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PDP May 2007

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PDP May 2007

  1. 1. E-portfolio using Blackboard Student experience of using e-technology for personal development (SABE)
  2. 2. Strengths of E-Technology <ul><li>Able to organise in an electronic fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Develops students’ IT Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Develops students’ Web-design skills in-line with Dearing </li></ul><ul><li>Students have access a central document base of work remotely </li></ul><ul><li>Allows presentation of information in a logical manner </li></ul><ul><li>Allows development of students’ organisational skills </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to submit coursework electronically </li></ul>
  3. 3. Weaknesses of E-Technology <ul><li>Security of information – i.e. Data theft or corruption </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ barriers to entry </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inability to web-design </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reluctance to self develop </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Poor self-management skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet access required – understanding wi-fi and data-security on the students’ part </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of teaching support of portfolio IT systems for design and management of the process </li></ul>
  4. 4. Opportunities of E-Technology <ul><li>Variety of design and software packages to suit individual needs, allows students’ to express themselves at their own level </li></ul>
  5. 5. Alex’s
  6. 6. Sophie’s
  7. 7. Opportunities of E-Technology <ul><li>Recipes develop personal levels of web-design and IT skills </li></ul><ul><li>Central document base, able to be accessed by prospective employers et all on an international level </li></ul><ul><li>‘ wow’ factor created by individual student </li></ul><ul><li>“ First impressions count!” – Brighton University Research (1992) – 7 second selling rule </li></ul><ul><li>Allows the student to be at the forefront of technology and communication </li></ul>
  8. 8. Threats of E-Technology <ul><li>Lack of web-design and IT knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>General security of data, especially where wi-fi is used </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of relevant data </li></ul><ul><li>Requires support for students’ to learn and understand various design packages </li></ul>
  9. 9. ePortfolios using Blackboard
  10. 10. Strengths of E-Portfolios <ul><li>Good start for basic construction of an e-portfolio regardless of format </li></ul><ul><li>Good level of existing support and guidance from Master mentor (Jacque) </li></ul><ul><li>Developed and student led templates </li></ul><ul><li>Link up with professional institutions requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages self reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Audit of skills and personal goals </li></ul>
  11. 11. Weaknesses of E-Portfolio Process <ul><li>Student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ own personal motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Limited level of data storage </li></ul><ul><li>Design restrictions dependent on students skills </li></ul><ul><li>Security of data – e.g. Plagiarism and wi-fi environments </li></ul><ul><li>Assumes students come to university with a certain level of IT knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Limited ability to view externally (only through wmin website) </li></ul><ul><li>Inability for students’ to follow information </li></ul><ul><li>Student time management skills </li></ul>
  12. 12. Opportunities of E-Portfolios <ul><li>Networking, sharing and commenting </li></ul>
  13. 13. Opportunities of E-Portfolios <ul><li>Improves and demonstrates employability </li></ul><ul><li>Elevates students applications for employment </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguishes students from the crowd </li></ul><ul><li>Meets the professional requirements/qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Identify goals </li></ul>
  14. 14. Threats of E-Portfolio <ul><li>Stability of computer systems </li></ul><ul><li>Students’: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lack of knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>interest in the scheme </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>inability to realise relevance for professional development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Lack of trained and involved staff </li></ul><ul><li>Existing support network not sufficient for 100% students engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for support networks needs to be protected </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of design – development to entice students </li></ul>
  15. 15. Threats of E-Portfolio <ul><li>Software limitation and student lack of knowledge to resolve the problem </li></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusions <ul><li>Portfolios take time to develop </li></ul><ul><li>Need to encourage a sense of competition amongst student peers </li></ul><ul><li>Takes self-reflection and commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations are required to engage students </li></ul><ul><li>Unique opportunity to prepare for professional life (APC/RICS) </li></ul><ul><li>Takes personal motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Requires interpretation on behalf of the student </li></ul>
  17. 17. E-Portfolio Process Cycle Collect Select Reflect Connect
  18. 18. Final Year Portfolio
  19. 19. Final Year Portfolio
  20. 20. Final Year Portfolio

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