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Information from the Ministry of Education:                  

What is an ePortfolio?

An ePortfolio is an online working environment, or learning journey that
can house or provide access to many digital artefacts and resources in various
media formats. The artefacts can include goals, process work, reflections,
feedback and feed-forward, evidence of activities, assessments, achievements
etc. These can be combined in various ways to produce different ‘views' for
specific audiences.

It is also necessary to think of the use of an ePortfolio as an
approach, or method, or support structure to teaching and learning. An
ePortfolio is both a thing and a process.

ePortfolios personalise e-learning for the individual - ownership of the
ePortfolio lies with the student. Using digital media, the student is able to
record and collect digitised artefacts in their ePortfolio including text,
audio, video, and multimedia that represent their ideas, learning experiences,
expressions and reflections.

Distinguishing features & advantages of ePortfolios


Digital portfolio



Paper portfolio



Enduring



Can deteriorate over time, susceptible to
environmental degradation –moisture, sunlight, etc



Provides continuity and can be lifelong



Often time-bound and discontinuous



Totally mobile



Not easily mobile, transport can be difficult



Freely and easily reproducible



A reproduction can be very time consuming and
inevitably will not look as good



Fully searchable – instantly and always available
to be searched



Table of contents and possibly an index, requires
physical presence. Can be slow to cross reference instances of a given ‘term'



Enables collaborative work



Not easily and certainly not simultaneously



Can be a ‘live' resource for others



Could be a limited and time-bound resource



Easily reviewable by anyone, anywhere, anytime



Needs to be physically present



Can be read, peer reviewed, or marked by multiple
viewers simultaneously. I.e. it has a feedback loop



Needs to be copied and then distributed to enable
multiple viewers or markers



Allows different organisational ‘views' of the
one set of core resource material



Fixed layout and format



The views represent different functions for the
ePortfolio: progression, process, showcase, competencies, etc



Different layouts are difficult to produce and
are always (paper) media bound or may also contain discrete additional media
samples



It may be linear, or hierarchical in structure,
or neither, or both



Structure is fixed



Allows learner/teacher interaction



Not unless done within the classroom



Provides student voice – feelings and emotions



Impersonal – generally does not reflect feelings
and emotions



Improves the learner's ICT literacy skills



Improves finger dexterity in turning pages



Easily and always available for editing



Not easily editable



Easily communicated to any size, type and
location of audience



Expensive to do so – needs copied and transported



Intended/designed to encourage reflective
practice



Can be, but more difficult to include reflections



Infinitely extends the classroom



Must be physically transported and present



Anywhere, any time access



Must be physically transported



A personal approach to learning that grows with
the learner's maturity



Content
and organisation mainly driven by teacher



Development focused



Often tends to be assessment focused



The owner has total control of the sharing and
commenting capability



Once out of the owner's hands she/he has no
control over access or comments



Does not have to be in possession of the owner to
be accessible and usable



Owner could possibly provide remote instructions
to direct a third party to access a document/book



Secure – difficult/impossible to lose or misplace



Can be lost or easily damaged



Multi-media – text, charts, graphic images,
sound, video and all combinations



Paper-based media only – text, images, diagrams,
charts. May have discrete additional media samples



Can include embedded files



What you see is what you get



Can link directly and immediately to other
references



Manual references can be provided – often difficult
and slow to follow-up


 


Teachers and schools typically use E-Portfolios for:

  • Performance management and
       appraisals;
     
  • Teachers' informal
       reflections on their practice based on the Teaching as Inquiry model;
     
  • Collaboration in groups for
       professional development purposes or classroom interaction.

Students use E-Portfolios to:

  • Scaffold their learning;
     
  • Set goals, reflect, then
       consider next steps in their learning;
     
  • Provide a communication and
       feedback tool between their teacher, classmates and family;
     
  • Showcase their learning,
       record and celebrate their learning journey.
For more information go to...
http://www.elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Assessment/e-Portfolios