If eportfolios are so amazing, why dont we all have one?
If eportfolios are so amazing,
why don't we all have one?
• Teaching & Learning with eportfolios
• Potential benefits
• The Irish context
• The Europortfolio perspective
• “An e-portfolio is a purposeful
aggregation of digital artefacts created by
the learner articulating and evidencing
experiences, achievements and learning”
• “eportfolios are student-owned dynamic digital
workspaces wherein students can capture their
learning and their ideas, access their collections
of work, reflect on their learning, share it, set
goals, seek feedback and showcase their learning
achievements.” (EUFOLIO, 2015)
Teaching & Learning with eportfolios
• Assessment: formative or summative
• Personal development planning
• Develop and evidence skills Work
• Career development & employability
• Dialogic feedback (Y1 Feedback,
• Engage and motivate learners
• Personalise learning/ownership of learning
• Promotes reflective practice
• Make progress and attainment more obvious
• Promote personal development planning
• Support for learning and regular formative feedback
• widening participation for non-traditional/flexible learners
• Supports collaboration & collaborative learning
• Capture the wider student experience-volunteering, clubs,
(Grant, 2009) (JISC, 2008) (Beetham & Sharpe, 2014)(Hallam & Creagh, 2010) (O'Keeffe & Donnelly, 2013)
I love just tinkering with it (eportfolio)
even when I wasn’t sitting down to do
a specific job on it…I was thinking I
wonder if I can do this?
The Irish Context
• Slow pace of adoption of eportfolios in Irish Higher
• Eportfolios have been used for assessment and
personal development in the U.S. for 24 years
(Barrett, 1994) In 2007, 56% of UK HEIs were using
eportfolios (Strivens, 2007)
• pockets of engagement as module assessment in
DCU,TCD, IT Tralee, AIT, CIT, RCSI, DIT and IT
Sligo-none at programme level (Eportfoliohub, 2016)
The Irish Context
• whole curriculum approach not just a tool needed
• If seen as “external to the core curriculum” the uptake
by students may not be as extensive compared to an
embedded approach (Simatele, 2014)
• Hunt report (2011) -widen participation, increase
student numbers, improve retention, become more
• Graduate attributes & employability
• Eufolio, ATS2020- second level
If eportfolios are so amazing, why don’t
we all have one?
•What is the cause of the underdevelopment of
•Why aren't Irish HEIs using them?
•Is it because the technology is not mature
•Is it because of the learning environment?
•Is it a resourcing issue?
•Is it buy-in?
The Europortfolio perspective
• ePortfolio Green paper: Why doesn't everyone have an
ePortfolio? (2016)-Serge Ravet
Series of challenging statements:
• Why doesn't everyone have an ePortfolio?
• Who really benefits from the introduction of ePortfolios in
• Do we need ePortfolios to learn & reflect?
• Have ePortfolios reduced the asymmetry of the learning
• Under which conditions could the introduction of ePortfolios lead
to learning innovation?
The Europortfolio perspective
•White Paper - Reinventing ePortfolio
technology and Practice (2016) Serge Ravet
•Open badges, blockchains, a personal ledger
•Bolted on vs embedded
• eportfolio platforms vs. web2.0
Teaching & Learning issues?
•Is it because the learning environment,
especially the formal one, is not
conducive to eportfolio practice?
•Digital literacy (Jisc, 2014)
•state grant to institutions fell by
38%, with additional fee income
from students, overall funding
fell by nearly 14%
•at a time when full-time student
numbers increased by 25%
•How many people have an
• Facebook-307 million
European users or Linkedin 90
million European users (Ravet,
•Main driver for adoption is
requirements not learner
•What does the future landscape for eportfolios in
Irish Higher education promise?
•Irish HE Horizon report (2015) “among the top 10
key trends accelerating technology adoption
identified by the Horizon report is the increase in
eportfolios created by learners”
• JISC (2008) Effective Practice with e-portfolios: Supporting 21st Century Learning. www.jisc.ac.uk/elearning
• Simatele, M. (2015). Enhancing the portability of employability skills using eportfolios. Journal of Further and
Higher Education, 39(6), 862-874
• Strivens, J (2007) A survey of e-pdp and e-portfolio practice in UK Higher Education.
• Jonson, L., Adams Becker, S., Cummins, M., Estrada, V., & Freeman, A. (2015). 2015 NMC Technology
Outlook for Higher Education in Ireland: A Horizon Project Regional Report. Austin: The New Media
• EUFOLIO. (2015). EU ePortfolio Pilot Project 2013-2015. Summary Report Ireland.
• Y1 Feedback (2016) Technology Enabled Feedback in the First Year: A Synthesis of the Literature
• Beetham, H., & Sharpe, R. (2014). Rethinking pedagogy for a digital age. London: Routledge.
• Grant, S. (2009). Electronic Portfolios: Personal Development and Personal Values. Oxford: Chandos.
• Hallam, G., & Creagh, T. (2010). Eportfolio use by university students in Australia: a review of the Australian
eportfolio project. Higher Education Research and Development,29(2),179-193.
• EUROPORTFOLIO (2016) Green and White Papers.
• Department of Education and Skills. (2011). National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 Report of the
Strategy Group. Dublin: Department of Education and Skills.
• QQI(2016) Quality in an Era of Diminishing Resources Irish Higher Education 2008-15. Dublin: QQI