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What is an ePortfolio

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Basic overview on the the three major types of ePortfolios

Basic overview on the the three major types of ePortfolios

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  • 1. What is an ePortfolio? Teresa Brady
  • 2. Overview  What is an ePortfolio?  What types of ePortfolios are there?  How can I use one?  The use of portfolios is increasing!
  • 3. What is an ePortfolio??  When most people hear „ePortfolio‟ they think „resume‟ and that‟s it.  An ePortfolio can be much more than a simple resume. While it can contain your resume or CV, it can be used for Creating, Collating, Curating, Collaborating and Reflecting on anything that you‟ve ever written, drawn, photographed, recorded or created.  The ePortfolio effectively becomes a personal learning environment that is an ongoing record of your educational, academic and professional journey, to be continuously added to, built upon, and to evolve with you.
  • 4. What types of ePortfolios are there?  There are three major types (which may be known by alternate names):  Developmental [archive/comprehensive/learning/personal/reflective]  Assessment [course/learning]  Showcase [professional/career/internship]  Most ePortfolios are hybrids of these three types. Source: Powell, R. (2009). Discovering ePortfolios. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from https://mahara.org/view/view.php?id=4709 Barrett, H. (2011). Balancing the Two Faces of E-Portfolios. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from http://electronicportfolios.org/balance/Balancing2.htm Types of ePortfolios. (2012). Retrieved October 12, 2012, from http://www.luc.edu/experiential/eportfolio/typesofeportfolios/.
  • 5. Developmental ePortfolios “…demonstrate the advancement and development of student skills over a period of time.” They  are considered works-in-progress  include:  self-assessment  include reflection/feedback elements  primarily used to “provide communication between students and teachers.”  used to organize and reflect upon experiences Source: Powell, R. (2009). Discovering ePortfolios. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from https://mahara.org/view/view.php?id=4709
  • 6. Assessment ePortfolios “… demonstrate student competence and skill in domains.” These may be:  end-of-unit assessments  end-of-term assessments  used evaluate student performance  primarily used to “evaluate student performance as defined in VELS Standards and Learning Outcomes.” Source: Powell, R. (2009). Discovering ePortfolios. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from https://mahara.org/view/view.php?id=4709
  • 7. Showcase ePortfolios “… demonstrate exemplary work and student skills.” They  are usually created at the end of a program to highlight the quality of student work  can be used to display work to parents  shown to potential employers Source: Powell, R. (2009). Discovering ePortfolios. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from https://mahara.org/view/view.php?id=4709
  • 8. How can I use an ePortfolio?  Picture the following scenarios:  You have are up for an academic promotion, you have a lot of evidence, in lots of different locations, of how you have met certain standards. Do you hand in a large folder?  You have some excellent podcasts that you want to be able to share along with some supporting information. Do you share them via email? Dropbox? Google Drive? SkyDrive?  You have created a new course and want to be able to add your own reflections and changes. You also want to be able to use them as evidence towards your academic promotion.
  • 9. The use of ePortfolios is increasing!  “Substantial growth (nearly sevenfold) in the use of e-portfolios, from 7% to 52% (2010-2012)” (p. 29) Dahlstrom, E. (2012). ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2012 (Research Report). Louisville: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. Retrieved from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERS1208/ERS1208.pdf.