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  • Thanks for the presentation, Helen. I have been saying for some time (along with Bronwyn Hegarty and Leigh Blackall) that we should be looking at using social media as a framework for ePortfolios - utilizing what students are already engaging with in their every day lives. Here is how I have organized my ePortfolio as an educator and health professional:

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  • Just enjoyed the session with Dr. Helen Barrett.
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  • A new insight in the process of the evolution of the e-folio project as a life story in the research of the Guru of this concept, Helen, Barret.

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  • Quoting Helen's ppt: 'This presentation draws on Pink's new book, Drive, and how blurring the boundaries between social networks and e-portfolios could motivate people to adopt the portfolio processes of collection, reflection, selection/presentation, interaction, and collaboration to support lifelong learning.'
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  • It is also not just about alignment with standards.
  • It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task.
  • A portfolio is, literally, a balanced collection of holdings related to one person, such as financial assets, job responsibilities, artistic works, and accomplishments. It’s something portable, something you carry with you. The portfolio represents the whole. It represents what you have or have done as an expression of who you are. (p.4)
  • Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings, and hence represented with a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions. He was worshipped at the beginning of the harvest time, planting, marriage, birth, and other types of beginnings, especially the beginnings of important events in a person's life. Janus also represents the transition between primitive life and civilization, between the countryside and the city, peace and war, and the growing-up of young people.


  • 1. Interactive ePortfoliosSocial Networks and Interactive Portfolios: Blurring the Boundaries
    Dr. Helen Barrett
  • 2. Newbie question: What are ePortfolios?
    e= Using technology to create…
    Portfolio = Purposeful Collections of Student Work
  • 3. What is a Portfolio?
    Dictionary definition: a flat, portable case for carrying loose papers, drawings, etc.
    Financial portfolio: document accumulation of fiscalcapital
    Educational portfolio: document development of humancapital
  • 4. What is a Portfolio in Education?
    A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student's efforts, progress and achievements in one or more areas[over time].
    (Northwest Evaluation Association, 1990)
  • 5. What is in an Education Portfolio?
    The collection must include:
    student participation in selecting contents
    the criteria for selection
    the criteria for judging merit
    evidence of student self-reflection
    (Northwest Evaluation Association, 1990)
  • 6. Most of those documents began as digital documents!
  • 7. Electronic Portfolios
    almost two decades (since 1991)
    used primarily in education
    to store documents and reflect on learning,
    provide feedback for improvement, and
    showcase achievements for accountability or employment.
  • 8. QUOTE
    The e-portfolio is the central and common point for the student experience… It is a reflection of the student as a person undergoing continuous personal development, not just a store of evidence.-Geoff Rebbeck, e-Learning Coordinator, Thanet College, quoted in JISC, 2008, Effective Practice with e-Portfolios
  • 9. Social networks
    have emerged over the last five years,
    used by individuals and groups to
    store documents and share experiences,
    showcase accomplishments,
    communicate and collaborate with friends and family, and, in some cases,
    facilitate employment searches.
  • 10. How is social networking impacting ePortfolio development?
    It is having a huge impact on our social and political world!
  • 11. Think!
    What are the engagement factors that drive the use of social networks and how can we incorporate those factors into ePortfolios?
  • 12. Social Learning
    How can we integrate ePortfolios with what we know about social learning and interactivity?
  • 13. How can you leveragethe technologies learners own?
    Accessibility from “net books” and home computers
    Connectivity with cell phones
    Audio (podcasts) and Video (digital stories)
  • 14. Boundaries blurring (between e-portfolios & social networks)
    Accountability Systems?As we consider the potential of lifelong e-portfolios, will they resemble the structured accountability systems that are currently being implemented in many higher education institutions?
  • 15. Lifelong interactive portfolios
    Or are we beginning to see lifelong interactive portfolios emerging as…
    mash-ups in the Web 2.0 cloud, using
    Blogs and wikis
    Facebook or LinkedIn
    YouTube, etc.?
  • 16. Digital Archive (for Life) Supports Lifelong & Life-wide Learning
  • 17. Similarities in Process
    There are many similarities between these two processes;
    the major differences are often in extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation (Dan Pink's concept of autonomy, mastery, and purpose).
  • 18. Dan Pink
    This presentation will draw on Pink's new book, Drive, and how blurring the boundaries between social networks and e-portfolios could motivate people to adopt the portfolio processes of collection, reflection, selection/presentation, interaction, and collaboration to support lifelong learning.
  • 19. Dan Pink’s Drive
    Elements of True (Intrinsic) Motivation
  • 20. Pink’s Motivation Behavior
    Type X - Extrinsic
    fueled more by extrinsic rewards or desires
    Type I – Intrinsic
    Behavior is self-directed.
    “It is devoted to becoming better and better at something that matters. And it connects that quest for excellence to a larger purpose.”(p. 80-81)
  • 21. Autonomy & ePortfolios
    Urge for Self-Direction is basic human need.
    Natural state to be Active and Engaged
    ePortfolio Implementation should adopt the motivating characteristics of autonomy found in social networks
    Sharing and Feedback
  • 22. Student Engagement!
    CQ + PQ > IQ (Friedman, 2006)[Curiosity + Passion]
    Learners find their voice and passions through choice and personalization!
    Portfolio as Story
    Positive Digital Identity Development - Branding
    “Academic MySpace”
  • 23. Mastery & ePortfolios
    There is an inherent exhilaration in Learning
    “It’s fun to get better as something!”
    “FLOW” -- a feeling of energized focus (Csíkszentmihályi)
    In their spare time, people gravitate toward activities where they gain mastery
    “Reach should exceed the Grasp”
    Compliance vs. Personal Mastery
    Open Source movement (Wikipedia vs. Encarta) - Challenge and Improvement – Make a contribution
  • 24. Mastery & ePortfolios (2)
    ePortfolio Implementation should adopt the motivating characteristics ofmastery found in social networks
    Showcasing Achievements
    Increased self-awareness and self-understanding
  • 25. Purpose & ePortfolios
    All of us want to be part of something larger than ourselves
    When people learn, they want to know relevance
    The more people understand the big picture, the more they will be engaged
  • 26. Life Portfolio – planning for an extended midlife transition (50-90)
    An intentional combination of passions and pursuits
    Envision new possibilities
    Plan ahead – visualize a new life
    Not “retirement” but “rewirement”
  • 27. Portfolio Way of Thinking
    Careers have a shelf life; portfolios can betimeless (p.x)
    … expands into a mindset that is ageless, in the broader sense of figuring out what really matters in life. (p.5)
    In the zone between total career mode and total retirement, many want to discover or rediscover their passion… create a legacy… turn careers into callings, success into significance… to make a difference…
    …portfolios become an ongoing, ageless framework for self-renewal
  • 28. Quote
    “ Portfolio responds to a calling that is knit into the fabric of our very being. It is about what our motivations are, what makes us feel most alive. Portfolio development is what our true work should be, for it’s where our deep gifts, and our gladness, meet the needs of the world.” (p. 43)
  • 29. Strategies for a Portfolio Life
    Tell the Story of Your Life: Narrative is a powerful tool for self-discovery
    Accomplishments Leave Clues… and increase self-esteem
    Connect with Others -- Networking
    Develop Your Goals: Goals Prepare us for Change… Goals Yield Purpose
    Revise, Reflect, Rebalance
  • 30. Portfolio Processes
    + Technology
  • 31. Today’s Technology Choices
    Slow Internet Access?
    Microsoft Office
    Other Options:
    Adobe Acrobat
    Apple iLife06 (iDVD, iWeb)
    Web Page Editors
    Front Page
    Publish on CD or DVD
    Fast Internet Access?
    Open Source Tools
    Most require a server
    Commercial Services
    Web 2.0 Tools (Free!)
    Google Tools
    Interactivity is KEY
    Publish online
  • 32.
  • 33. International Trends in ePortfolio Development
    Personalized Learning
    ‘Choice’ and ‘Voice’
    Self-Directed Learning
    Reflective Practice
    Constructing Deep Learning
    Digital Identity Development & Personal Branding
  • 34. Showcase?
    Multiple Purposes from Hidden Assumptions
  • 35. E-Portfolio Components
    • Multiple Portfolios for Multiple Purposes-Celebrating Learning-Personal Planning-Transition/entry to courses-Employment applications-Accountability/Assessment
    • 36. Multiple Tools to Support Processes-Capturing & storing evidence-Reflecting-Giving & receiving feedback-Planning & setting goals-Collaborating-Presenting to an audience
    • 37. Digital Repository
    (Becta, 2007; JISC, 2008)
  • 38. Reflection
    … is the “Heart and Soul” of a Portfolio… NOT the Technology!
    A Reminder…
  • 39. Balancing the 2 Faces ofE-Portfolios
  • 40. Some Basic Concepts
    “ePortfoliois both process and product”
    Process: A series of events (time and effort) to produce a result- From Old French proces(“‘journey’”)
    Product: the outcome/results or “thinginess” of an activity/process- Destination
  • 41.
  • 42. Less abouttellingMore about talking!
    - Julie Hughes, University of Wolverhampton
    Take advantage of Web 2.0 strategies in ePortfolio development
  • 43. Personalizing & Goal Setting
  • 44. Architecture of InteractionArchitecture of Participation(Web 2.0)
    allows a
    Pedagogyof Interaction
    (ePortfolio 2.0)
  • 45. Why Web 2.0 for e-portfolios?
    Access from Anywhere!
    Lifelong Skills!
    Mostly FREE!
  • 46. Process & Web 2.0 Tools
  • 47. All you need is… an <Embed> Code!
    Hall Davidson
    (Or a Hyperlink!)
    To incorporate Web 2.0 content into e-portfolio systems
  • 48. Developing ePortfolios using WordPress or Movable Type blogging software (with pages)
  • 49. Move beyond text-only artifacts
    Encourage development of multimedia artifacts
    Introduce alternative strategies for reflection
    Digital storytelling (audio & video)
    Blogging (including Twitter)
  • 50. Technology & Reflection
    Two Themes across the Lifespan with ePortfolio Development
  • 51. Do Your e-Portfolios have VOICE?
    Individual Identity
    Meaning Making
    21st Century Literacy
    “When words are infused by the human voice, they come alive.”
    - Maya Angelou
  • 52. Portfolio tells a Story
    "A portfolio tells a story. It is the story of knowing. Knowing about things... Knowing oneself... Knowing an audience... Portfolios are students' own stories of what they know, why they believe they know it, and why others should be of the same opinion.” (Paulson & Paulson, 1991, p.2)
  • 53. Portfolios tell a Story
    “A portfolio is opinion backed by fact... Students prove what they know with samples of their work.”(Paulson & Paulson, 1991, p.2)
  • 54. More Learning Resources
    MOre Self-Esteem with my ePortfolio (European Study & Tutorial)
  • 55. Websites with “how-to’s”
    ePortfolios with Google Appshttp://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioapps/
    ePortfolios with WordPresshttp://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioswp/
    Interactive ePortfolioshttp://electronicportfolios.org/blogmodels/
    All linked from my website: http://electronicportfolios.org/
  • 56. Invitation to Collaboratehttp://electronicportfolios.org/web2volunteer.html
    Help me write a book for ISTE on Interactive Portfolios for Learning
    Need K-12 teachers familiar with portfolios and comfortable with technology
    Use primarily Web 2.0 tools (blog, wiki, GoogleApps)
    Send me an email
  • 57. New Google Sitesinvitation for collaborators
    Reflection for Learninghttp://sites.google.com/site/reflection4learning
    ePortfolio Survey Instrumentshttp://sites.google.com/site/eportfoliosurveys
    Assessment for Learninghttp://sites.google.com/site/assessment4learning
    CIC Website for higher education: Multimedia Records of Practice, Electronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling http://www.cic.org/teach21/
  • 58. My Final Wish…
    May all yourelectronic portfolios become dynamic celebrations and stories of deep learningacross the lifespan.
  • 59. Dr. Helen Barrett
    Researcher & ConsultantElectronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling for Lifelong and Life Wide Learning