“ a general name for written texts where the unifying structure is not simply a linear narrative but a series of loosely linked pieces illustrating a theme or gradually building up a set of perspectives” (Winter, 1999, p. 67). Patchwork Media A non linear portfolio that embraces multimedia elements, e-learning patches and online community learning (McGuire et al. 2006).
“ Half of the respondents in the student survey cited discussion of learning outcomes or criteria, to be a key way in which the community supports the production of patchwork, whilst eighteen of the twenty-two surveyed students agreed that the online community helped them to understand what was required for each patch”.
Students can come to the peer review process with high degrees of trepidation. Seventeen of the twenty-two students surveyed agreed or strongly agreed with the statement sharing my work in the online community was difficult at first , whilst nineteen of the sample agreed that offering feedback in the community was initially difficult .
T he media used is selected by the students themselves. Learners are encouraged to consider and balance their technical skill and aspirations, the appropriateness of the media for the message that they seek to deliver, the needs of their workplace setting and the time available for the task.