Slides available from edna site (ppt format)
University of Sydney did a trial in 2008 but the organisation as a whole is not actively pursuing, the Ed faculty is using both Desire2Learn and Pebblepad this year.
Types of ePortfolios: Assessment, Presentation, Learning, Personal Development, Multiple Owners, Working.
ePortfolios are challenged by a change of context ( eg institution, workplace, lifestyle) Multiple reflections of identity fragment the presence of the individual. In our project we’ve talked about this issue and tossed around ideas such as a eportfolio available to each Tasmanian, that can travel with them around their lives, work and study. The bonus of a ‘system’ is that it’s possible to support, guide and integrate more easily. For those that might not be self-directed and intrinsically motivated to establish their own online presence, the institutional model would serve as an entry point into this kind of learning behaviour.
There are several sites with eportfolio systems set up for trialling – www.edna.tv/mahara www.foliospaces.com And exabis through edna groups as a plugin to moodle.
ePortfolios can be an example of assessment AS learning, as well as OF and FOR. The range of formats that can be used encourages assessment of what has been learnt, more so than assessing the use of a particular format or technology (assuming of course teachers exhibit flexibility in their assessment practice.
Pru wrapped up the presentation with a range of quotes including George Siemens’ comment that there should be personal control of the learning history rather than institutional (reworded from my notes)
The handout for this session was quite handy with a great selection of links. Here it is on the edna site (doc format)