How Do You Use ePortfolios in Your Courses?

Posted by on February 21, 2011 at 9:50 am.

What features are necessary for your students to create successful, useful, professional online profiles of themselves?

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  • Ray Tolley says:

    Dan, As I have said elsewhere ( ) the real key is OWNERSHIP. If the student is able to configure the ePortfolio as a real self-representation, something that shouts out, in the nicest possible way, ‘This is ME!’ then we have generated a pride of ownership that, amongst other things, generates retention.

    Secondly, it should be capable of being organised according to one’s particular target audience – and if targetting different audiences concurrently, the ePortfolio should be capable of delivering different ‘views’ or ‘personas’ using a selection of the same resources from the ePortfolio’s central repository.

    Thirdly, the ePortfolio should be ‘lite’. It should not be laden with complex assessment tools, complete content delivery etc. Quite simply, if we are to encourage our students to access their ePortfolio anywhere, anytime, then the ePortfolio should be capable of quick download to any simple mobile device.

    Fourthly, above all, the ePortfolio MUST be portable, from one institution to another, on to employment, between employments and on to retirement – or as Dr Helen Barrett says, ‘From sperm to worm’.

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