ePortfoliosby DesignWhat‟s the big idea?
Some definitionsKey terms and differences
ePortfolio in academia means:PebblePad Blog
Portfolio in design land means:A portfolio A website
PDP: International researchAustralian e-Portfolio ProjectInstitution: Queensland University of TechnologyPublished: 2008Co...
PDP and e-portfolio: UKUniversity of Hull 
Dissertation Direct: a PebblePad learning space for finalist studUniversity of ...
e-portfolios can be used for:• Integration of formal, informal and work-basedlearning into a coherent whole.• Accessibilit...
Benefits for the teaching team:• make students‟ work accessible fromanywhere• easy to check on progress for individualstud...
Student use ofePortfolios
ePortfolios are supposedto be a processScrapbook / Ideas /CollaborationSubmitted piecesFinal selections (CV)
And there are differentaudiences for each stageScrapbook /IdeasSubmittedpiecesFinalselections
And the tools they may useBlog > PebblePad > Website/EmailScrapbook /IdeasSubmittedpiecesFinalselections
Case studies show that…• Good use of web media empahsises the use ofinteraction and commenting and can break down thetop d...
Design studentssimply use differentmedia
The real world equivalentat Worcester Digital ArtsLearning Journal(sketchbook)Assessed artwork (eg. Poster)and or text (Le...
And the tools they may usePrivate Blog > Blog > ePortfolioScrapbook /IdeasSubmittedpiecesFinalselections
Which is also what happensin industryMoodboard / Research - Pinterest Final Piece
Why are we not using sucha system?• Students (such as me) find their own tools if theprovided ones are not good enough• If...
So Why are theseneeds not served?
Are designers that different?• As far as we can tell there is no one product that designstudents use.• We think the reason...
The solution?The Question mark is important
Wordpress• Has reached a mature state and become many things todifferent people• IS the industry standard and looks like b...
The big ideaDesign ledblogging toolPortfolio ofpieces
The real world equivalentat Worcester Digital ArtsLearning Journal (sketchbook)Assessed artwork (eg. A Bookcover) and or t...
An ecosystem of sitesClass of‟14portfolioStudent1Student4Student5Tutor1Tutor2Student3Student2
Worcesterdegreeshows.co.ukThe first, simple, prototype portfolio site
Worcesterdegreeshows.co.ukThe first, simple, prototype portfolio site
FolioPress.meBranding and name
A couple ofexamplesHow will this thing work
“LAURA”Example of a less techy, more arty student
Laura3434.worcdigital.co.uk• Gets a blog setup for her on the above address, with pre-made module categories, links to tut...
“DAVID”Example of a digital learner
David3434.worcdigital.co.uk• Gets the same blog and is given same tasks.• Continues to use the blog as a learning tool, an...
So what do we wantfrom this?And who is we?
Learning• Students well versed in digital with confidence• Better referencing and research (Mashups)• Different way of wor...
ToolsScrapbook /IdeasSubmittedpiecesPortfolio
MarketingClass of‟13portfolioStudent1Student3Student2
Longevity• Keep track of work, have digital copies – a universityportfolio• URLs matter for Search, as does cross linking ...
The whatOur big plan
When is all this happening• Degree show site was a prototype – May „13• Trial with students September ‟13 – built into new...
What will a student get?• Webspace• FTP access to their blog folder• Domain name• With instructions on how to mask their U...
URLS = longevityStudentname.worcesterarts.ac.ukStudentcrazyname.com
Maintenence• We see this as a multisite wordpress system• http://codex.wordpress.org/User:Beltranrubo/BitNami_Multisite• T...
Privacy – a big issue• Posts should be marked as private, unpublished orpublic• Private posts can be seen by select folk i...
Legals• Blogs need to be the responsibility of individual usersand not attributed to the University• Flags should be put u...
Official vs unofficial• The joy of Facebook is that it is deemed to be“uncontrolled”• A university publication has the air...
Thank YouSam Collett / Ree HanReferences and files can be found:stage.phenotype.net/samcollett
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  1. 1. ePortfoliosby DesignWhat‟s the big idea?
  2. 2. Some definitionsKey terms and differences
  3. 3. ePortfolio in academia means:PebblePad Blog
  4. 4. Portfolio in design land means:A portfolio A website
  5. 5. PDP: International researchAustralian e-Portfolio ProjectInstitution: Queensland University of TechnologyPublished: 2008Conditions for summative portfolio assessement in medical educationInstitution: Utrecht UniversityPublished: 2006e-Portfolio, Life Long Promises for Learning?!Institution: Windesheim UniversityMaking Student Learning VisibleInstitution: Penn State UniversityPublished: 2006
  6. 6. PDP and e-portfolio: UKUniversity of Hull 
Dissertation Direct: a PebblePad learning space for finalist studUniversity of Central Lancashire“we aim to produce easy-to-use guides for academicstaff, focussing on the embedding of reflection in the formalcurriculum, and for personal advisers, focussing on helpingstudents with personal reflection, self-awareness, skillsanalysis, and career planning.”Buckinghamshire New UniversityEffective implementation of PDP and ePortfolio across curriculawith a professional, employment and academic focus.The Centre for Recording Achievement UK
  7. 7. e-portfolios can be used for:• Integration of formal, informal and work-basedlearning into a coherent whole.• Accessibility – learning can be demonstrated inthe way most appropriate to an individual‟ssituation.• Personal Development Plan• Academic Tutorial• Monitor and support• Portability and ownership of personal learning.• Behavioral management• save students‟ time in assembling and presentingwork¨
  8. 8. Benefits for the teaching team:• make students‟ work accessible fromanywhere• easy to check on progress for individualstudents for three years• improve the monitoring of progress(struggling students can be identified morequickly)• Assist team communication and speedyresponses.
  9. 9. Student use ofePortfolios
  10. 10. ePortfolios are supposedto be a processScrapbook / Ideas /CollaborationSubmitted piecesFinal selections (CV)
  11. 11. And there are differentaudiences for each stageScrapbook /IdeasSubmittedpiecesFinalselections
  12. 12. And the tools they may useBlog > PebblePad > Website/EmailScrapbook /IdeasSubmittedpiecesFinalselections
  13. 13. Case studies show that…• Good use of web media empahsises the use ofinteraction and commenting and can break down thetop down aspect of teaching• Referencing & research is far better in those studentsthat use blogs vs paper based (Simply as it is so easy)• Students are much more into this technology than werealise (caveat is more mature students get left behind)• We should embrace the mashup principle of the web 2.0– the essence of research
  14. 14. Design studentssimply use differentmedia
  15. 15. The real world equivalentat Worcester Digital ArtsLearning Journal(sketchbook)Assessed artwork (eg. Poster)and or text (Learning report)Portfolio for big wide world
  16. 16. And the tools they may usePrivate Blog > Blog > ePortfolioScrapbook /IdeasSubmittedpiecesFinalselections
  17. 17. Which is also what happensin industryMoodboard / Research - Pinterest Final Piece
  18. 18. Why are we not using sucha system?• Students (such as me) find their own tools if theprovided ones are not good enough• If the provided tools aren‟t intuitive• If they serve different purposes to what is being asked• If technology has moved on• If the teaching of such tools is not in the cirriculum somestudents will not explore the possibilities• Tutors generally use blogs as do some students• Should embrace the fact that they use different systems
  19. 19. So Why are theseneeds not served?
  20. 20. Are designers that different?• As far as we can tell there is no one product that designstudents use.• We think the reasons are:• The stepped process of learning• Web „things‟ move much too fast• Tools out there, such asblogger, tumblr, flickr, deviantArt do one thing and do itvery well• Plus there is a new cool thing every year
  21. 21. The solution?The Question mark is important
  22. 22. Wordpress• Has reached a mature state and become many things todifferent people• IS the industry standard and looks like being for at leasta couple of years• Has the ability to be a blogging collaboration tool as wellas a portfolio, and can switch by the flick of a theme
  23. 23. The big ideaDesign ledblogging toolPortfolio ofpieces
  24. 24. The real world equivalentat Worcester Digital ArtsLearning Journal (sketchbook)Assessed artwork (eg. A Bookcover) and or text (Learningreport)Portfolio for big wide world
  25. 25. An ecosystem of sitesClass of‟14portfolioStudent1Student4Student5Tutor1Tutor2Student3Student2
  26. 26. Worcesterdegreeshows.co.ukThe first, simple, prototype portfolio site
  27. 27. Worcesterdegreeshows.co.ukThe first, simple, prototype portfolio site
  28. 28. FolioPress.meBranding and name
  29. 29. A couple ofexamplesHow will this thing work
  30. 30. “LAURA”Example of a less techy, more arty student
  31. 31. Laura3434.worcdigital.co.uk• Gets a blog setup for her on the above address, with pre-made module categories, links to tutor blogs and fellowstudents• First week, first module, she is shown in class how to.• She is given some tasks• Find an example graphic piece, write 100 words and postarticle.• Find a fellow student‟s blog, write a commentLaura also gets a sketchbook decides that this bloggingstuff is not for her. She continues to use paper for the restof her time. Her blog remains waiting for her.
  32. 32. “DAVID”Example of a digital learner
  33. 33. David3434.worcdigital.co.uk• Gets the same blog and is given same tasks.• Continues to use the blog as a learning tool, and expandsthe use to other modules throughout his three years atUni.• During his second year he needs to show his portfolio tothe wider world. He uses this tool to do so and sends thelink around to employers.• He updates the look an content of his outward portfoliothroughout.• He buys his own domain and uses the same blog.• After university he gets a job but continues to use hisown webspace, domain and blog for his needs.
  34. 34. So what do we wantfrom this?And who is we?
  35. 35. Learning• Students well versed in digital with confidence• Better referencing and research (Mashups)• Different way of working more like industry and social• Central took for their studies rather than modular• Help with PDP for each student• as the things they do are all in one place – a current problemwith the modular system
  36. 36. ToolsScrapbook /IdeasSubmittedpiecesPortfolio
  37. 37. MarketingClass of‟13portfolioStudent1Student3Student2
  38. 38. Longevity• Keep track of work, have digital copies – a universityportfolio• URLs matter for Search, as does cross linking of content• These will build up over time and be used again and again• Students do some of the marketing for us, including anetwork of Alumni.
  39. 39. The whatOur big plan
  40. 40. When is all this happening• Degree show site was a prototype – May „13• Trial with students September ‟13 – built into newmodule map• Iron out problems, create report and larger release Jan‟14• Productise and package with industry partnerships?
  41. 41. What will a student get?• Webspace• FTP access to their blog folder• Domain name• With instructions on how to mask their URL• Wordpress blog with some default settings• Categories for module codes• Portfolio led themes• Privacy settings• Blogroll to fellow students and tutors• Useful plugins already installed• Some documentation
  42. 42. URLS = longevityStudentname.worcesterarts.ac.ukStudentcrazyname.com
  43. 43. Maintenence• We see this as a multisite wordpress system• http://codex.wordpress.org/User:Beltranrubo/BitNami_Multisite• Tutors and IT will have superadmin rights
  44. 44. Privacy – a big issue• Posts should be marked as private, unpublished orpublic• Private posts can be seen by select folk including tutors• This is not only because of privacy but also copyright• Portfolios should be the public facing area
  45. 45. Legals• Blogs need to be the responsibility of individual usersand not attributed to the University• Flags should be put up for copyright etc.• In the same way as Social sites
  46. 46. Official vs unofficial• The joy of Facebook is that it is deemed to be“uncontrolled”• A university publication has the air of officialdom and oftop down that school kids are used to• FB groups that evolve organically are more useful tostudents in “Getting stuff done on time” and can beacademically useful.• If we demand they do a blog and interact with peers andtutors, will they lose this?• In order to succeed our tools must engage and use theirexisting ones – for example posting to FB wall andTwitter
  47. 47. Thank YouSam Collett / Ree HanReferences and files can be found:stage.phenotype.net/samcollett

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