I have taught computing to Secondary aged students for over 25 years and thus have taught html and css etc. It soon became clear to me that if any e-Portfolio system was to be universally acceptable then it should NOT require any programming in order to construct individual e-Portfolios. Furthermore, rather than a collection of repositories 'in the clouds' the e-Portfolio should be a self-contained collection of artefacts.

After researching worldwide, I found one e-Portfolio system that looked adaptable to my requirements. Over the last year I have been continually trying to expand my understanding of e-Portfolio processes, including 'Multiple Intelligences' and 'Transformative Assessment' and, of course, interoperability.

I spell out a lot more of my thinking in the relevant section of my website at:

The bottom line is that in order to provide a simple, easy-to-use system that is adaptable to the needs of all levels of academia there needs to be some maintenance and hosting charges. However, working with year-groups of students or even a whole-school implementation we can get the individual user-costs down to just a few dollars per year - for life, in school, in work or out of work!

Also, see my blog for further discussions:

Best Wishes,
Ray T