ePortfolio’s

April 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Education | 2 Comments
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On Sunday I had the opportunity to go to a session on ePortfolio’s run by Desire 2 Learn. It was a very useful, informative session and was not a “promoting our product” time at all. In face their product was not mentioned unless specific questions were asked. Well done D2L!

So here are a few notes from the session:

 

What is it?

Portfolio – collection of evidence gathered together –> shows a person’s learning journey over time (Butler, 2006).

ePortfolio – can have:

– supporting files
– evaluations, reflections and recommendations
– evidence of educational competencies
– writing samples (inlcuding drafts)
– projects
– evidence of creativity and performance
– evidence of extracurricular activities including leadership examples.

Why use an ePortfolio?

There are many advantages to an ePortfolio over a standard, paper-based portfolio:

– hyperlinked navigation / multimedia / ease of sharing
– easy access – anywhere, anytime
– one ePortfolio can have many uses (as you can create different views for different people to see)
– efficient organisation and management

Dedicated ePortfolio’s can give controlled access; they can be integrated with other systems (such as an LMS); can be used for assessment purposes; and can incorporate other web-based products.

 

ePortfolio’s & Learning

ePortfolio’s can expand learning opportunities. They are active, personal, reflective and social.

ePortfolio’s can be used by students for reflective learning. They can be used for recording information/reflections for example about work placements/practicums. They can capture the research, teaching and learning processes happening during research projects.

Recognition of prior learning can be shown in an ePortfolio. Assessment can be recorded (as well as comments, improvements etc).

They are a fantastic resource for showcasing student work.

 

ePortfolio’s for Teachers

ePortfolio’s can be used by teaching staff in much the same way as for students. They can be used to record/document/produce:

– Professional development
– Performance review
– Resumes and job applications
– Professional portfolio’s
– Peer review/assessment
– Showcase professional and personal achievement.

 

Summary

An ePortfolio is a powerful tool for both students and teachers. It allows learning to be documented in a structured way. It allows security of documents with the user choosing who can see what documents/blogs/etc.

Possibly the most useful part for teaching and learning is that, if used correctly it can capture collaboration that is going on between students, with the teacher, and with the community.

It is a journal of their learning.

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Facebook – the good, the bad and the ugly

April 15, 2010 at 9:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’m a teacher and I use facebook. I enjoy it. I can find out a lot of what is happening with my family and friends. These are things I would never have known before. I can find out that people are engaged, married, pregnant, given birth etc. I can find out how someone’s day is going, or share my own day/thoughts/feelings. It’s always nice to get affirmation, warm fuzzies etc.

However, along with the good also comes the bad and the ugly. There are some posts that you just don’t want to see. But the one I read the other day, although bad/ugly, was one I wanted to know. Written on an old students wall was, ‘RIP’. 21 years old and taken from this world. I knew him quite well and worked with both his mother and grandmother. A sad, difficult, disheartening moment.

Facebook – the good, the bad and the ugly. You know, I never would’ve known about this except for facebook.

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