Unit 2: Developing, delivering, and curating content
A helpful animation introducing e-portfolios: http://youtu.be/6B3tujXlbdk...
An e-portfolio is a collection of learning materials representing the work of students or academic staff. It can contain a variety of file types which can be shared for feedback or kept private for individual reflection. E-portfolios can be used for student advising, career preparation, and to showcase progress through a course or programme of study. Academic staff can use e-portfolios to document scholarship, highlight teaching philosophies, and share best practices.
With formal and informal e-portfolio systems you can plan out a strategy for your students to save the artefacts of their learning. The key features are the storage and retrieval of files, and the ability to comment or provide feedback on the work of students or academic staff.
Even if your institution does not have an e-portfolio system, you can explore the possibilities for integrating e-portfolios into your online teaching. In the next activity you can review the features of e-portfolio systems, and consider the different approaches to working with these robust tools.
Even if your institution does not have an e-portfolio system, you can explore the possibilities for integrating e-portfolios into your online teaching. The following paragraphs will help you to review the features of e-portfolio systems, and consider the different approaches to working with these robust tools.
In the following video, Dr. Patsie Polly, Senior Lecturer in Pathology at...
In the following interview, Dr. Patsie Polly, Senior Lecturer in Pathology...
Learning e-portfolios are used to document student learning, and to guide progress over time. You can ask students to save all work from a course or programme, and add feedback to help guide their progression through the learning process.
Assessment e-portfolios are used to measure competencies and to assess levels of learning that have been met. They are commonly used to evaluate prior learning experience and document competencies.
Personal/professional development e-portfolios are used to document career developments and activities related to future planning. Commonly, they are used to document teacher training and academic staff development to demonstrate evidence related to set standards.
Presentation e-portfolios are used to showcase the work of students or academic staff and are commonly used in fine arts disciplines.
Group e-portfolios are used to showcase group project work and are commonly used for collaborative academic research and grant-funded projects.
Some of the things to keep in mind when implementing e-portfolios include:
Smartphones and tablets; in the context of online learning, they can be used to access learning content and to participate in learning activities.
Take a moment to reflect on the ways that you can use e-portfolios in your online or blended teaching.
Now check to see if you are correct.
The key to successful use of e-portfolios is the ability to export all content for continued access and use when your students (or you) are no longer involved in that learning community, or when the e-portfolio system is no longer available. Before you begin an e-portfolio project, check all import and export features available to ensure portability!
In the following interview, Dr. Patsie Polly, Senior Lecturer in Pathology at the University of New South Wales, discusses the work that she has done with e-portfolios.
Dr. Patsie Polly
Senior Lecturer in Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales
So, the work I've done on e-portfolios and how it can actually help a tutor assess whether the student has learnt effectively revolves around teaching students about authentic assessment tasks and how to approach those tasks. For example, in research communication, writing and oral presentation. And linking the e-portfolio to that assessment task. What that has done is allow the student to reflect on their learning process and write about it, document it in an e-portfolio. And this happens in tasks that we provide to students in second- and third-year pathology courses that are research-focused tasks.
The strengths of e-portfolios for students are their use in developing reflective practice, understanding that the skills that they're developing through, for example assessment tasks, are valuable in preparing for career. Tutors actually have an interest in e-portfolio because it allows them to gauge how well a student has learnt, also looking at the reflection process, and also understanding whether those skills have been documented appropriately. It's about the process, not necessarily the product. The product will happen, but then if you can't monitor the process you don't know how much development has taken place.