EPortfolios are a tool that has the potential to meet diverse needs within learning and teaching in higher education. Interest drivers can come from external and internal stakeholders, therefore requiring multiple ePortfolio purposes, presentations and audiences at different times (Joyes et al. 2010: 17) as exemplified in Figure 2. For example through ePortfolio use:- Individual students can enable their personal learning over the duration of their degree and provide evidence of graduate attributes, employability and continued professional development to selected audiences. Opportunity can be provided at a course and/or program level for creative and individual assessment, especially pertinent in experiential learning and work-integrated learning environments as well as in blended learning initiatives. Institutions can provide evidence of student transformational learning over time to support graduate attribute attainment and the requirements of external learning and teaching standards.
Context to Project• Developments in the use of ePortfolios in the Australian higher education sector have advanced rapidly in recent years.• ePortfolios Australia Conferences• A number of ALTC (now OLT) projects• USC -assessing and assuring of graduate outcomes and uses in work integrated learning experiences are areas of interest
Four Project Aimsa. Investigate purposes USC community require from an ePortfolio systemb. Develop set of criteria of functional requirements
Aims of the Project (cont.)c. Investigate appropriate software appsd. To provide future recommendations for ePortfolio use
Human Ethics Approval To share project findings we havehuman ethics approval No. A/12/408
Project Timeline Over Six MonthsDevelop Application L&T New data Literature Software Analyze Develop Writeproject ethics Week collection search trials data criteria reportplan approval Activities methods
Value of an ePortfolio• Potentially ePortfolios can meet diverse needs• Internal and external stakeholders• Require multiple ePortfolio purposes, presentations and audiences at different times(Joyes et al. 2010: 17)
Email Interest Group• All staff email sent out initially• Diverse number of responses• Within this group – volunteers to trial ePortfolio software packages• Feedback/showcase event to come
Early Data Collection Survey Intranet info Academic & case Poster studies Learning & Teaching Week Data Collection Strategies Roundtable Info Booth Informal Conversations
Early ObservationsDifferent levels of understanding about ePortfolios. 1. What is an ePortfolio? 2. Interested but questions 3. See value but inexperienced in use 4. Staff (students?) who have previously used ePortfolios successfully.
Ongoing & New Data CollectionOngoing New ActionsIntranet Information Presentations at Program Team MeetingsSurvey Online Billboard Posters Around CampusConversations Software Trial One MonthEmail Interest Group Showcase EventGoing to Workshops Functionality Testing
Who is interested in ePs?• Mostly ‘professional’ degrees e.g. - nursing - occupational therapy - teaching - urban planning - science (vocationally directed)• One degree with vast diversity in subject choice
Discussion• Tool to capture transformational learning• Evidence for competencies, accreditation and professional development• Strong need for teacher/student support• Robust and flexible software
What’s Next?• Finish software trial – feedback event• Analyze data• Develop criteria & test functionality• Write final report including recommendations• Disseminate results
Questions in the Back of My Mind• Initial excitement about potential of ePortfolios then –• Hard work begins – “Does the bubble burst?” ??????
Questions in the Back of My MindTalking to others involved in ePortfolios:• Are resources available?• Is there institutional will? ??????
Contact DetailsIf you would like further information please contact: Christine Slade, ePortfolio Feasibility Project Manager University of the Sunshine Coast Email: firstname.lastname@example.org