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  • 1. Electronic Portfolios: An Open Source Solution Stephen D. Sorden Northern Arizona University AACE E-Learn Conference Washington D.C. November 3, 2004
  • 2. Flagstaff, Arizona
  • 3. Problems in the Past
    • Paper-based versions were bulky.
    • Properly conducted, student-teacher interaction is very time consuming.
    • After wide-spread interest, practical limitations have cooled enthusiasm.
  • 4. New Promise of ePortfolios
    • Storage is no longer an issue.
    • Geographical limits are overcome.
    • Teacher-Student and peer interaction still time-consuming, but more manageable.
  • 5. 3 General Purposes of Portfolios
    • Learning (formative)
    • Assessment (summative)
    • Employment (marketing)
    • Helen Barrett (2001)
  • 6. Assessment or Learning Tool?
    • ePortfolios remain controversial as a tool for assessment.
    • Learner-centered approaches seem to encounter less resistance.
    • Promote lifelong learning and reflection
  • 7. Learning Portfolios
    • Learning portfolios are purposeful collections of artifacts that demonstrate the learning experiences of the owner.
    • Chen & Mazow (2002)
  • 8. Reflection
    • Reflection is the process of thinking about something from a new perspective in order to understand something more deeply.
    • It is a critical part of the process in creating a learning portfolio.
  • 9. Commercial ePortfolios
    • FolioLive by Mcgraw-Hill
    • TaskStream
    • Folio by ePortaro
    • College LiveText
    • FolioTek
  • 10. Open Source Software
    • Popular misconception is that it is free
    • Key element is that source code is open
    • Can usually be modified as needed
    • Commercial support of O/S software
    • Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, OpenOffice, uPortal, Sakai Project are examples.
  • 11. Why Open Source Makes Sense for Higher Education
    • Schools can pool technical resources
    • Control product development cycles
    • Product is tailored to higher education
    • Few to no licensing restrictions
    • Fulfills mission of higher education
  • 12. Open Source Portfolio Initiative
    • Founded in 2003 by University of Minnesota, U. of Delaware, & r-smart
    • Software is “free”
    • No licensing restrictions
    • Can be freely modified
    • Thousands of downloads
    • An active development community
  • 13. OSPI
    • A community of individuals and organizations collaborating on the development of the leading non-proprietary, open source electronic portfolio software available.
    • http://www.theospi.org
  • 14. My OSPI Platform
    • Windows XP (COE runs on Linux)
    • Apache 2.0.50
    • Tomcat 4.1.30
    • OSPI 1.5
    • MySQL 4.0.20 (Navicat client for $85)
    • OpenSSH
    • Java J2sdk 1.4.2.05
    • mysql-connector-java-3.0.14
    • PHP 4.3.8 (not necessary, but nice to add)
    (Everything runs on Windows)
  • 15. Future of OSPI
    • Over $1,000,000 in development funds
    • OSP 2.0 targeted for May 2005
    • Contributors: U. of Minnesota, Indiana University, r-smart, and many others.
    • Integration with Sakai Project
    • CIGs: Common Interest Groups
  • 16. OSPI Web Site http:// theospi.org
  • 17. Screenshots
  • 18. Screenshots
  • 19. Screenshots