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If eportfolios are so amazing, why dont we all have one?


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If eportfolios are so amazing, why dont we all have one?

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If eportfolios are so amazing, why dont we all have one?

  1. 1. If eportfolios are so amazing, why don't we all have one? Orna Farrell @orna_farrell
  2. 2. • Eportfolios • Teaching & Learning with eportfolios • Potential benefits • The Irish context • The Europortfolio perspective • Why…? • Future? Outline
  3. 3. Eportfolios? • “An e-portfolio is a purposeful aggregation of digital artefacts created by the learner articulating and evidencing experiences, achievements and learning” (JISC, 2008) • “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)
  4. 4. Teaching & Learning with eportfolios • Assessment: formative or summative • Personal development planning • Develop and evidence skills Work based learning • Career development & employability • Dialogic feedback (Y1 Feedback, 2016)
  5. 5. Eportfolio based learning- Jisc (2008)
  6. 6. Potential Benefits • 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 • Retention • widening participation for non-traditional/flexible learners • Supports collaboration & collaborative learning • Capture the wider student experience-volunteering, clubs, societies (Grant, 2009) (JISC, 2008) (Beetham & Sharpe, 2014)(Hallam & Creagh, 2010) (O'Keeffe & Donnelly, 2013)
  7. 7. Learner perspectives 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?
  8. 8. The Irish Context • Slow pace of adoption of eportfolios in Irish Higher Education • 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) •
  9. 9. 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 flexible • Graduate attributes & employability • Eufolio, ATS2020- second level
  10. 10. If eportfolios are so amazing, why don’t we all have one? •What is the cause of the underdevelopment of eportfolios? •Why aren't Irish HEIs using them? •Is it because the technology is not mature enough? •Is it because of the learning environment? •Is it a resourcing issue? •Is it buy-in?
  11. 11. 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 an organisation? • Do we need ePortfolios to learn & reflect? • Have ePortfolios reduced the asymmetry of the learning environment? • Under which conditions could the introduction of ePortfolios lead to learning innovation?
  12. 12. The Europortfolio perspective •White Paper - Reinventing ePortfolio technology and Practice (2016) Serge Ravet •Open badges, blockchains, a personal ledger
  13. 13. Technological maturity? •Bolted on vs embedded • eportfolio platforms vs. web2.0
  14. 14. Teaching & Learning issues? •Is it because the learning environment, especially the formal one, is not conducive to eportfolio practice? •Digital literacy (Jisc, 2014)
  15. 15. Resourcing issues? •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%
  16. 16. Buy-in? •How many people have an eportfolio? • Facebook-307 million European users or Linkedin 90 million European users (Ravet, 2016) •Main driver for adoption is institutional/professional requirements not learner intrinsic motivation
  17. 17. What next? •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”
  18. 18. Thank You!
  19. 19. References • JISC (2008) Effective Practice with e-portfolios: Supporting 21st Century Learning. • 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 Consortium • 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