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Traditionally evidence in education has been captured through text and writing. This has limited how evidence could be represented, especially when demonstrating practical skills and applied knowledge.
Eportfolios and mobile devices are being used to visually capture evidence within the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector to demonstrate people’s exiting skills when entering a course or while remaining in the workplace.
Capturing evidence through video, audio and digital images is allowing the better representation of a person’s skills and ability, thus providing cost saving to learners, employers and training providers and enabling people who are less text-literate to gain a qualification.
This evidence collection method is also allowing individuals to develop their digital literacy skills by being supported to effectively represent themselves online. This evidence is also being re-used and re-purposed by learners to gain employment or a promotion; entry into higher qualifications and/or gain credit/articulation; as well as applying for grants or entering exhibitions.