What are you or your institution currently doing (or thinking of doing) with ePortfolios?
any details you can provide a link to?
At Christchurch Polytechnic (CPIT), I have been working on an ongoing project. This project uses mobile phones to collect evidence of skill acquisition. The evidence, in the form of photos, videos, audio clips, text and cartoons are then collated on social networking sites. At the moment, we are using vox but have trialled a variety of sites including multiply, windows live, Moodle and mahara.
Currently, I am working with a group of students to explore the possibilities of creating eportfolios just using mobile phones. We are working with several sites which provide the capability to construct mobile web sites. So far, we have worked out how to create web pages using mobile phones We are still working on the cost of mobile web browsing and the limitations of the phone key pads.
Much of the work on creating eportfolios with mobile phones and social networking sites is archived on a blog. This blog is a record of my e-learning journey and as such contains lots of stuff, not all relevant to eportfolios :) Use the search function on the blog to get to the eportfolio blogs.
Keep in touch, Selena
Massey University ran an ePortfolio initiative in the College of Sciences. This introduced students to lifelong learning and gave them some tools to help them while at Massey and after graduation. The focus has been to support staff and students who use ePortfolios as part of an assessed part of a course. This compulsory element exposes students to ePortfolios and we expect that students will use these skills in other courses and in the workplace. More information is available at the College of Science website.
One example has been students in a third year agricultural degree are using ePortfolios to reflect on their practical project. They also use the social networking aspects to support the team working required for the project.
Massey used the MyPortfolio software.
At Unitec NZ there are several pilot initiatives underway with students, in particular in the Design Department using blogs as ePortfolios, and in areas such as Boat Building using a range of Web 2.0 tools.
A colleague (Diana Ayling) and I are also just about to pilot an initiative with faculty that scaffolds them through setting up their own professional ePortfolio (based partly on some other research/development/work I am doing around ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching). We're hoping that this approach will offer a guided journey that builds confidence, and in turn assists faculty whose students are keen to develop ePortfolios, and who wish to integrate the use of ePortfolios into programmes.
In teacher education, we are introducing ePortfolios to the teacher education programmes. Here is a link to the project website: http://sites.google.com/a/auckland.ac.nz/e-portfoliio/Home
You will find presentations from Lorraine Stefani and Bill Anderson there, that the staff here have found very helpful.
We are introducing ePortfolios in a student-centred and student-driven manner and are very much in early stages of the project.
At Otago we have a group that has been working over the past three years on an e-portfolio project in the Dentistry school. They have done some very good work toward developing portfolios that emphasise the professional nature of dentistry. Their focus is on the need for continuing professional education recorded in some way – hence the ep. Their model would be easily transferred, and of real use, to other professional fields. They have done all sorts of writing and presentations about this. I’ve asked one of them about any particular resources that could be available. Hope to have something for you soon.
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